by Deanna Ting | February 13, 2013

The Rocky Mountaineer, the Canadian sightseeing rail line, has announced a new route that begins or ends in Seattle, called the Coastal Passage. The new itinerary will debut Aug. 21 from Banff, Alberta. A total of four departures in the 2013 season will include Seattle. For the 2014 season, the number of departures that include the Washington city will grow to 24. The three-day, all-daylight journey will begin or end in Seattle, with stops in Vancouver, British Columbia; Banff; and Jasper, Alberta. The Coastal Passage marks the first time that Rocky Mountaineer will operate internationally. The company's president Randy Powell said the rail line's group business has tripled over the past three years. "Candidly, although I really believe in groups, I was very surprised by the growth in the number of we've had," he said. For meetings on board, lounge cars are set up as boardrooms, equipped with the latest meetings technology.