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ou're traveling on board Amtrak's Superliner train - the Coast Starlight. On this route, you'll be traveling between the "Emerald City", Seattle and the "City of Angels", Los Angeles along the Pacific Coast through Portland, the "City of Roses", Eugene, Sacramento, Oakland and Santa Barbara.

While on board, you'll be experiencing the utmost in train travel, and some of our country's most breathtaking and fascinating sights: the King Dome, Puget Sound, the Coiumbia River, Mt. St. Helens, Diamond Peak and the Three Sisters Mountains. You'll pass waterfalls, timberlands, orchards, vineyards, orange groves, and logging camps - not to mention Spansh missions, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the Pacific Ocean.

Amtrak and your crew are proud to host you on board. We'll do everything we can to ensure you enjoy your trip. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask your Attendant or On-Board Service Chief.


The Coast Starlight features on board activities the whole family will enjoy. Listen for announcements of the specific time and location of activities, and most of all - have fun!

MOVIES IN THE SIGHTSEER LOUNGE CAR. Video presentations including features for childern during summer months, will be shown.

HOSPITALITY HOUR. Join fellow passengers in the Lounge Car for drinks and complimentary snacks, and don't forget to ask about regional specialties.

GAMES are usally conducted in the Dining Car. Small prizes will be rewarded. Listen for annoucements for time and location.


The Conductor is in charge of all crew members and is responsible for the collection of tickets and the safe operation of the train. The Chief of On-Board Service supervises the on-board service crew, and oversees the quality of service.


ROOMY COACH SEATS . Your Coach Attendant will see to your needs. Since your seat is assigned for the length of your journey, please do not change without first consulting a crew member.

PRIVATE SLEEPING COMPARTMENTS . Your Sleeping Car Attendant will prepare your room for daytime or nighttime use, provide wake-up calls and bring the morning paper and beverages. Individual speakers bring you recorded music on channels 2 or 3, and train announcements on channels 1 and 2. Simply turn the channel selector near the reading light. First class passengers recive additional amenities including complimentary meals in the Dining Car.

Economy, Family, Special and Deluxe bedrooms are available. Special bedrooms have a private bathroom and Deluxe have private baths with shower. Sleeping accommodations may be purchased on board from the Conductor if space permits.

DINING CAR SERVICE. The Dining Car features complete meals in a comfortable setting. Major credit cards are accepted. Sorry, there is no smoking in the Dining Car. A crew member will contact you if dinner reservations are necessary.

SPECTACULAR SIGHTSEER LOUNGE CAR. Enjoy the magnificent scenery from our large picture windows, and don't forget the sandwiches, snacks and beverages available for purchase at the Cafe Bar. You can also purchase souvenir playing cards, post cards and blankets. Lounge Car hours are generally from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight.


SCENIC SPOTS: Your train passes many beautiful and interesting sights. The "camera" symbol
on your Route Guide Map marks the best spots, so have your camera ready!

OUTSIDE SHOTS: Medium-speed films (ASA 64 or higher) are recommended for shooting scenery through the train windows. If your shutter speed is adjustable and light conditions permit,set it at a higher speed(1/125 or 1/250 sec.) for the clearest results. Hold your lens close to the window to eliminate glar and reflections.

INSIDE SHOTS: Flash is recommended. To aviod glare and rrefections, do not point the flash directly at the windows.



Welcome aboard! Amtrak's Superliner, the Coast Starlight, will be making a 1,390-mile trip from Seattle, Washington to Los Angeles, California. Along this route you will travel up steep mountain ranges, down into rolling, green valleys, and along the beautiful, sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean. The scenery is breathtaking and the history is fascinating. So sit back, read all about it and enjoy your Coast Starlight tour.

This guide is written from north to south, noting how many minutes past the previous Amtrak station you can expect to see a particular sight, and whether you should look right or left. The first time reference tells you how far that point is from the next Amtrak station from the north, and the second time, how far it is to the next Amtrak stop to the south. If you're traveling north, just begin at Los Angeles, or your point of origin, and read the entries in reverse order. Remember to look left when we indicated to look right, and right when we indicated to look left.

