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SCENIC ROUTE

Scenic Seattle

Starting off in Seattle, there are two full days for
exploration, including a complimentary ride up
the iconic Space Needle for panoramic views of
the Emerald City and sparkling Puget Sound with
its necklace of tiny forested islands. There's ample
time to wander among the fantastic free-form glass
sculptures at Chihuly Garden and Glass, stroll along
the waterfront or watch the fishmongers toss their fish
in the air at Pike Place Market.
On the morning of the third day it's time to board the
legendary Coast Starlight for the first leg of the journey
to Los Angeles, with a night spent on board before a
morning arrival in San Francisco. Heading south
through Oregon's coastal region, the Superliner is the
ideal vehicle for enjoying the waterfalls and magnificent
mountain vistas of the Cascade Range, especially from
the upper level of the Sightseer Lounge Car with its
wraparound windows and plush swiveling armchairs.
In contrast to the confining nature of air travel, there's
plenty of room to move around the train, perhaps
striking up conversations with fellow passengers and
sharing stories of previous rail experiences.

ORLANDO HOETZEL

Upscale Dining

Enjoying a leisurely dinner with an ever-changing view
is among the pleasures of the dining car where attentive
service is combined with a menu of dishes prepared
on board by expert chefs using fresh ingredients.
Quelling any notions that train food is bland or boring,
choices include everything from grilled-to-order USDA
Choice Black Angus steaks with béarnaise sauce to
thyme-roasted chicken and butternut squash risotto,
all available with premium wines. There are vegan,
vegetarian and child-friendly selections as well.
When it's time to settle in for the night, being
lulled to sleep by the gentle rolling and chugging of
the train, there are several types of accommodations
to choose from. Coach passengers enjoy large
comfortable seats with ample legroom and footrests,
along with the option of Just-for-you Express Meal
Service in which freshly prepared lunch or dinner
selections are delivered right to the seat. Passengers
can also upgrade to Roomette and Bedroom
accommodations, enjoying such conveniences as

electric outlets, reading lights, fold-down tables,
private bathroom in bedroom cabins and daytime
seating that converts into comfortable beds at night.

Bayside Beauty

Arriving in San Francisco the next morning, there
are three days ahead to fully enjoy the City by the Bay.
With a Pier 39 Pass included with the package, you
can take a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour around
the city, take pictures of the famous "Painted Ladies"
Victorian houses, Golden Gate Bridge and other
landmarks as well as explore intriguing neighborhoods
like Chinatown and North Beach. Other inclusions
are a Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise, discounts at
Pier 39 shops and restaurants and admission to the
Aquarium of the Bay. There is also complimentary
admission to the renowned California Academy of
Sciences with its real-life rainforest, planetarium and
interactive exhibits on coastal ecosystems.
Then it's time to embark on what for many is the
highlight of the journey, the chance to traverse the
inland valleys and seascapes of California's Central
Coast in a way not possible by car. Heading south, the
urban Bay Area soon gives way to oak-studded hills,
vineyards and a patchwork of fields thick with lettuce,
artichokes, Brussels sprouts and other produce. Soon
after thrilling to the winding curves and vantage point
of the Stenner Creek Trestle near Paso Robles, the
sparkling Pacific comes into view. The train hugs the
shoreline for the next several hours, at times affording
a look at areas inaccessible to highway traffic such as
Vandenberg Air Force Base, its empty rocket pads a
reminder of the days when NASA planned to conduct
space shuttle launches from the site. Then it's time
to sit back with a beverage as the setting sun casts
a golden glow over the historic piers and surfing
beaches of Santa Barbara and Ventura, the marinerich Channel Islands looming on the horizon.
Arriving in Los Angeles in the evening, two more
days of enjoyment await, including a complimentary
sightseeing tour of the city and classic Hollywood
sites. At journey's end, the sense of having
experienced the West Coast in all of its cultural and
geographic splendor makes a lasting souvenir.

Ready to pack your bags for a West Coast rail adventure? Call your AAA Travel Agent at 800-750-5386
and book your trip today!
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Contents
Departures
Because Someday
Transatlantic Cruises: The Only Way to Cross
Coasting the Coast
Your Story
Trip Notes
Central Perks
Napa or Sonoma?
Northern Exposure
Agent Spotlight
Mountain Expressions
Cities We Love
Postcards
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