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August 15, 2017

If you want to see the best of the west coast, take a train.

Disembarking from Seattle, Washington and running all the way to Los Angeles, California, Amtrak’s Coast Starlight line shows travelers the most beautiful views of the Pacific coast.

And the best part is, tickets start at only $97 for a one-way trip.

The 35-hour route covers 350 miles through Washington, Oregon and California countryside, making about 30 stops, including Santa Barbara, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Portland, Oregon.

Among the many sites you’ll see along the way, you can gaze upon gorgeous mountains, forests, valleys, and the Pacific Ocean during just one trip. Each train has observation cars with floor-to-ceiling windows. Passengers can also lounge in swivel chairs so they can get a wide view.

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The $97 super saver option is for a one-way, single ticket. Warning for riders: If you’re hoping to take a trip, you should plan several weeks in advance if you want to book multiple tickets.

At the time of writing this article, Travel + Leisure found the super saver price as early as mid-September, and the availability was sparse, sometimes with only one ticket available on certain days.

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It’s also worth noting that during the long trip, the super saver option does not include a sleeping arrangement. Travelers can buy premium tickets, at premium prices, for a Superliner Roomette that comes with two fold-down beds, plus meals and a lovely private window so you don’t miss a view.

But if you’re just looking to sightsee and save, you can’t get much better than a relaxing train ride.

To reserve tickets on Coast Starlight, travelers can visit the Amtrak website.

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