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10 Incredible Train Trips


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The Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle
A train trip up the Pacific coast can be a beautiful way to see the West.
A train trip up the Pacific coast can be a beautiful way to see the West.
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Maybe you want to see the west coast of the United States, but aren't interested in driving the whole way. Instead of focusing on the road, you can soak in the views on the Coast Starlight.

This Amtrak train departs every day on the 35-hour trip from Los Angeles to Seattle, stopping in towns along the way. The 1,377-mile (2,216-kilometer) trip skirts Pacific beaches, the Cascade Mountains, Mount Shasta and beautiful parks. You'll pass through San Francisco, Sacramento, Calif., and Portland, Ore., on your way up the coast.

If you're traveling with kids, you can send them to the Arcade Room to play some video games while you enjoy the daily local wine and cheese tasting. Like on many of Amtrak trains, the Coast Starlight has free WiFi in the first-class Parlour Car.


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