Posts Tagged: Coast Starlight

5 Essential Insider Tips About Portland, Oregon

5 Essential Insider Tips About Portland, Oregon

Named one of Amtrak's 10 best places to visit in 2014, Portland, Ore., is dotted with tons of sights (big and small) that are within walking distance of the train station! But to uncover the city's best gems, it takes some insider info from a local. Molly McHugh is an editor with the Daily Dot who's an Oregon native and loyal Pacific Northwest resident who, ...

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An Insider’s Guide to the Best Sights in Seattle

An Insider’s Guide to the Best Sights in Seattle

Laura Lawson Visconti is a Seattle-based artist, coffee addict and author of Believing is Seeing, a memoir chronicling her battle with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare eye disease which is slowly rendering her blind. More than anything, she loves exploring the world, including the sights in Seattle, with her best friend and husband Nick. We caught up with Laura recently to learn ...

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4 Most Scenic Train Rides

4 Most Scenic Train Rides

There's nothing like scenic train rides to get all your Instagram followers excited! While we think all of our routes are special, there are a few that really take our breath away. Here are the four most beautiful Amtrak trips in the U.S.! Coast Starlight The Coast Starlight connects Los Angeles and Seattle and goes through some pretty amazing terrain (this Instavideo proves it!). When you travel ...

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Amtrak Riders’ Best Travel Tips

Amtrak Riders’ Best Travel Tips

We turned to  seasoned Amtrak riders for their best travel tips--and they delivered some helpful advice! From offering the best route for a first-time rider to what to do once  you're on the train, this list will come in handy any time you ride the train to one of our more than 500 destinations. 7.  "It's a lot cheaper than air travel. ...

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Fans Pick Best Places to Visit in 2014

Fans Pick Best Places to Visit in 2014

When we vowed to retire the term “staycation” in 2014, you responded in a big way. Hundreds of you shared all the best places to visit by train in the New Year using the hashtag #Amtrak2014, and we’re excited to announce that the results are in! Here are the top 10 places Amtrak fans & followers are going in 2014: ...

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Your votes have been tallied from the far corners of Twitter, Facebook and Google+! This week's Photo of the Week comes from the beautiful King Street Station in Seattle! A large-scale renovation of the station was recently completed, which salvaged the ornate ceiling that was previously covered by a lower false ceiling. The holiday decorations then add the perfect sparkle to the historic 1906 building. Seattle ...

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7 Breathtaking Photos of a West Coast Train Trip

7 Breathtaking Photos of a West Coast Train Trip

Scenic train rides are awesome for novice and pro photographers because they allow for capturing breathtaking photos along the journey. Jordan Oram, known as the Maple Musketeer to his followers, recently took one such trip. "I teach, I speak, I ramble, and adventure," says the guitarist and photographer. Lucky for us, he also likes taking the train! Here is Jordan's ...

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Your votes have been tallied from the far corners of Twitter, Facebook and Google+! The winner of this week's Photo of the Week is Ben, who snapped this beautiful pic from an observation car looking out over the Puget Sound! What makes the observation cars so cool is that they have floor to ceiling windows, giving them their nickname "sightseer lounges." They bring daydreaming out ...

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Your votes have been tallied from the far corners of Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and the winner of this week's Photo of the Week is this beautiful pic from the Observation Car of our Coast Starlight! The Coast Starlight connects Los Angeles and Seattle on the West Coast. When you travel on it, you'll see the snow on the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta and some of the West Coast's coolest cities (Portland, Seattle, ...

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Beauty and Beats on Coast Starlight, Cascades

Beauty and Beats on Coast Starlight, Cascades

Aaron Durand is more than a Twitter guru, he's also a life-long rail fan who recently enjoyed both passions while traveling on our Coast Starlight and Cascades trains. In fact, while friend and fellow photographer Jessica Zollman captured still images on her iPhone, he created this brief but beautiful micro-music video. "A natural byproduct of being a rail fan are tunnels, trestles, and ...

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Freedom at Her Fingertips

Freedom at Her Fingertips

Last month, Instagram photographer extraordinaire Jessica Zollman (or @jayzombie) set out on a great Amtrak adventure on the Left Coast. She rode on our Coast Starlight then hopped on the Cascades, learning a thing or two about photographing moving landscapes and even her own ancestry along the way! Jessica served as the Community Evangelist for Instagram for nearly two years and now does ...

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5 Best Cities for Halloween

5 Best Cities for Halloween

There's nothing scarier than a First Class Acela car that's out of coffee. We're kidding. There's plenty of more frightening things just in the Quiet Car alone. When you want to have a little fun with your fright, there are a few awesome destinations you need to check out. Luckily, we have compiled a list of the top five best Halloween ...

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All Aboard the (Crowd Funded) Love Train

All Aboard the (Crowd Funded) Love Train

Next month London-based newlyweds Mike and Becca are setting off on a true adventure. More than a lifetime of marital bliss lies before them. Instead, it's about 3,000 miles of rail that they have to look forward to. "We plan to take in the sights of New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle and San Francisco," Becca says. Their love ...

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Travel Young and Travel Often

Travel Young and Travel Often

Your youth is for traveling .... Traveling to make memories, traveling to make new friends and, most importantly, traveling to make really awesome Instagram pics. Even if you don't have a big adventure planned for this weekend (although there's still time to plan!), you're in luck. You can follow Jessica and Aaron on their West Coast excursion on our Coast ...

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

  This edition of Photo of the Week is brought to you by Instagram photogs and BFFs @Michimichichoi and @Jainsmoments who traveled to Santa Barbara, CA for a girls trip. Served by our Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight, Santa Barbara is great for day excursions, weekend getaways or extended vacays. As you can see, shopping was a must for this ...

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