We start our trip out in Seattle. Our cruise actually leaves from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, but since it cost $220 more per person to fly in to the airport there, and because of my love from trains, we thought we’d take the $50 (Business Class) Amtrak Cascades trip from Seattle to Vancouver.

The Amtrak Cascades leaves Seattle and follows the shoreline of the Puget Sound much of the way, and since we’d be riding from 6:45-10:50 PM, we were hoping to view a beautiful sunset over the water. But mother nature held true the forecast for the day, as well as that for our entire trip, by raining. And when it wasn’t raining, it was misty with low clouds and fog. Scenic nonetheless, just not as beautiful as we hoped.

But since our flight got in early, we took the light rail from the airport to near the train station.  We dropped off our bags at the train station and toured the neighborhood, seeing a neat part of Seattle we didn’t get to see during our trip last year.

Raining when we get in to Vancouver, we grab a cab ride through Chinatown on our way to our hotel. We stayed at the awesomely-located 4-star Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, which I got through a $84 bid on  I asked for a room with a view and they say it is another $50/night. When I say no thanks, he gives it to us anyway, viewing the harbour.  Score!

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