On 35-hour train trip, the journey is the vacation

It was late Friday night, and we were scouring the usual sites touting the top things to do in Los Angeles. Uninspired by our options and facing a long weekend without obligations, my husband and I made a last-minute booking on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight. Ten hours later, we’re settling in for a 35-hour train trip spanning 1,377 miles up California’s picture-perfect coastline and Oregon’s rugged terrain. Seattle may have been the end destination, but this weekend was all about the journey.

10 a.m.: Union Station, L.A.

At the station, we are greeted by a friendly car attendant who shows us to

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