35 hours on the Coast Starlight – one of America’s most beautiful train rides

July 14, 2017

By Pam Pastor – Super and 2BU Editor, Philippine Daily Inquirer

“Careful, ma’am, don’t jump,” said a voice behind me.

I tore my eyes away from the hypnotic railroad tracks to look at the smiling conductor who had spoken.

“Don’t worry,” I said, laughing. “I’m not crazy.”

Or maybe I was. Because I decided to spend 35 hours aboard Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles, a journey that would have taken me two-and-a-half hours had I chosen to fly. Even crazier, taking the train was slightly more expensive than flying.

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