Seattle to Dallas

Holiday Highlights

  • Pacific Ocean shoreline scenery
  • Travel the full length of the beautiful Coast Starlight route
  • Hearst Castle and Nitt Witt Ridge
  • Sightseeing in Seattle, Los Angeles and Dallas
  • Optional excursions can be arranged and this holiday can be altered to suit your interests
  • Stop off at any of more than 30 stops between Seattle and El Paso to explore
  • Option to spend some time in Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio or Oakland

In the second episode of this ITV series, Billy Connolly’s American railway adventure continues as he journeys on the jewel in the crown of America’s rail network. You too can hurtle past jaw dropping vistas of land and sea along the West Coast and Pacific Ocean as you ride the Coast Starlight route from Seattle via San Francisco down to Los Angeles. Then travel by train to Dallas across ‘Big Country’ and ‘under ‘Big Skies’.

If you are interested in any aspect of this Tailored Rail tour don’t hesitate to contact Ffestiniog Travel direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss options.


Day 1 – Fly to Seattle

Fly from the UK to Seattle for a 2-night stay.

Day 2 – At Leisure in Seattle

We include a CityPASS so that you can visit the Space Needle (Day and Night ticket), Seattle Aquarium, take an Argosy Cruises Harbour Tour, visit the Pacific Science Centre (includes IMAX), or the Woodland Park Zoo and more.

Day 3 – Board the Coast Starlight

Board the Coast Starlight mid-morning to begin your scenic journey along the Californian Coast. Overnight on board the train.

Day 4 – Coast Starlight

The daily Coast Starlight train passes through Portland, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes, the Coast Starlight links the greatest cities on the West Coast. The scenery along the Coast Starlight route is unsurpassed. The dramatic snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta, lush forests, fertile valleys and long stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline provide a stunning backdrop for your journey. Arrive in San Luis Obispo late afternoon for a 3-night stay.

Day 5 – Hearst Castle, Nitt Witt Ridge and Elephant seals

Having collected a hire car on arrival in San Luis Obispo today take to the road on California State Route 1, hugging the coast through the beautiful fishing village of Morro Bay, and to the largest elephant seal rookery in the world at Piedras Blancas. Take a tour at William Randolph Hearst's famous estate, now a state historical monument, before calling at Nitt Witt Ridge, one man’s two-finger salute to architecture and town planning.

Day 6 – Pacific Coast Highway

Why not head south on the Pacific Coast Highway today towards Santa Barbara?

Day 7 – Coast Starlight

Re-join the Coast Starlight mid-afternoon for the 6 hour journey to Los Angeles for a 2-ight stay.

Day 8 – Los Angeles

A change of trains is required in Los Angeles; make the most of it with a short break in this famous city. Ask us to book a tour – a choice of Hollywood legends, celebrity homes or Disneyland - it is entirely up to you. Why not find TravelTown, an outdoor museum which preserves and celebrates the railroad heritage of the western United States?

Day 9 – Sunset Limited

This evening board the Sunset Limited train for the overnight journey to Tucson, Arizona. Settle back and see the Mexican border, south western deserts and California Mountains pass by your window.

Day 10 – Tucson, Arizona

Wake this morning in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. A bus ride will take you to Titan Missile Museum, before returning to Tucson and your hotel for the night.

Day 11 – Texas

Board the Sunset Limited train first thing this morning to continue to El Paso arriving mid-afternoon. Rocketbuster boots are made right next door to the station, we can arrange a tour, or fitting if cowboy boots are your thing. Mexico is just across the railroad tracks, visible from the Amtrak depot.

Day 12 – Texas Eagle

After a 24 hour stop in El Paso board the Texas Eagle train to continue across Texas to Dallas. The train will stop for several hours in San Antonio during the night.

Day 13 – Colourful, Cosmopolitan Dallas

Arrive in Dallas mid-afternoon. We include a CityPASS so that you can visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower Geo-Deck plus either Dallas Zoo OR the Sixth Floor Museum and George W Bush Presidential Library & Museum OR Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden.

Day 14 – Fly Home

Spend the day in Dallas before transferring to the airport at tea time for an overnight flight back to the UK, arriving the following morning.

Selected Hotels

Best Western Plus Pioneer Square Hotel, Seattle

Apple Farm, San Luis Obispo

Metro Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles

Best Western Royal Sun Inn & Suites, Tucson

DoubleTree by Hilton, El Paso Downtown

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dallas Downtown

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Flights to Seattle and back from Dallas
  • CityPASS for Seattle and Dallas
  • Amtrak tickets for journeys detailed in Superliner Roomette for all overnight journeys
  • Coach Class reserved seats San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles and Tucson to El Paso
  • 3 days car hire in San Luis Obispo
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in good quality hotels on a room only basis
  • Private airport transfers

Price per person

Quotes available upon request

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Why Choose Ffestiniog Travel?

  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
  • Created for people who love rail holidays and exploring the world’s heritage railways
  • Dedicated rail holiday specialist - great destinations, sightseeing and unparalled railway content
  • Train ticket supplier for worldwide rail operators - we can plan and arrange your rail journey to anywhere
  • Knowledge of the world’s rail routes makes us leading specialists in escorted and Tailor Made rail holidays
  • Over 60% of our existing rail tour travellers return to holiday with us year after year
  • Committed to supporting rail travel and heritage railways around the world
  • Our profits support the continued preservation of the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
  • Small, dedicated rail holiday travel team offering an award winning personal service

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