“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” — Rachel Wolchin
Indeed, there are a lot of reasons why one should travel and explore the world at least once a year. Aside from enriching one’s knowledge about the world, science has proven that traveling is beneficial to our health.
However, a lot of people have second thoughts about traveling. The first reason why they hesitate to explore the wonders of the world is due to financial reasons. But good news! For only $97, you can immerse yourself with the beautiful sceneries of America in a 35-hour trip via Amtrak’s Coast Starlight.
Running from Seattle, Washington to Los Angeles, California, The 35-hour route makes a total of 30 stops, including Santa Barbara, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Portland, Oregon. Throughout your journey, you will see the breath-taking views of the beautiful mountains, rich forests, picturesque valleys, and the relaxing sight of the Pacific Ocean.
In addition, you will enjoy these gorgeous scapes in the comfort of sleeping cars, dining cars, a sightseer lounge car, cozy coach seats with extra legroom, and of course, free WIFI connection!
Also, if you have a dog or a cat at home whom you want to explore the world with, Amtrak lets you bring your furry friend if your chosen journey is less than 7 hours. But, make sure to check the pet requirements before packing for proper setting of expectation.
“I just took the Coast Starlight last month, from LA to Seattle. It was a beautiful trip, especially the beach sidetrack from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo and the Paso Robles pass in the mist.” Judi Romaine, one of Amtrak’s passenger who availed the $97 train ride, shared on Amtrak’s Facebook page.
“Took the Coast Starlight last week from LA to Seattle. One of the best trips that I have ever done, my wife and I loved it. We were on a trip around the west from Pittsburgh, Pa to La up to Seattle and back home. Bucket list item done but I think that we will redo this one-it was great.” Another satisfied customer of Amtrak, Ken Martin shared the lovely and memorable trip he had with Amtrak.
“This is always my favorite link when i hit the rails for a run around the country. Prefer to go up to Seattle, rather than down for the timing of the coastal views. Book a sleeper and you will have access to the Pacific Parlor Car which is the only parlor car (that I know of) on Amtrak. Highly recommended.” Robert Sanders, a frequent traveler, shared a helpful tip for those who are planning to experience Amtrak’s scenic train ride.
The affordable $97 for a 35-hour trip is a one-way, single ticket. And due to its popular demand, you have to plan weeks ahead of your travel dates to secure multiple tickets because there are times that tickets are only available on certain days.
In addition, the super saver train ride does not include any sleeping arrangement. If you want to avail a sleeping arrangement, you can buy premium tickets at premium prices for a Superliner Roomette.
This comes with two fold-down beds, a satisfying meal, and a private window to enjoy the relaxing view you definitely wouldn’t want to miss!
But if it is simply the spectacular and breath-taking view you are after, then the super-saver price of $97 is already worth the price!
So what are you waiting for? Start planning the biggest travel adventure you will embark on this year!
Watch the video below and follow Amtrak’s Coast Starlight as it goest through some of the most spectacular scenery in the western United States.
Photos | Amtrak