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USA Rail Holiday - Coast Starlight
"Your carriage rolls along an ancient railroad, cut into the Californian Mountains long before gold-hungry pilgrims made their journeys here in search of riches. The hypnotic motion of the train alternately lulls you to sleep and stirs you awake, revealing the panoramic treasures of the West Coast at your window. From the lush wetlands of Washington State, to the fragrant pine forests of Oregon and now the barren beauty of the Californian desert. Soon, waving palm trees will slide into view, a Hollywood blue ocean crashing against a golden shore. You take sip of wine, sink back into your chair and take it all in. You are finally here, the country that inspired a thousand songs and myriad novels; the land of heroic myth and romantic tales. And all enjoyed from the comfort of your spacious carriage, taking in the views from the same glamorous prospect that you’ve seen in classic films. So why not make like those Hollywood greats in your very own movie and enjoy the wonders of the USA by rail – you are in good company. Welcome to the Coast Starlight, where legend is brought to life". Rosie Allen travelled aboard the Coast Starlight as part of her honeymoon in 2015 - arranged by Bon Voyage.
One of the most beautiful US train routes, the Coast Starlight connects the great cities of the West Coast. The scenery along the route is unparalleled; snow capped mountains, dense forests, lush valleys and the dramatic, rugged Pacific shoreline.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to Seattle/home from San Diego
13 nights accommodation in sought after locations
1 night accommodation and meals on the Coast Starlight
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day itinerary with local area information
Seattle, Portland and San Francisco
Los Angeles and San Diego
Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Alcatraz
Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive
Bon Voyage UK Chauffeur Service
Start in style and put the finishing touches to a memorable holiday with our Chauffeur Drive Service. Your smart, uniformed driver will meet you at your door and whisk you to and from the airport terminal so you are guaranteed a stress-free and relaxing journey. You’ll travel in a showroom condition Mercedes E Class for two people or a sumptuous Viano for families or groups up to six.
Your Bon Voyage travel consultant has all the details, so just mention if you'd like this option included in your holiday quote.
Days 1-3 : Arrive Seattle
Arrive Seattle early evening.
Seattle has one of the most scenic settings in America, curved around the shore of Elliott Bay, with lake Washington behind and the snowy peak of Mount Rainier hovering faintly in the distance.
With glass skyscrapers gleaming across the bay the city combines its superb natural surrounding with a modern skyline. Its current location, though, is the second in its history. In 1850 Seattle was relocated from the peninsula of Alki Point after it was flooded out.
Be sure to hop on a cruise of the harbour, take a boat tour of the San Juan Islands, visit famous Pike's Place Market and eat in one of the fish restaurants along the harbour. We love Elliotts On The Bay.
Days 4-5 : Arrive Portland, Oregon
Depart Seattle on the Coast Starlight train and arrive into Portland mid morning.
In 1885 Portland was named after Portland, Maine, following a coin toss between its two East Coast founders. Although the city is a less obvious tourist destination it is a pleasant surprise to many of its visitors. It's artsy, bohemian, and friendly.
With its many quaint bookstores, galleries, parks and restaurants people find there is more to do than imagined. Portland is also the perfect base for exploring the surrounding coastal and mountain areas.
Days 6 : Depart Portland
Depart Portland, Oregon on the Coast Starlight for your overnight journey to Emeryville, just 12 miles from San Francisco.
Days 7-9 : Arrive San Francisco
Arrive in Emeryville mid morning and transfer into San Francisco.
San Francisco is full of iconic images- those little cable cars climbing halfway to the stars, the scarlet slash of the Golden Gate Bridge, the dragon-adorned gateway to Chinatown, and the sombre, island-sited Alcatraz, once a formidable prison, now a tourist attraction.
Discover the attractions of this beautiful city en foot, by cable car or the superb BART system. See places like Union Square, The Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf.
Days 10-11 : Arrive Los Angeles
Depart San Francisco mid morning for your trip through central California to Los Angeles.
A holiday in Los Angeles means something different to everyone. The Hollywood sign, the mansions of Beverly Hills, lithe young things rollerblading the boardwalks, the shops of Rodeo Drive; everyone has their movie-inspired picture of the city of the Angels.
Enjoy at day at Universal Studios, a morning walk on Malibu Beach, a stroll around the Getty Museum, a visit to the Queen Mary on Long Beach, a bike ride along Santa Monica Beach or perhaps a day in Disney.
Days 12-14 : Arrive San Diego
Board your Pacific Surfliner train to San Diego.
San Diego County blessed with over 70 miles of beaches and year round near perfect climate, California's second largest city and the States' oldest offers something for simply everyone.
Many of the city's attractions are within a short distance of the downtown lively bayfront area or are linked by the light rail San Diego Trolley, which even travels to the Mexican border.
Be sure to visit it's lively neighbourhoods such as Little Italy, East Village and the historic Gaslamp Quarter, a National Historic district featuring brick side walks, gaslights and Victorian style buildings. Wyatt Earp once ran a couple of saloons here, and his ghost may still haunt this dynamic hub of 90 plus restaurants, 40 bars and 100 retail shops.
Surrounding downtown are two distinctively different areas. Old Town State Historic Park is a tribute to 18th century days when San Diego was California's first Spanish Settlement. All around are eateries selling Mexican food and crafts. Nearby is the spacious Balbao Park, resplendent with Spanish Colonial Revival-style building. Many have been converted into museums, such as the San Diego Museum of Art.
Another key tourist destination is the island of Coronado, here there are wide, sandy uncrowded beaches and a charming village. Visit the famous historic Del Coronado Hotel, the location for Monroe's Some Like it Hot movie.
Day 15 : Depart San Diego
Depart San Diego for your mid-morning flight home. Maybe you wish to extend your trip and spend a few days relaxing on a beach in Los Angeles or perhaps head to Vancouver from Seattle for some more exploring.
Call the holiday experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Coast Starlight adventure.