Dramatic views of lofty mountain peaks, deep forests, and pristine waterways frame the way for some of North America's most impressive rail routes on Rocky Mountaineer. The train sets a new standard for railway excellence, and as a result, has been hailed as the gold standard for train travel since its inaugural route in 1990. Meander alongside rushing rivers and past plunging gorges. Marvel at waterfalls cascading down mountainsides and sparkling glacial lakes that are so vividly blue and green that they appear otherworldly. Watch as wildlife comes into view - animals that are so at home in the untouched wilderness that they regularly wander within the eyeshot of the train's tracks. Best of all, these magnificent sights are presented in their full glory during each route, thanks to the train's commitment to traveling only during daylight hours and to moving at a leisurely pace that averages just 30 mph.