As Amtrak restarts it's famed Cascades route, we're recalling our wonderful trip on one of the most scenic of Amtrak's US routes.
Tickets are on sale now for Amtrak's restarted Cascades route between Vancouver, Canada, and multiple points in Oregon and Washington. Along the way, Cascades riders are treated to incredible scenic beauty including vast forests, beautiful lakes, rugged and snow capped mountains, volcanos and much more.
One of our bucket list items, we traveled in first class on the Cascades from Vancouver to Portland before the 2020 pandemic caused a shutdown of the route. For us, the Amtrak trip was a core part of our vacation experience, not just a convenient link between the end of an Alaska cruise in Vancouver and a 10-day driving tour of Oregon and Washington.
We boarded near daybreak in Vancouver and settled into our wide, comfortable first class seats. By the time the sun had risen fully, we were enjoying panoramic views from our wide (and crystal-clear clean!) windows. When we weren't gawking at the jaw-dropping scenery over the next six hours, we were reading, listening to podcasts and simply relaxing as the train rocked gently.
We enjoyed the spacious areas on the train, including visits to the cafe and dining cars.
Reaching Portland, we disembarked at the historic Union Station near downtown, where we were treated to some amazing neon signs. From there, it was a quick cab ride to our downtown hotel, our home based for the next leg of our 10-day journey of exploration.
More From This Journey
We enjoyed journeys on planes, trains, automobiles, cruise ships, fishing boats and more on this trip. Here are a few of our other highlights:
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