Enjoy Stunning Views on the Coast Starlight
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From big city views to nearly 350 miles of California coastline, it’s no wonder that the Coast Starlight is considered to be one of the best and most scenic trips in North America. On this route you’ll ride through unsurpassed mountains and rolling hills, including Mt. Shasta, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Rainier — all before arriving in Seattle.
When traveling on the Coast Starlight, you can enjoy our full-service dining car or visit the stunning observation car to say hello to your surroundings and your fellow travelers. You and your new friends will also be able to listen to National Park Service guides narrate details of the passing terrain as part of our Rails and Trails program.
If you are traveling in a roomette or bedroom, you will also have access to the popular Parlor Car. This car offers more dining options (including a full service bar), wine and cheese pairings, board games, books, and large observation windows which can be viewed from our large, plush vintage seats. On the second level of the Parlor Car, there is a movie theater that screens family movies every evening.
At the end of the day, guests with private rooms will arrive back to their cozy beds to find that the sheets have been turned down by their personal attendant. Whether you are a business traveler going from Los Angeles to San Francisco or a tourist leisurely traveling the entire route from Seattle to Los Angeles, you’ll arrive at your destination relaxed and ready to take on your next adventure.
Los Angeles: This city is home to some of the largest media outlets and most notable celebrities in the world. Each year over 1.6 million people travel through this iconic station, which is located just next to the site of the original Los Angeles settlement.
San Luis Obispo: Once a European mission, this town is home to Cal Poly (aka California Polytechnic University), voted the West’s best public, master’s-level university 24 years in a row. San Luis Obispo contains unbelievable hills that reach straight to the ocean and is home to some of the best wineries in the world.
Oakland: Arriving at Jack London Square, you will not only be at the forefront of history but also in the center of many iconic California areas. You can easily get to San Francisco by utilizing Amtrak’s Thruway service, or choose to stay in the area and visit the place that inspired Jack London to write some of the most influential novels of all time.
Klamath Falls: Passing through Northern California, you will see Mt. Shasta on your way to the first stop in Oregon. Klamath Falls is the gateway to Crater Lake National Park, home to both one of the most pristine Arnold Palmer signature golf courses and some of the most unique birds in the country. Take the Amtrak Thruway service to reach this beautiful attraction.
Portland: Oregon’s largest city sits on the historic path Lewis and Clark came through when they traveled across the West. This vibrant and picturesque city has much to offer, and the train station is located in the middle of it all. Portland is home to some of the best chefs, wineries, and restaurants in the region, and with its views of the Cascade mountain range, great night life, and outdoor activities like biking and white water rafting, there’s a little something for everyone.
Seattle: You’ll arrive in downtown Seattle, which is walking distance from the stadiums that house both the Seattle Seahawks and the Mariners. Enjoy unsurpassed views of Puget Sound and visit the iconic Space Needle, the focal point of the World’s Fair in 1962. From Seattle, take the ferry to one of the many islands that form the Puget Sound to view orcas and other marine life.
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