See why luxury train travel is the new way to get where you’re going. This coastal trip passes both snowy mountains and sunny shoreline.

By Hannah Bruneman
April 09, 2019

If you’re looking for a stress-free, inexpensive, scenic way to travel, you’re not going to find it on a plane. Instead, a luxury train ride might be more your speed. While there are many beautiful and thrilling places a train can take you, one of the most spectacular routes is right here in the USA. It’s the Coast Starlight train from Amtrak.

Image courtesy of Amtrak

The Coast Starlight train runs from Los Angeles to Seattle, and the views are so picturesque. Riders will get to take in the best that the West coast has to offer like snow-covered mountain peaks, to vibrant green forests, and miles upon miles of sparkling ocean shoreline.

Train rides are for the people who know the journey is usually better than the destination. Although the stopping points along the way have a lot to offer (hello, Portland, Sacramento, and San Francisco Bay Area) riders will end their trip talking about the scenic route along the way. It’s like a road trip, but better, because you can take your eyes off the roads.

The train isn’t your average commuter train, either. Since the ride is a 35-hour journey, there is plenty of room to walk around, enjoy a meal, and, of course, sleep. Families of four can stay in a bedroom suite with four bunk beds, two toilets, and two in-room showers.

The lounge car has casual dining options for the ride and roomy tables where you can sip a cocktail and play a game of cards with other attendees. For a more formal meal, head to the dining car. There, you’ll find gourmet entrees such as griddle seared Norwegian salmon, butternut squash risotto, and thyme roasted chicken breast.

You can add this to your list of affordable vacations, too. The cost will vary depending on the day you depart, but a full trip from Los Angeles to Seattle can start as low as $98. For $20 extra, you can bring your bicycle along and take advantage of California’s many nature trails at one of the stops.

Whether you take a trip with your mom or grab a few girlfriends and head on an adventure, a scenic train ride like this is a wonderful way to sit back, relax, and see Mother Nature at her finest. We can't wait to climb aboard!


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