SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - AMTRAK has a summertime deal for travelers that could save them some vacation dollars.
The Coast Starlight passengers traveling from areas north of Santa Barbara can get a 15 percent discount.
They will also be qualified for an array of bargains when they arrive in Santa Barbara under -what's called a - "Car Free" program as they go on tours, whale watching, visit museum or take bike rides. That's coordinated through the Air Pollution Control District.
Passengers at the Santa Barbara train station said they enjoyed the train trips because it was less stressful than driving. Many said they would consider other trips, once they heard about the summer deal that was offered.
"I think it is wonderful, It's convenient for all of us to get on. We don't have to worry about driving and parking," said Angela Ronaldson as she waited to board a train with her child in her arms. "When you are driving, you are focusing on driving you don't get to look out it's a wonderful view of the ocean and campsites, and all kinds of stuff ."
The special offer is especially attractive to travelers from Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Oakland and San Luis Obispo.
The full press release is below:
Santa Barbara, California— Take the Amtrak Coast Starlight® south to Santa Barbara—and enjoy what USA Today says "still qualifies as one of the longest ocean-view train rides in America." Save 15% on your train ticket, then show your ticket for special Car Free experiences in Santa Barbara.
Start the journey to Santa Barbara from any destination that originates from as far north as Seattle and enjoy unsurpassed views of the Cascade Range, lush forests and long stretches of Pacific coastline. Here are just some of the stations where you can board the Coast Starlight to Santa Barbara: Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Eugene, OR; Redding, CA; Sacramento, CA; Oakland, CA, San Jose, CA or San Luis Obispo, CA and many others.
Mary Byrd, Manager of the Santa Barbara Car Free Project, remarked, "We are thrilled that Amtrak is offering 15% savings for passengers from north of us to visit here aboard the Coast Starlight. Show your train ticket when you check in to a participating hotel for goodies; then have more car free fun such as a sunset sail, a walking food tour, a ride on a Segway, an adventure on an electric bike, strolling and wine tasting in the Funk Zone, a museum tour, or some whale watching in the Santa Barbara Channel."
The legendary Coast Starlight train features bi-level Superliner coaches and sleeping cars along with exclusive amenities including complimentary on-board internet access. Coach passengers enjoy big, comfortable seats with plenty of legroom. The Dining Car offers three delicious daily meals served on real china and table linens. Sleeping car passengers (roomettes or bedrooms) receive complimentary meals in the Dining Car or the Pacific Parlour Car and a special welcome gift.
Founded by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District in 1998, Santa Barbara Car Free has more than 100 community partners who want to help visitors make the most of special car free experiences. Find resources, car free discovery ideas, and more information on Amtrak discounts at www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org
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