Treasures of the Pacfic Northwest
Travel throughout Washington and Oregon on a Pacific Northwest rail-drive vacation that includes visits to Seattle, Olympic National Park, Coos Bay, Portland, and Mt. Rainier.
Explore the best of the Pacific Northwest on a rail drive vacation to must-see destinations throughout Washington and Oregon. Beginning in Chicago or Los Angeles, board one of the USA’s legendary long-distance trains for the overnight journey to Seattle. Upon arrival, explore the city at leisure, visiting popular sights and attractions including the Space Needle for unprecedented views from its observation deck. Pick up your rental car and begin your circle trip through Washington and Oregon. Your driving itinerary takes you to Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Hoh Rainforest; the villages of Seaside and Coos Bay; the “City of Roses,” Portland, famous for the International Rose Test Garden and hundreds of parks, good restaurants, trendy coffee shops, and local breweries and distilleries; Mount St. Helens with its miles of hiking trails; and, Mount Rainier National Park. Travel at your own pace, stopping between destinations to enjoy fantastic ocean views, wind-sculpted sand dunes and the pleasures of local farmers’ markets and neighborhood shops.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail transportation on Amtrak
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- Local Host in Seattle
- Mid-size car rental
- Space Needle
- Olympic National Park
- Mount Rainier National Park
Day 1 - Rail to Seattle
Midwest travelers board Amtrak's Empire Builder train for the overnight journey to Seattle. Settle in for a scenic two-day rail journey across the Northern Prairies en route to Seattle. Overnight train. (D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 2 - En Route to Seattle
West Coast travelers begin their journey aboard the Coast Starlight for the journey north along the dazzling Pacific Coast to Seattle. Midwest travelers continue east, crossing through Big Sky Country into the Pacific Northwest. Overnight train.
Day 3 - Arrive in Seattle
Arrive in Seattle and pick up your rental car at the airport. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. Overnight Seattle.
Day 4 - Seattle
Another day to explore the “Emerald City.” Stroll bustling Pike Place Market or relax with a cup of Seattle's best coffee. Your vacation package includes a trip up the Space Needle for spectacular views of the city below and a visit to the Chihuly Garden & Glass to see a wide range of incredible creations by the world-renowned artist. Your Local Host will have suggestions for shopping, dining, and sightseeing. Overnight Seattle.
Day 5 - Seattle
Olympic National Park Travel to Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will find a land of contrast and endless possibilities for recreation and sightseeing. Spend the next two nights just outside the park. Approximately 174 miles/280 km. Overnight Olympic National Park.
Day 6 - Olympic National Park
With three major ecosystems and almost a million acres to choose from, Olympic National Park is full of possibilities, no matter what your interests may be. Join a ranger-led program, explore tide pools along the beaches, hike in the breathtaking Hoh Rainforest, or relax with a picnic lunch and take in views of glacier-capped peaks. Overnight Olympic National Park.
Day 7 - Olympic National Park
Seaside Drive down the Olympic Peninsula, enjoying incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. Cross the mighty Columbia River and into Oregon, arriving in the picturesque village of Seaside. Here you'll find spectacular ocean views, miles of beaches, a variety of outdoor activities, excellent shopping, and unforgettable dining. Approximately 255 miles/410 km. Overnight Seaside.
Day 8 - Seaside-Coos Bay
Continue your journey on scenic Highway 101 and be dazzled by one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. You may want to visit Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, where wind-sculpted sand dunes tower 500 feet above sea level and offer numerous activities. Approximately 215 miles/346 km. Overnight Coos Bay.
Day 9 - Coos Bay
A full day to explore Coos Bay, a city rich in history as a ship-building and lumber center. Today you may want to go on a whale-watching excursion, try your hand at clamming, play a round of golf, explore by bicycle, or shop for souvenirs in one of the many boutiques. Why not try some Oregon coast specialties, such as a steaming bowl of clam chowder or delicious crab cakes? Overnight Coos Bay.
Day 10 - Coos Bay
Portland Today, leave the coast and travel inland. You may want to stop in Eugene, home to the University of Oregon. The city is home to beautiful parks, trendy shops, art galleries, and a variety of restaurants. Arrive in Portland, the “City of Roses,” for a 2-night stay. Approximately 222 miles/357 km. Overnight Portland.
Day 11 - Portland
A full day at leisure to explore this vibrant city. Stroll through the International Rose Test Garden, browse the farmers market, take a cruise on the Willamette River, or explore one of the city's many art galleries. Portland is also known for its foodie culture, so be sure to check out the wide selection of restaurants, local fresh foods, and the many local breweries and distilleries. Overnight Portland.
Day 12 - Portland-Mount St. Helens-Mount Rainier National Park Area
Journey back into Washington and visit Mount St. Helens, where you'll enjoy miles of trails that you can explore by car or on foot. Visit the Johnston Ridge Visitors Center to learn more about the dramatic volcano eruption of 1980 and how it has shaped the landscape in the last 30 years. Continue to Mount Rainier National Park, another active volcano, where you can experience guided walks, bicycling, fishing, boating, and scenic drives. Be sure to have your camera handy for the abundance of incredible photo opportunities. Approximately 256 miles/411 km. Overnight Mount Rainier National Park.
Day 13 -- Mount Rainier National Park Area-Seattle
Spend more time in the park this morning or return to Seattle. Drop off your rental car at the airport prior to departure. Please note that travel time from Mount Rainier National Park area to Seattle is approximately 2 hours. Return flights should be scheduled accordingly. Approximately 107 miles/172 km.
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Add a Cruise
Many of our rail vacations begin and end in popular port cities. Spice up your vacation by adding an ocean or river cruise aboard your preferred cruise line to your itinerary and experience the best of both worlds. Popular cruises include Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Panama Canal, New England and Eastern Canada, and historic river towns along the Mississippi River.
Look for the Add a Cruise icon to identify those vacations that offer pre- or post-cruises. Ask your rail specialist how you can Add a Cruise!
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Best Western Plus Executive Inn (Seattle), Red Lion Port Angeles, Shilo Inn Seaside East, Red Lion Hotel (Coos Bay), Shilo Inn Portland Rose Garden, and Best Western Plus Lincoln Inn & Suites (Ellensburg).
Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette and Bedroom. Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin that features two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, which converts to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower.
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