If Amtrak’s Empire Builder train is your favorite way to get across the northern United States, the North Dakota oil boom has thrown an oil-industry-sized wrench in things. NPR and KUOW radio this morning reported regular, extraordinary delays — sometimes up to 18 hours — on the popular route between Portland, Seattle and Chicago, with at…More
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If you’re a train spotter, or hey, even a train-station spotter, head for Seattle’s newly restored King Street Station on Saturday for Amtrak Rail Day.
Amtrak’s Exhibit Train will make one of its two stops in the Pacific Northwest this year, powered by a special locomotive that honors American veterans. The Exhibit Train is a rolling museum dedicated to America’s publicly owned railroad, with displays featuring workable train signals, virtual sleeping accommodation tours, railroad trivia, and special looks at locomotives and train horns. In addition, the Exhibit Train featuresMore
In a city where you can leave your heart – and lots of cash – a springtime San Francisco hotel deal can help you save.
The city’s tourist office, in cooperation with some hotels, has created “49 hours in San Francisco” with sightseeing itineraries and a discount of 25 percent on hotel bills for a three-night (or more) stay. The deal is good through April 30 for hotels booked through the 49 Hours website (or call 800-655-6751).
Twenty-one hotels are part of the “49 hours” discount deal. They aren’t among San Francisco’s tip-top hotels, but some are well-located and very comfortable. They include the Hotel Union Square in the heart of the city (although not right on the square ), with rooms from $161 a night. Or check out the Nob Hill Motor Inn, a budget hotel with rooms from $99 (and take off 25 percent if you book through the “49 hours” deal). It’s walking distance to Fisherman’s Wharf.More
“Buy fast before it’s gone” sales seem to be the travel-industry strategy these days. Regionally, both Amtrak Cascades and the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort launched such limited-time sales today for train travel and ski-resort accommodations, with a three-day window for buying. Sometimes the sales can be good deals – it’s hard to argue with a Seattle to…More