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Amazing Train Journey: Cruising the Pacific: the Coast Starlight

Trace America’s “left coast” in all its varied splendor. The 34-hour (OK, it’s Amtrak, so maybe more) trip between Seattle and Los Angeles curves alongside crashing Pacific waves, cuts through America’s lushest agricultural land, and passes below snowcapped mountains and towering redwoods. Of all the Amtrak routes, this one offers the most scenic variety in the fewest hours.

Another reason this train is special: it’s the only Amtrak service with a dedicated parlor car, open only to passengers who book sleepers. The parlor conjures old-time rail romance, with wood paneling and soft lighting, plus a special menu and wine-and-cheese tastings.

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