There are many options for travelers to connect between Seattle and Vancouver, the Pacific Northwest’s largest cities. But none is more scenic than the Amtrak route, which offers an opportunity to pass some of the region’s best scenery with the convenience of letting someone else do the driving.
Starting near downtown Seattle, the train first passes through downtown before paralleling Elliott Bay, where views stretch to the West Seattle peninsula, Bainbridge Island and the distant Olympic Mountains, which make their first appearance. The tracks then curve toward the Ballard neighborhood, with its Scandinavian roots and maritime heritage.
You’ll then cross the Lake Washington Ship Canal, a wedge between two of Seattle’s hilly neighborhoods. You can peer into the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where scores of ships — sailboats, kayaks, industrial vessels and yachts — pass between fresh and salt water daily.
The views again open up as the train runs along Shilshole Bay, part of Puget Sound. You’ll pass marinas full of sailboats and wide-open views of the water and the Olympic Mountains. At this point in the trip, there are no roads nearby, so the view is entirely your own.
The route continues along the waterfront for a long stretch, passing islands and more mountain views. Along the way, look for the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east. Mount Baker’s snowy volcano becomes visible near Bellingham, Wash. You’ll end your trip at the Vancouver Pacific Central Station, conveniently located near downtown Vancouver.
The first Saturday in May is a special time of year for comic book fans all over the country. Free Comic Book Day functions exactly like it sounds. Comic book stores across the country host a day of festivities where, regardless of whether you buy anything, you can walk away with free books.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
The babymoon trend is adding to the number of women traveling while pregnant. Expecting moms often need special items to take on the road. If you plan to travel while pregnant, you may want to consider adding these products to your suitcase.
Online shopping continues to soar in popularity with more people choosing to browse an entire catalogue of options instead of making a trip to the store. It makes sense because people are busy and sometimes don’t have time to spend hours browsing a store only to buy a few outfits. When shopping online, people can buy items sporadically or fill up carts and purchase them later. Online shopping is now more than just searching on the web, it’s also swiping through an app. Apps make it easier than ever to keep up with sales, new items and trends.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
With the early days of spring behind us, the busy days of summer festivals and events will be here before you know it. Most festival favorites, like Bonnaroo, Firefly, Coachella, Lollapalooza, CMA Music Festival and Austin City Limits, have lineups already announced, early-bird pricing expired and tickets mostly sold out or close to it, but, don’t worry, there are far more unique events taking place all over the world. If not this year, at least keep them on your radar for next.