A rail excursion through the mountains of Western Canada aboard the Rocky Mountaineer has long been on my list of to-do train rides. And this morning, here I am: in Vancouver watching a quarter-mile-long train in stunning blue and gold livery ease to a gentle stop at the platform right in front of me.
The mountainous regions of British Colombia and Alberta in Canada are places where the journey truly is as exciting as the destination. Winding through the snowy mountains in a train or cruising in a car up the Icefields Parkway, nature displays one unbelievable panorama after another.
Short-hop flights are bad for the environment (and less enjoyable every month), but driving is also inefficient and steadily more expensive. Tim Leffel sets out on a family vacation covering four cities, using public transportation for 12 days.