5 Extraordinary Train Vacations to the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies

The Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies encompass many things. This beautiful corner of North America awards travellers with a diverse range of unforgettable experiences and stunning landscapes—rugged coastlines, exciting metropolises, and pristine wilderness—including several renowned national parks. From the bustling heart of Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and San Francisco to the seaside town of Victoria and the wonderland of Jasper and Banff, this region’s allure merits some exploring (even if you simply relax and take in the scenery from the train).

The best way to find out? Come see for yourself.

1. Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest - Muir Woods

Bound by the Pacific Ocean to the west and vast mountain ranges to the east, the Pacific Northwest (PNW) is one of the most coveted regions in the country, and for good reason. It’s where inspiring wild, coastal landscapes meet the bright lights of lively city centres.

Discover the beautiful cities of San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle on a Pacific Northwest rail holiday. Showcasing eight days of sightseeing and photo-worthy experiences, this is one trip that will stay with you for years to come. Spend some time in the “City by the Bay,” as well as wandering through Muir Woods, before boarding Amtrak’s Coast Starlight toward Portland. Portland may be a big city, but its small-town charm will surely captivate you, along with its long list of crowd-pleasing attractions and serene wilderness. Get outdoors by visiting the city’s parks and gardens, shop, dine, and discover all the hidden gems that prompt locals and visitors alike to “Keep Portland Weird.” In the “Emerald City” of Seattle, explore world-famous landmarks like the Space Needle (for 360-degree views) and the legendary Pike Place Market, iconic for its fishmongers that fling the daily catch through the air. Learn more about our Pacific Northwest vacation.

 

 

2. Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria Rail Journey

Vancouver Harbor

This dramatic region of the Pacific Northwest, stretching from Washington to British Columbia, provides visitors with a multi-city train journey unlike any other. With seven days of sightseeing and experiences, the Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria Rail Journey gives you an inside look at each sparkling metropolis. Beginning in Seattle, visit all the must-see attractions, including Pier 66, Pike Place Market, and bustling downtown. From there, climb aboard the picturesque Amtrak Cascades train route as it makes its way north to Vancouver. Once there, make stops at popular places such as Stanley Park, Granville Island, and Chinatown. One of the highlights in Vancouver will most definitely be the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which crosses over towering evergreens. Last but not least, is the charming seaside town of Victoria, where you will experience Butchart Gardens as well as the rest of this capital city’s natural splendour. Learn more about our Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria vacation.

 

3. Yosemite and Mount Rainier National Parks Explorer 

Experience Washington's stunning Mount Rainier National Park on a train trip to Seattle with Amtrak Vacations

You’ll find no shortage of beautiful scenery and iconic sights on this scenic West Coast rail holiday! Start in San Francisco, with two nights in the ‘City by the Bay,’ enjoying the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. Take an immersive day trip to Yosemite National Park and experience the breathtaking beauty of this natural wonder. Then board Amtrak’s Coast Starlight for the relaxing and scenic overnight journey to Seattle. Enjoy three nights in the ‘Emerald City’ and a scenic day trip out to stunning Mount Rainier. Mount Ranier towers above Washington at 14,410 feet above sea level, taking a prominent place along the Seattle skyline. Take a scenic drive to the top of Sunrise Peak to get the best views of Mount Rainier, walk one or two of the trails that weave through the park, or immerse yourself in the wildflower bloom during July and August! Featuring the best of West Coast city and natural attractions, this journey offers something for everyone! Learn more about our Yosemite and Mount Rainier National Parks Explorer vacation.

 

4. Canadian Rockies Discovery Eastbound with Seattle 

Combine the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies in one epic rail holiday by Amtrak Vacations.

The rugged natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies is second to none. Mountains. Alpine lakes. Glaciers. Vast forests. Abundant wildlife. The list goes on and on. This 11-day Canadian Rockies Discovery Eastbound train holiday is the awe-inspiring adventure you’ve been daydreaming about. Aside from taking in all the amazing sights the cities of Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, and Calgary offer, the major draw of this trip is the incredible Candian Rockies! Tour the world-famous Icefields Parkway, take an interactive ride on the Ice Explorer, discover the spectacular views of Lake Louise, and the gorgeous waterfalls of Johnston Canyon. Learn more about our Canadian Rockies Discovery Eastbound with Seattle vacation.

 

5. Portland and Seattle Getaway

Bridal Veil Falls

Portland and Seattle (the largest city in the Pacific Northwest) offer a little something for everyone. Each city’s close proximity to an endless bounty of wild and rural locations make for an unforgettable train holiday. On this five-day Portland and Seattle Getaway, you’ll discover all of the great things the region has going for it. First up is Portland, with its four distinct districts and exciting combination of art, culture, and entertainment. Visit Pioneer Square, have a picnic at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and stroll through the Oregon Historical Society. When you arrive in Seattle, get to know the city by exploring the best sights, including the Seattle Aquarium on Pier 59, the Space Needle, Pacific Science Centre, and the Woodland Park Zoo. Learn more about our Portland and Seattle Getaway.

 

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