Have you been on the lookout for the perfect sight-seeing trip that is also budget-friendly? Then you’ll fall in love with the Coast Starlight Train. For just $97 you can easily travel throughout the west coast while enjoying some of the most spectacular views ever. You won’t believe where this train goes – the scenery is unbelievable!
20. The Train
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The Coast Starlight is a passenger train operated by Amtrak on the West Coast of the United States. It is currently one of the cheapest ways to travel throughout most of the West Coast as tickets start as low as $97. So what states does the train travel through?
19. The States
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Currently, the Coast Starlight travels between Los Angeles and Seattle. During the trip, the Coast Starlight train passes through Santa Barbara, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Portland. If you happen to get a ticket aboard the train you’ll be able to witness some spectacular views while on board. How? We’ll show you.
18. Lounge Car
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What makes the Coast Starlight so unique is the Sightseer Lounge Car. Inside the cars are beautiful open windows where you can take in the beautiful scenery while on your travels. But the most amazing view is inside of the observation car, which features floor to ceiling windows for a 360 viewing experience.
17. The Trip
The Sightseer Lounge Car is available to both coach and first class travelers, which is fantastic for people looking for a budget-friendly ride. The entire trip is 35+ hours as you’ll make your way through 30 distinct locations including Olympia-Lacey, Portland, and Sacramento.
You’ll be astonished by the scenery that $97 will get you!
16. The Scenery
Throughout the trip you’ll see the snow-covered mountains of the Cascade Range, Mount Shasta, and many more gorgeous forests and valleys. The beauty of the Pacific Ocean shoreline is undeniable, so the views you’ll be getting will stay with you for a lifetime. Don’t believe us? Check out what other people had to say about the trip!
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“My jaw dropped as the landscape outside changed from green valleys to rolling mountains and hills, to lush forests, cows on fields and snow-covered trees, to little neighborhoods and beautiful shorelines,” a review left on the Inquirer.net said. “It truly was a sight to behold.”
14. Ticket Options
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There are two different travel options that you can choose from. There are the coach tickets and then there are the more expensive tickets for the Superliner Sleeping Car. There are notable differences between the two and depending on the type of trip you are looking to go on, you’ll find either one or the other more appealing.
Let’s see what the major difference is.
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Those who are looking for maximum comfort will want to indulge in the Superliner Sleeping Car that comes in roomettes, bedroom suites, and family bedrooms. You also get fresh towels, a bathing area, and special meals. But that’s not all you’ll get with the $325 “Superliner Roomette” ticket!
12. More Amenities
For those that plan on booking one of the rooms on the train, you’ll also have access to the popular Parlor Car. Inside this train car is a full service bar, more dining options, wine and cheese plates, board games to play, and books to read. There won’t be a boring moment!
So what do you get with a coach ticket?
11. Riding Coach
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If you’re not looking for a high maintenance trip then a coach ticket would be just the choice for you. While you don’t get a bed or shower-area to utilize, you do get a large comfy chair with tons of legroom and access to outlets and Wi-Fi. It’s comparable to a long plane ride but with great views and more legroom!
But that’s not all!
10. Observation Deck
As we’ve mentioned above, coach passengers and first class riders both are given access to the Sightseer Lounge Car. You won’t miss out on a second of the scenery, no matter which way you choose to ride the Coast Starlight. There are, however, a few highlights of the trip that many riders have been so kind as to point out…
9. Los Angeles
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One of the top customer favorites is the starting point of Los Angeles. The station where passengers board is quite iconic, with over 1.6 million people traveling through it each year. The train station is actually located right next to the original Los Angeles settlement.
However, there are still many more favorites that you’ll be dying to see!
8. San Luis Obispo
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Another major destination point is San Luis Obispo. The area contains some out of this world scenery that you won’t be able to take your eyes off. You’ll enjoy a view filled with hills, the ocean, and you might even pass by a winery or two!
The next destination favorite is along the east side of the San Francisco Bay.
In Oakland, you’ll arrive at the Jack London Square, where you can hop right into San Francisco through the Amtrak’s Thruway service. If you plan on sticking around for the rest of the ride then you’ll continue to view the San Francisco Bay area while heading on to another destination where you’ll pass by one of the most beautiful national parks.
6. Klamath Falls
Klamath Falls is in Oregon and is an entryway to the Crater Lake National Park. While traveling to this destination you’ll get a spectacular view of Mt. Shasta. You’ll be blown away by the beauty of this snow-covered peak. Next on the passenger favorites is the largest city in Oregon!
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For those of you that don’t know, Portland, Oregon actually sits on the exact path that Lewis and Clark took when they were making their way across the West. As the largest city in Oregon, Portland has tons to offer and the views while getting into the city are phenomenal.
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Finally, the last trip on the trains heads off in Seattle, Washington. The train drops you off in downtown Seattle where you can easily walk on over to the Seattle Seahawks and the Mariners stadiums. Your trip will have ended here but the views will stay with you for a lifetime.
So how often does the train run?
3. Train Schedule
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If all of this sight-seeing and traveling sounds good to you, then you’ll want to book your ticket ASAP. Luckily, the train heads out on a daily basis. So if you’ve been looking for a fun weekend trip to embark on then the Coast Starlight may just be the best option for you!
2. The Stops
You can take the train to any of the stops along the way, so you don’t have to take it all the way to Seattle. You may just want to head off into Portland or maybe take a trip to Vancouver, Washington. That’s one of the unique perks of traveling this route by train instead of by car or plane.
1. The Beauty of It
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While you could just take a plane ride to your final destination and get the traveling over with, the Coast Starlight offers a unique experience that you won’t get anywhere else. You’ll be stunned by spectacular views and have the option of getting off board at any of the major train stops.
Be sure to share this article with your traveling buddies so you can get started on your next fun trip!