West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram.

Last week, Amtrak hooked me up with a trip from San Diego to Vancouver, BC with overnight stays along the way and then straight back to southern Cali. Here are the Instagram pictures from my week along the west coast with Amtrak!

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

From the Pacific Surfliner between SD and LA.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

The Pacific is visible from the Surfliner almost the entire trip. Sit on the left side heading north!

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

One last shot of the Surfliner, just north of LA.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

Literally two steps from the Amtrak stop, this bird really wanted to get away from me. Bay Bridge in the background.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

Met up with @smakins, a friend from back at Ohio University, in San Fran. This is from where she works at Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

On my way to find somewhere to watch the Pens playoff game in SF, I saw these bikes and seriously considered hotwiring one to get to the sports bar quicker. Luckily, found a nice spot near the Amtrak SF Ferry pickup and the Pens ended up winning!

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

Had this incredible view with my breakfast after waking up early on the Coast Starlight to Portland.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

Copped some local brew in Portland before meeting up with @zfried and spending the night not at bars, but eating all night and it was perfect.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

Meet Vadim, all the way from the Ukraine. We ended up chatting a bit on the Amtrak Cascade to Seattle, where he was headed for a few shows.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

Seattle being awesome.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

From my hotel window in Seattle.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

The portion of the Amtrak Cascade from Seattle to Vancouver, BC was one of my favorites from this trip.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

And you can see why.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

Vancouver is an incredibly aesthetic city. This is from my hotel, the Robsonstrasse. Ended up hanging out with an Instagram celebrity (ha), @missyhelly, and the gang at HootSuite!

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

I ate the bacon before I thought to take a picture of this glorious first breakfast in Canada.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

After missing my train in Vancouver, I had no choice but to catch a later bus to Seattle and stay the night there before the morning train to LA.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

King S treet Station in Seattle at like 11pm, bored as all hell and planning to stay the night at the station to save some money.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

Right after taking this picture, King Street Station closed and I found out you can not in fact wait over night at the stations for trains. And so it was hostel time.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

Rediscovered my fisheye lens while in Seattle. The next couple pics are with the Ollo Clip (and the last one too).

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

The observatory car on any train is the place to be. This is from the Coast Starlight.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

Again with the fisheye. This time at a stop in Oregon.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

Views from the Coast Starlight.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

Passed out somewhere in Oregon and woke up very early to the stop in Sacramento and this sweet sunrise.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

California in all it’s golden goodness from the Starlight.

West Coast Medley w/ Amtrak via Instagram

The last pic of the trip, taken from the Starlight as it winds it’s way along the southern California coast.

 





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. The good news: I really enjoyed your photos, having taken the Coast Starlight in the past. One of my fave train trips ever! When you can, take VIA Rail’s train from Toronto to Vancouver. Spectacular trip. The train is called The Canadian. You will spend three nights on the train, and buying a roomette [window seat in sleeper car that turns into a bed (privacy) at night] is well worth the cost if you can afford it. You will spend all your ‘awake time’ in the dome car and dining car….

    The bad news: In your descriptions: “it’s” is a contraction of “it is.” You can’t tell the difference between “its”and” it’s” ? I’ll cut you some slack and call it a typo. I know, I know–retired English teachers are the bane of everyone’s existence, especially those who write for the public, lol.

    Did you get a gift when you left the Coast Starlight?
    I did. It was Amtrak’s way of thanking a passenger for choosing the train instead of a plane!
    The gift basket contained a split of bubbly, a very attractive and sturdy Coast Starlight key ring, some chocolate candy, and the basket itself! I thought the attendant was trying to sell me the basket and contents at the end of the trip, and was dumbfounded to find it was a gift from Amtrak. This all happened about 20 years ago.
    Thanks for sharing your photos. I loved them, and they brought back memories.

    ~LizinToronto

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    • Ha, getting English lessons on my own blog! No, unfortunately there was no gift at the end of the Coast Starlight. There IS complimentary champagne if you have a sleeper car though!

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  2. Great photos! I hope to make it out west to enjoy this train.

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