Note that all AMTRAK STATIONS are in capital letters to set them apart from TOWNS AND REGIONS through which the Coast Starlight travels but makes no stop. Use this guide along with an Amtrak timetable to determine station times. All times in this guide are approximate.


SEATTLE King Street Station is only blocks away from the busy harbor and piers which make Seattle a gateway to the Orient and Alaska. The Space Needle, built for the 1962 World's Fair, is north of downtown and can be seen as the train leaves the city. Adjacent to the station is the King Dome, home of the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners.

BOEING FIELD (7MIN./42MIN.) On the right is the home of the famous family of Boeing jetliners. This historic airport is still used for private aircraft and for Boeing test flights. The original red-bricked Boeing plant is now the museum of flight.

KENT (16MIN./33MIN.)Long Acres Racetrack is on the left near Kent.

PUYALLUP (40MIN./12MIN.)The town, pronounced "Pew-OWL-up" is named for an area Indian tribe. The train crosses the Puyallup Indian Reservation along the Puyallup River.


TACOMA was called the "City of Destiny" because of the sawmills and lumber all along McCarver Street. Today, Tacoma remains a major seaport city. The large blue round building on the left is the Tacoma Dome, a convention center.

PUGET SOUND Beyond the city, the train follows Commencement Bay in Puget Sound, to the right. The Olympic Moutains rise from the far side of the Puget Sound and the Tacoma Narrows.

STEILACOOM (24MIN./17MIN.)A Pierce County Ferry terminal is on the right. It serves Anderson Island and McNeil Island also to the right,across Henderson Bay.

OLYMPIA-LACEY Just outside of town, the train crosses the Nisqually River. Olympia is the capital of Washington State.

CENTRALIA was founded by a former slave from Virgina in 1875. The Skookumchuck River crosses through Centralia. As the train passes through the outskirts of Centralia, look beyond the ball fields on the left toward the mountains to view Mt. St. Helens. Its 1980 volcanic eruption sent ash in this direction. The grayish ash can still be seen in the countryside.

WINLOCK (19MIN./28MIN.)Winlock claims to be the "Egg Capitol of the World". On the right side of the train, the town proudly displays a huge "egg" as a mounument to its egg production.

CASTLE ROCK (35MIN./10MIN.)As the train crosses the Toutle River outside of Castle Rock,it also passes the distance reached by the devastating mudslide from the Mt. St. Helens eruption. The volcanic slide reached the Cowlitz River, on the right, nearly 40 miles away from the mountain.

KELSO-LONGVEIW is the "Smelt Capital of the World" because each year, during January and Febuary, thousands of the tiny sliver fish swim up the Cowlitz River to spwan. From here to Vancouver, the train follows the Columbia River, on the right. Oregon is on the opposite shore. Until the War of 1812, the Columbia was the border between the U.S. and Canada.

THE TROJAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT (7MIN./28MIN.)is on the right, across the Columbia River on the Oregon side.

VANCOUVER The Hudson Bay Company built Ft. Vancouver in 1824 as a trading post. Locals like to refer to thier city as "Vancouver USA" to distinguish it from the Canadian city of the same name. This is the oldest continuous settlement in the Pacific Northwest. The train crosses two arms of the Columbia River and then crosses over the Willamette River which it then follows into Portland. Here the train crosses between Washington and Oregon. Look upriver to the left for a veiw of Mt.Hood.


PORTLAND,the beautiful "City of Roses" is Oregon's largest metropolitan area. Know for its parks, fountains, gardens, jazz festivals and, of course, the Portland Rose Festival. East of Portland station, the train crosses over the Willamette River via the Steel Bridge. As we leave Portland and
enter the suburb of Milwaukie,we see Mt. St. Helens and Mt.Hood on the left. At Portland, we change railroads. The train follows the Burlington Northern route from Seattle to Portland. We travel on the Southern Pacific railroad all the way from Portland to Los Angeles.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY We are are now traveling through the Willamette Valley which continues for 145 miles to Eugene. The Cascade Mountians are on the left and the Coast Range is on the right.

