City Pairs: Seattle>Vancouver

City Pairs: Seattle>Vancouver

Want to know a not-so-secret secret? Amtrak takes you across the border into Canada, full of delicious dining, amazing national parks, and bustling city centers. If you find yourself on the West Coast, working your way north can turn into an awesome (and international) #AmtrakAdventure!

Read on for recommendations for both  Seattle and Vancouver, two stops you’re not going to want to miss on the Amtrak Cascades

Seattle: The Emerald City is truly the jewel of the Northwest. Architectural wonders like the Space Needle (think epic selfies), 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. Seattle is where nature, good eats, and unique finds combine for a perfect weekend jaunt.

Vancouver: Step off the train and stretch your legs at Stanley Park. This beautiful oasis is known for its amazing views of the Georgia Strait, biking, long strolls through lush greenery, and great places to grab a bite. Next, be sure to stop by Granville Island, a family-friendly destination with lots of local culture, markets, and activities. Science World has got some great attractions and exhibits sure to add an educational element to your trip. Check out West Coast Food to find out how to track down a perfectly poured craft IPA or choose snacks from over 100 food trucks. Lastly, check out Vancouver Chinatown for delectable dim sum and unique gifts.

Intrigued? We thought so. Here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Go to or download the handy Amtrak app to book tickets fromSEA>VAC or VAC>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 #AmtrakViews. Be sure to tag us @amtrak or #Amtrak and your trip could be reposted in our feed!

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