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Vancouver - Seattle - Portland - Eugene

The Cascades service by Amtrak offers a stunning journey through the heart of the Pacific Northwest from Canada to Oregon. Marvel at the beauty of the Pudget Sound, lush temperate forests, and towering volcanic mountains as the train winds its way through the rugged coastline and scenic valleys.

Relax in comfortable seating and indulge in amenities like a bar car serving snacks and drinks. With the Cascade service, Amtrak provides a remarkable travel experience that showcases the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest.

10 hours

Trip Time

467 mi (752 km)

Trip Length

Multiple Daily


Route Highlights

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Starting in the bustling city of Vancouver, passengers can explore diverse attractions like Stanley Park with its famous Seawall and Totem Poles. The city's blend of urban sophistication and outdoor opportunities like nearby Grouse Mountain sets the tone for the journey.

Fraser River: Winding along the Fraser River, the train offers views of this essential waterway's beauty. The riverbanks are dotted with wildlife, and the surrounding landscapes range from lush forests to rugged mountains.

Bellingham, Washington: With its rich maritime history and the charming Fairhaven Historic District, Bellingham is a delightful stop. The nearby Chuckanut Drive offers breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands and is a renowned scenic byway.

Puget Sound: As the train travels alongside Puget Sound, passengers are treated to sweeping vistas of the sparkling water, lush islands, and potential sightings of orcas and other marine life. This coastal journey provides some of the most serene and captivating views in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle, Washington: Seattle, home to the iconic Space Needle and Pike Place Market, offers a mix of modern urban life and natural beauty like the Washington Park Arboretum. Cultural attractions like the Museum of Pop Culture and opportunities to explore nearby mountains and forests make Seattle a highlight.

Lake Washington: The crossing of Lake Washington on a floating bridge offers a unique perspective on this vast lake. Surrounded by hills and dotted with sailboats, the lake's scenic views are a peaceful interlude on the journey.

Tacoma, Washington: Tacoma's burgeoning arts scene includes the Museum of Glass and Tacoma Art Museum. Along with cultural attractions, the city offers beautiful parks like Point Defiance, blending urban life with natural beauty.

Mount Rainier: Mount Rainier, an active volcano and the highest mountain in Washington, provides an awe-inspiring backdrop. On clear days, its snow-capped peak is a majestic sight, symbolizing the natural grandeur of the region.

Olympia, Washington: As Washington's state capital, Olympia hosts the beautiful Washington State Capitol Building and Percival Landing Park, offering a blend of history, politics, and scenic waterfront views. Farmers' markets and local art galleries add to the city's charm.

Columbia River: The crossing of the Columbia River showcases the river's immense scale and importance. Views of bridges like the Astoria-Megler and the surrounding cliffs and waterfalls create a dramatic and memorable scene.

Portland, Oregon: Known for its vibrant arts scene and beautiful gardens like the Portland Japanese Garden, Portland offers a rich urban experience. Iconic locations like Powell's Books and the historic Old Town Chinatown provide unique cultural exploration opportunities.

Willamette Valley: Traversing the fertile Willamette Valley, passengers can observe lush vineyards and agricultural landscapes. Known for its wine production, the valley offers a tranquil and picturesque segment of the journey.

Eugene, Oregon: Eugene, home to the University of Oregon, has attractions like the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the nearby Willamette National Forest. Its blend of academic vibrancy and outdoor recreation options makes it a multifaceted destination.


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