OREGON CITY (29MIN./36MIN.)Founded in 1842, Oregon City was the "End of the Oregon Trail" and the original capital of Oregon Territory. Keep your eyes open for the natural waterfalls as we ride through Oregon City. The huge Crown Zellerbach pulp plant and log rafts along the are the dramatic evidence of Oregon's lumber country.

AURORA (46MIN./24MIN.)We cross the Pudding River and enter Aurora. Aurora,the first commune in the U.S., was settled by Germans in the 1850's. Just south of Aurora, we pass through a region known for the variety of berries grown here.

WOODBURN (53MIN./17MIN)has attracted both Hispanic and Russian settlers.

WILLMETTE UNIVERSITY (1:08MIN./1MIN.)Just before we arrive in Salem you see Willmette University, on the right, founded in 1842 by Jason Lee. It is the oldest university in the west.

SALEM is the state capital and the second largest city in Oregon. On the right side of the train, you will see a gold-plated statue atop the state capitol building. The statue is that of a man holding an ax and represents the spirit of the people who developed the state of Oregon.

LLAMA FARM (17MIN./12MIN.)On the right side of the train as we pass between the towns of Turner and Marion, you see a llama farm. At one time, llamas were bred for thier wool. Now,they are popular for use in backpacking expeditions in the nearby mountain wilderness.

ALBANY began as a small but prosperous river town in 1845. Today,it is a lumber and agricultural center. Albany is known as a major supplier of our nation's grass seed, and as covered bridge country.

TANGENT (10MIN./25MIN.)As we travel through Tangent, named for the 20 miles of straight track that runs through here, note the dome-like buttes on the right. They were formed by volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. Marine fossils have been found on the tops of the buttes and mammoth and mastodon bones have been found at their bases. On the left side of the train you see vast fields of grass seed farms. 95% of the grass seed raised in the U.S. is raised between Albany and Eugene. 80% of the mint plants grown between Harrisburg and Eugene. You will see feilds of mint plants alongside the tracks.

THREE SISTERS MOUNTAINS (25MIN./10MIN.)Just before we enter Eugene, you'll see the snow-capped peaks of the Three Sisters Mountains. They are on the left side, far to the east


EUGENE Lane County, in which Eugene is located, is known as the "Lumber Capital of the U.S." Eugene is also the home of the University of Oregon. This is the westeren-most city on the Amtrak system. As we leave Eugene,we pass the university campus on the right, and then cross the Willmette River.

SPRINGFIELD (6MIN./2:50MIN.)At this point we will start our climb into the Cascade Mountains. From here on, note the changing landscape. You will see many more trees, evergreens and shrubbery. The terrain also becomes rocky.

LOOKOUT POINT RESERVOIR (30MIN./2:15MIN.)You'll see Lookout Point Reservoir and Dam on the left. Looking south along the reservior, you can see Diamond Peak (8,750 ft.) and looking to the left, the triple peaks of the Three Sisters Mountains are in the distance.

WESTFIR (55MIN./2:05MIN.)Just north of Oakridge, we cross the north fork of the Willmette River. Look for the quaint, red covered bridge which spans the river on the right side of the train.

OAKRIDGE (60MIN./2:00MIN.)We now begin our climb up "The Hill". We will ascend 3,600 ft. in 44 miles until we reach Cascade Summit. After crossing Salmon Creek, we follow Salt Creek,on the right. Willamette National Forest encompasses this entire region.

SALT CREEK CANYON (1:20MIN./55MIN.)Here we get a spectacular view of the tracks above and below as the train climbs the Cascades. Now you can get an idea just how high we are climbing into the mountains. From McCreedie Springs to Cascade Summit, just 30 miles away, we will climb another 2,700 ft., starting with two hairpin turns when we cross over Salt Creek into the mountains . Along this part of the route, take note of the snowsheds. Snowsheds are concrete or wooden structures which support a roof over the railroad tracks from snow accumulation and avalanches. Also along this route, notice the waterfalls streaming down the mountainside.

