Coast Starlight

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.

Author: Eric White

Eric graduated Ohio University in 2012 with a degree in Advertising and immediately went out to San Diego, California to start not using his degree. At the start of 2013, Eric quit his job, let his lease run out and started backpacking North America. Eric has worked with Amtrak, Crowdtap, HootSuite and others, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA... when not on the road.

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  1. Loved the music layover. Stunning visuals as always homie!

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    • Thanks dude. The song is “Motion Sickness” by Hot Chip, if you’re interested!

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  2. Great video clip, and also loved the music as well. You should take the train from Seattle to Chicago on Amtrak’s Empire Builder.. The view going though the Glacier Park is wonderful! I’ve taken the Empire Builder 3 times out to Glacier Park from Minnesota.

    My dream is take the train on the 4 corners.. Just a couple of weeks ago, we took the train from Orlando FL to D.C., then from D.C. to Chicago, then Chicago back home to MN.

    Looking forward seeing more train video from you!


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    • I’ve only heard great things about the Empire Builder and am really eager to hop on it sometime in the future. Thanks for your input Jay! Look out for the 3rd part of the series next week with video between Seattle and Vancouver, BC. Train on!

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