Explore the West Coast via Train. Seattle to Los Angeles for only $97
I was talking to a friend of mine who travels a lot by train last night. I’ve only traveled on short routes between Portland and Seattle, so I was incredulous when she said she liked long train trips. There was an event in Las Vegas she wanted to attend, and being that she lived near Chicago, she mentioned that signing up for a train ride across the country was the way to go.
As you can imagine, the first thing that I said was “No way you’re gonna see me for 4 days inside of a train!” Once I started looking into the options that Amtrak provides, including the options for actual cabins with beds, my thoughts changed slightly. Turns out there’s some really good deals out there. You could take a weekend trip from Seattle to Los Angeles (or vice versa) for only $97 one way. Seems like an awesome way to enjoy the scenery of the west coast!
The Coast Starlight has service daily between Los Angeles and Seattle. The landscape is gorgeous as you can imagine. The Amtrak description makes it sound magical.
A Grand West Coast Train Adventure, en route daily between Los Angeles and Seattle, the Coast Starlight train passes through Santa Barbara, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Portland. Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes, the Coast Starlight links the greatest cities on the West Coast. The scenery along the Coast Starlight route is unsurpassed. The dramatic snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta, lush forests, fertile valleys and long stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline provide a stunning backdrop for your journey.
Here’s a map of the full route. The trip takes 35 hours and 15 minutes, but don’t let that turn you off!
Right now you can get a one way ticket for only $97. If you want to get the room that converts to a bed, you can get the Superliner Roomette for only $397. While you won’t have a private bathroom, you will have a bed!