When it comes to train excursions, Canada is, no doubt, a leader in North America. In fact, a train excursion through Rocky Mountains in Canada was honored at the 2005 Travel Awards as the world's leading travel practice by train. A journey through picturesque places of Canada's West and Canadian Rockies is truly an amazing experience. Canada's wilderness is really marvelous, especially in winter, with its snow-covered mountain-tops, frozen waterfalls, and glacial blue lakes.
Train excursions of the kind include four vacation packages to choose from. The classic route is a two-day Goldleaf Service comprising not only spectacular views, but also signature cuisine in the dining coaches. A four-day classic rail vacation also includes hotel accommodation in Vancouver and Banff. In a six-day Canadian Rockies Highlights journey you can also observe one of the greatest views in Canada - Lake Louise. And the most spectacular nine-day trip is the fullest experience of Canada's beautiful nature you may dream of.
No less impressive is the renowned American Orient Express, which will cruise you through five American national parks on the National Parks of the West tour and the endless variety of natural wonders through 12 states on the Great Transcontinental Rain Journey. One of the newest train excursions is the American Southwest, which will open the insight into Native Americans culture by taking you all the way through the wonderful sights of desert, canyons and wildlife.
The essential of the Orient Express train excursions is the excitement you feel from traveling in rail cars made at the peak of American luxurious rail travel - 1940s-1950s - with every coach restored and adjusted to a new level of modern grandeur. There are lots of different ways you can enjoy your trip apart from watching the breathtaking views out of your window: take part in a bridge game, have a glass of wine in the dining coach, or just sit comfortably, relax and listen to mellow tunes in the piano lounge.
One more North America's train excursion is the Alaska Railroad Tour. Not only does it provide a fabulous journey through the most beautiful places of Alaska, but also include special event trains, such as the Great Alaska Beer Train or Alaska Railroad Blues Train. The Beer Train will take you to a round-trip from Anchorage to Portage with an impressive assortment of the finest brews from Anchorage's Glacier Brew House. The Blues Train features the performances by Canada's favorite blues acts in Alaska Railroad's Tiki rail car.
In Mexico there is much to see also, and train taking will not be a bad decision, as there exist many excursion trains, all providing highly enjoyable trips. Expreso Maya, for instance, is an unforgettable trip through Ancient Mayan Ruins of Yucatan featuring exciting lectures on the colonial era and Mayan culture. The rail cars are highly comfortable and will allow you enjoying the train excursions to their fullest. So, do not hesitate a minute - you are still not late to order a train excursion to the Klondike of emotions!