Seattle -> Portland

Seattle -> Portland

The Pacific Northwest boasts some of the nation’s most beautiful sights — from breathtaking ocean vistas to the snow-capped Mt. Olympia, Washington State and Oregon are a definite must-visit on your #AmtrakAdventure list. The Coast Starlight and Cascades takes you in between Seattle and Portland and beyond. The train is a perfect way to get acquainted with these two Northwestern cities only hours away from one another.

The Emerald City is truly the jewel of the Northwest. Architectural wonders like the Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market full of food, crafts and fresh produce, and the original Starbucks makes for a fun-filled trip to Seattle. Feeling outdoorsy? Check out the amazing views of Puget Sound from Discovery Park.

Stumptown features a host of activities and sights. Portland definitely has a hipster vibe, and that shines through in the unique breweries like Burnside Brewing Co., or cool coffee spots like Sterling Coffee Roasters. Or, check out downtown on a Cycle Portland bike tour.

Inspired to check it all out? It’s as easy as 1,2,3…4,5:

Step 1: Go to or download the handy Amtrak app to book tickets from SEA>PDX or PDX>SEA.

Step 2: Read up on our baggage policy and safety tips to make sure you’re prepared.

Step 3: Be sure to pack some Amtrak essentials, like a cozy blanket, headphones, or books.

Step 4: Hop on board, and be sure to grab some hot coffee, tea, or an adult beverage. ?

Step 5: Have Instagram at the ready, because you’re going to capture some awesome ocean or forest views. Be sure to tag us @amtrak or #Amtrak and your trip could be reposted in our feed!

Bonus tip: On the northbound trip to Seattle, take the Cascades line and keep heading north to Vancouver. Or, southbound take the Coast Starlight down the gorgeous coasts of California to LA!

Have you been to either of these two Amtrak-served cities? Tell us your recs in the comments below.