This might be the most luxurious way to experience the Rocky Mountains

In Western Canada, the private luxury train company the Rocky Mountaineer traces a line from Vancouver, through the Rocky Mountains and onto Alberta. Already renowned as one of the most visually stimulating ways to travel these parts, the route is about to get even more scenic.

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In Western Canada, the private luxury train company the Rocky Mountaineer traces a line from Vancouver, through the Rocky Mountains and onto Alberta. Already renowned as one of the most visually stimulating ways to travel these parts, the route is about to get even more scenic.

They’re called the GoldLeaf service coaches and they’re quite simply stunning.

Rocky Mountaineer recently announced the fleet addition of seven new bi-level rail cars with oversized glass-dome windows and separate dining areas.

The transparent dome provides sweeping views of the landscape, allowing passengers to look up to the mountains that tower above them as they pass through the coastal and Rocky Mountain ranges.

“These new GoldLeaf rail cars will allow us to welcome even more guests on board our trains and offer increased availability across our most popular dates and routes,” said Steve Sammut, president and CEO of Rocky Mountaineer in a press release. “We were intentional in designing these new cars to offer the same exemplary guest comfort across the entire fleet, while also making numerous engineering enhancements behind the scenes that reflect our goal of constantly enhancing both the experience and efficiency of our service.”

The new luxury cars seat 72 guests and feature separate dining areas with white-linnen service, dimmable glass to moderate light, revamped galley kitchens, outdoor open-air viewing areas, heated composite-leather seats that recline and spin 180-degrees to create room, and improved suspension for a smoother ride.

In what is the largest capital investment in the company’s 30-year history, Rocky Mountaineer tapped Swiss rail car builder Stadler to help engineer and construct the GoldLeafs at its facility in Germany.

Passengers can now book trips in the new GoldLeaf cars this year on one of two routes, from Vancouver to Lake Louise or Banff, or from Vancouver to Jasper. Prices start around $2,400, including the hotel stay.

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