A Guide to the Coast Starlight
Grab your camera and pack your bags for this picturesque journey along the West Coast. Known as one of the most scenic trips in North America, the Coast Starlight route begins in Seattle and concludes in Los Angeles. With miles of breathtaking diverse views, this getaway is an explorer’s dream come true.
For those going the distance, the Superliner Roomette is a perfect way to wind down in privacy. The room features two comfortable seats that convert into a bed for when you’re ready to sleep. Personal hospitality services include turn-down, as well as coffee and meals that are delivered to your room.
If you’re up for company, the Coast Starlight route offers a full-service dining experience in the Dining Car. Additional food and entertainment are available at the Parlor Car, which includes a full-service bar with Happy Hour specials, wine and cheese tastings, on-board cinema, a selection of books, and an arcade room with a variety of video games.
Planning your Coast Starlight adventure? Don’t miss out on these memorable stops along the way.
- Seattle Center: Although the center is a hub for events year-round, you’re here to see the Chihuly Garden and Glass. Take the lightrail from Pioneer Square, then hop on the historic Monorail and hop off at the Seattle Center.
- Pike Place Market: Overlooking the Elliot Bay Waterfront, the Pike Place Market is a top attraction for tourists. With diverse eats from local businesses and a bustling area to shop handmade crafts and art, everyone will leave happy.
- Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room: Before you start your grand tour around the city, you might need a boost of energy. Home to where Starbucks first started, the Starbucks Roastery will give you a full coffee tasting experience.
- MoPop: What lives at the intersection of David Bowie, The Muppets and Star Wars? The Museum of Pop Culture. A must-see.
- Olympic Sculpture Park: As Seattle’s largest green space, the sculpture park is a welcome respite from the city hustle.
Your stop: King Street Station
- Tom McCall Waterfront Park: Right downtown in Portland, this park brings together a community of bikers and joggers.
- Portland Japanese Garden: Don’t miss a chance to visit this world-renowned garden. Experience serenity and tranquility, not to mention great views of the city.
- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry: Two words: submarine tour.
- Portland Saturday Market: Help keep Portland weird by supporting local farmers and artisans at Portland Saturday Market. Don’t be fooled by the name–this market actually takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
Your stop: Union Station
- LACMA: Art aficionados will spot the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from far away with its outdoor installation of Chris Burden’s ‘Urban Lights’. The popular installation is the perfect spot for your next Instagram post.
- Grand Central Market: Ready to eat? This chaotic market is home to an eclectic range of food from German currywurst to vegan Japanese ramen. Chow down on these diverse flavors.
Your stop: Union Station
- Golden Gate Bridge: Take a walk on the bridge, and get a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
- City Lights Bookstore: Curl up with a book, and feel the “beat” of Jack Kerouac. Read about the start of the Beat Generation, a literary movement that influenced American culture and politics.
Your stop: Jack London Square
- California State Capitol: As the capitol of the state of California, it’s essential to visit the historic building. Tours are available during the week, and admission is free.
- California Railroad Museum:A nod to the rails–learn about the 150-year old history of California’s railway system.
Your stop: Station Building