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Posted 05 July 2018 - 08:56 AM

Looking to do day trip (board in the morning and return to Portland OR preferably before 9 PM) on the Crescent from Portland OR. Any suggestions? Ideally, would appreciate some scenery and the destination be in a location where I could spend some time between arrival and departure of trains, such as a park, etc
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted 05 July 2018 - 09:02 AM

Sorry I meant that I am planning a day trip on the Cascades Train Not the Crescent train.

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 09:43 AM

Seattle is a great city to visit, and the train ride is interesting if not very scenic.  Eugene is also a city with some parks near the station, but the ride is somewhat boring.


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Posted 05 July 2018 - 09:51 AM

Seattle is definitely a good place, and the ride isn't very long at all so you'd have a good amount of time there.


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Posted 05 July 2018 - 11:32 AM

There are many trains per day between Portland and Seattle, so if you took a early train you could have a full day in Seattle.
Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

The view is much better at 3 feet than it is at 30,000 feet!

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 03:50 PM

Maybe not as a day trip, but Vancouver, BC is very doable as an overnight.  Using buses might help to get more time though, since there's only a single train from Portland to Vancouver, BC.

 

It might also be easier to use the Vancouver, WA station since it has parking.



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Posted 05 July 2018 - 03:57 PM

Maybe not as a day trip, but Vancouver, BC is very doable as an overnight.  Using buses might help to get more time though, since there's only a single train from Portland to Vancouver, BC.

 

It might also be easier to use the Vancouver, WA station since it has parking.

I was looking at Vancouver, BC, but taking the Cascades there would require two overnights. Unfortunately, that wouldn't even fit into a typical weekend.


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Posted 05 July 2018 - 06:10 PM

 

Maybe not as a day trip, but Vancouver, BC is very doable as an overnight.  Using buses might help to get more time though, since there's only a single train from Portland to Vancouver, BC.

 

It might also be easier to use the Vancouver, WA station since it has parking.

I was looking at Vancouver, BC, but taking the Cascades there would require two overnights. Unfortunately, that wouldn't even fit into a typical weekend.

 

I mapped out 504/8900 PDX-SEA-VAC, 8:20 AM to 5:15 PM, although that requires a bus from Seattle.  The direct train arrives at 11:15 PM.  There are a variety of options for the return.

 

Not sure about the return time, although the direct train (517) leaves at 6:35 AM.  That might leave about 5 hours to explore the area before getting some sleep and getting back to the train station for the return ride.  Or do the bus again, which would give about 5 more hours in the morning in Vancouver.





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