The 2,775 mile train journey across Canada provided a great opportunity to experience a wide variety of scenery, from forests laced with lakes and rivers, to wide open prairies to the majesty of the Canadian Rockies.
After arriving in Toronto and spending Saturday seeing the city, we boarded The Canadian late that night to begin our journey west. The first full day was spent entirely in Ontario, moving through beautiful forests, lakes and streams. Early on day two we arrived in Winnipeg, where we had a four hour stopover and a chance to explore the city.
We continued through the plains of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, after leaving Winnipeg. The prairie began to give way as we reached Edmonton early on Tuesday morning. We soon saw the mountains in the distance and spent the rest of that day crossing over the continental divide before reaching Vancouver early the next morning.
A 12 day journey in June 2009 around Scotland by train made a special mother / 18 year-old daughter trip.
After flights from the US to Manchester, England, we made our way into Scotland on different four trains before arriving in Aviemore. This small town is located adjacent to Cairngorms National Park and is a short distance from Inverness. We were able to enjoy a nice hike in the national park and an afternoon walk and dinner in Inverness later that day.
Stirling, our second stop in Scotland, is of great strategic and historic importance. We spent our time visiting the castle, old town and the William Wallace Monument.
We spent three days in Fort William enjoying several outdoor activities, including hiking and boat cruising on a lake. We also took a day trip by train and ferry to the Isle of Skye.
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, was our last stop on our train journey. We spent time here visiting many historic sights as well as several museums.
We took a three-week trip to five countries in Europe, using the train and bus as our primary modes of transportation. Our children were six and nine during this trip, which was their first taste of extended international travel in a hostel setting. We also spent quite a bit of time hiking in the Swiss Alps, completing some beautiful day hikes as well as treks to two different overnight huts nestled in the mountains.
We explored Alaska by train and cruise ship over 13 days in June 2007. The highlights of the visit included two national parks, Denali and Glacier Bay, as well as activities in four cities. The wide open spaces and natural beauty made it a very special trip.