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Coast Starlight


Seattle - Portland - San Francisco - Los Angeles

The Coast Starlight service by Amtrak offers a stunning journey along the West Coast, from Seattle to Los Angeles. Marvel at the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, lush forests, and towering mountains as the train winds its way through the rugged coastline and scenic valleys.

Relax in comfortable seating or private sleeping accommodations and indulge in amenities like a dining car serving delectable meals and a lounge where you can socialize and take in the panoramic views. With the Coast Starlight service, Amtrak provides a remarkable travel experience that showcases the natural wonders of the West Coast.

35 hours

Trip Time

1,377 mi (2,216 km)

Trip Length



Route Highlights

Los Angeles, California: Starting in the City of Angels, passengers can explore iconic attractions like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Griffith Observatory, and Getty Center. Los Angeles offers an exciting mix of entertainment, art, and diverse cuisine.

Santa Barbara, California: Known for its Mediterranean climate and Spanish architecture, Santa Barbara provides stunning coastal views and a rich cultural scene. The historic Stearns Wharf and the beautiful Santa Barbara Mission are must-see landmarks.

Point Conception Lighthouse: As the train continues along the coast, passengers are treated to a view of Point Conception Lighthouse, a historic beacon that has guided sailors for over a century. The rugged cliffs and coastal scenery create a picturesque vista.

San Luis Obispo, California: Home to the famous Madonna Inn and nearby Hearst Castle, San Luis Obispo offers a blend of history and natural beauty. The city's vibrant downtown and surrounding wine country make it a delightful stop.

Salinas Valley: Often called the "Salad Bowl of the World," Salinas Valley's sprawling agricultural fields provide insight into California's farming industry. Views of lettuce, strawberries, and other crops stretch as far as the eye can see.

Monterey Bay: Just a short Amtrak Bus connection away is the famous Monterey Bay, which offers breathtaking marine vistas and attractions like the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. The bay's abundant sea life, including sea otters and dolphins, adds to its charm.

San Francisco Bay Area: Another short bus or ferry ride away is San Francisco, offering a chance to explore landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Fisherman's Wharf. The area's blend of technology, culture, and natural beauty is captivating.

Oakland, California: Across the bay from San Francisco, Oakland's lively arts scene and waterfront attractions like Jack London Square offer urban exploration opportunities. The nearby Redwood Regional Park showcases California's iconic towering trees.

Sacramento River: The journey along the Sacramento River provides serene views of this vital waterway. Lined with trees and home to diverse birdlife, the river's natural beauty is a tranquil segment of the journey.

Mt. Shasta, California: The majestic view of snow-capped Mt. Shasta, one of the largest stratovolcanoes in North America, is a highlight of the trip. Its towering presence and surrounding alpine scenery create an awe-inspiring backdrop.

Klamath Falls, Oregon: Nearby Crater Lake National Park and the volcanic landscapes offer outdoor exploration opportunities. The city's geothermal activity and birding hotspots add to the natural allure.

Willamette Valley, Oregon: The train travels through Oregon's wine country, showcasing lush vineyards and rolling hills. The valley's picturesque landscapes and renowned Pinot Noir wines reflect the state's agricultural heritage.

Portland, Oregon: Known as the "City of Roses," Portland offers attractions like the International Rose Test Garden and Powell's Books. The city's blend of urban culture, craft breweries, and outdoor opportunities make it a unique destination.

Puget Sound, Washington: Traveling alongside Puget Sound, passengers can enjoy sweeping coastal views and potential sightings of marine life. The lush islands and sparkling waters provide a peaceful and beautiful part of the journey.

Seattle, Washington: The journey ends in Seattle, home to the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. Explore unique attractions like the Museum of Pop Culture and savor the local coffee culture in this vibrant, innovative city.


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