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Scenic Tour #11: Coast StarlightScenic Tour #11: Coast Starlight

Seattle, WA - Los Angeles, CA

On the Coast Starlight, the country's most dramatic natural vistas play the starring role in this romantic journey. From the mountains to the sea, you will experience unforgettable scenes including some that can only be seen by train.

Starting along Puget Sound in the vibrant city of Seattle, you'll be surrounded by a backdrop of majestic mountain ranges. Three volcanoes will rise up before your very eyes — snow-capped Mount Rainier with a vertical rise comparable to Mount Everest's, ashen Mount St. Helens (which erupted just over 20 years ago), and Mount Adams.

Heading into Oregon, you will be transported through the densely forested Cascade Mountains, where 22 tunnels and countless hairpin turns add to the excitement. Arriving in the Portland area, the landscape changes to lush valleys fed by the Willamette River.

You'll experience Northern California's legendary gold country in and around Sacramento. Traveling farther south past San Luis Obispo, you will get your first glimpse of the sparkling Pacific Ocean at Pismo Beach, and for over 100 glorious miles thereafter, you will be following the coast. Prepare to be awed at times, as you'll come so close to the spectacular Pacific Ocean that you'll wonder where the tracks end and the waves begin.

Be sure to take in the small town scenery as you pass through places like Santa Barbara with its palm tree-lined beach. At last, you'll reach your destination of Los Angeles, the City of Angels, where you'll step off the train with memories of 1,400 miles of sheer magnificence on your mind.

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