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Callie from West Seattle
Amtrak is a fabulous choice for traveling to Portland from Seattle (or vice versa) for a weekend getaway. The train drops you off at Portland’s nostalgic Union Station, set along the Willamette just north of China Town and east of the Pearl District. It’s a great location for reaching any number of Portland’s neighborhoods quickly via the MAX, Portland’s Light Rail. Hop on the green or yellow line heading south to cover the ten blocks between you and downtown. Two hotels in this vicinity that are hip and affordable are the Ace Hotel and the McMenamins Crystal Hotel. They’re both just off Burnside, where downtown borders the Pearl near Powell’s Books. A very affordable option is to hop on the MAX yellow line heading north from Union Station and go just a short distance across the river to the Albina / Mississippi stop. Walk one block north to the McMenamins White Eagle, where you can get a comfy room with shared bath for $55 a night and stay in the heart of this vibrant, artsy PDX neighborhood. (Note to others that none of these hotel options are kid-friendly.)
If you’ve got a Chinook Book, there’s a nice Amtrak coupon in there – 50% off one Amtrak Cascades ticket when you purchase one at full price.
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