Hopping on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight in Emeryville (just outside San Fran) to make stops in Portland and Seattle was one of my favorite train trips I’ve been on yet. Partly because of the views and partly because I got hooked up with a sleeper car and all the benefits for the trip including meals, a complimentary bottle of bubbly to start the day off and even a wine tasting if you’re into that sort of thing! By the way, Amtrak’s meals are BALLER. They have a bacon cheeseburger and even a steak that trumps anything you’ll find on any airline or fast food joint.
Oregon and Washington are two of the greenest places I’ve ever been and contrasted with the snow on the ground along some parts of the trip, the greens looked even greener. I could have easily made the trip with my eyes pointed out the window the entire time but as is true with any Amtrak trip, people were eager to talk! It was on this ride that I met Amandine of France (from the last video) and Rob of Vancouver, BC (from this one), two train-taking travelers who had coincidentally both made the east/west ride across Canada.
Just like in San Francisco where Amtrak dropped me off right downtown, my overnight stays in Portland and Seattle were accomplished without ever calling a cab. And anyways, those two Pacific Northwest cities are so clean, green and pedestrian friendly that who really wants to fork over cash for a cab? Walk around the city and if you go to Portland, make sure to check out their jaw-dropping, mouth-watering street of food trucks.
Here is the second installment of the West Coast Medley series with Amtrak.