WILLAMETTE PASS (2:05MIN./40MIN.)We are now traveling through Willamette Pass. Note the ski trails of the Willamette Path Ski Resort. At this point, we also meet the headwaters of the Willamette River. The tall, thin evergreens lining the track are Douglas Fir. North of the pass you'll be able two see the tracks of our route far below. There are 22 tunnels between Eugene and the end of our crossing of the Cascade Mountains heading south.

CASCADE SUMMIT (2:20MIN/30MIN.)The large body of water you see on the left is Odell Lake. Don't miss the spectacular veiw of the snowcapped Maiden Peak (7,811 ft.) majestically overlooking the lake. We are now at an elevation of just over 4,800 ft.

CHEMULT As we enter Chemult Station, Diamond Peak is visable on the right. As we leave Chemult,look to your right. You see Mt. Thielsen (9,178 ft.) Mt. Scott (9,128 ft.) and DIAMOND LAKE (5MIN./1:10MIN.). Mt.Scott was formed after Mt. Mazama (14,00 ft.) erupted approximately 6,000 years ago. The remains of Mt. Mazama now form Crater Lake National Park.

KLAMATH MARSH South Chemult, we cross board, flat Klamath Marsh for the next 40 miles. Notice the brackish waters of WILLIAMSON RIVER (30MIN./45MIN.)as we enter the canyon on the right. We will follow the Williamson River for the next 15 miles.

UPPER KLAMATH LAKE (60MIN./10MIN.)On the right, is one of the largest fresh water lakes west of the Rockies. The lake is 8 miles wide and 40 miles long. On the right, we see the snow-capped peak of Mt. McLaughlin (9,760 ft.).


KLAMATH FALLS As we arrive in the Klamath Falls station, note the sawmills on the left side of the train. The scent of freshly cut wood is often in the air. South of Klamath Falls, we'll see the Klamath River on the right.

OREGON/CALIFORNIA STATE LINE (16MIN./2:40MIN)We cross state line in 20 miles south of Klamath Falls. MT.SHASTA Between Klamath Falls and Dunsmuir, snow-covered Mt.Shasta (14,162 ft.) dominates the scenery. Some of the most dramatic views of Mt.Shasta are had from the train on moonlit nights. During the night, the train stops in DUNSMUIR, REDDING, CHICO and MARYSVILLE


SACRAMENTO is the capital of California. On the eastern end of Saramento, the train crosses the American River. West of the station, the train passes the California State Railroad Museum, on the left, and crosses the Sacramento River.

DAVIS Agriculture and veterinary medicine are specialties studied at this campus of the University of California. The 1913 Davis adobestyle train station on the right is a historic landmark.

THE "MOTHBALL FLEET"(3MIN./7MIN.)A fleet of ships has been mothballed in the

SUISUN BAY to the left of the train. These are mostly World War II ships, though some of them saw action in Desert Storm in 1991. The mountain in the distance to the far right is Mt. Diablo. Here the train crosses the Carquinez Strait on the Martinez Benicia Bridge at the mouth of the Suisun Bay.

MARTINEZ is the home of the Martini, and the birthplace of baseball's Joe Dimaggio. Benicia, to the left across the bridge, was the capital of the state from 1853 to 1854 before the statehouse was moved to Sacramento. Martinez is the connecting point for Amtrak service to cities in the San Joaquin Valley.

SAN PABLO BAY and the CARQUINEZ STRAIT(5MIN./10MIN.)This large shipping lane and recreational waterway is also home of the Mare Island Shipyard which can be seen across the water. Across the strait on the left of the Carquinez Bridge is the California Maritime academy.

RICHMOND This station is the interchange with the Bay Area Rapid Transit(BART)system, offering connections to points throughout the region. BART trains can be seen on the left. Between Richmond and Oakland, look for the skyline of San Fransico and the Golden Gate Bridge on the right across the San Fransico Bay.


OAKLAND is the fourth largest city in California. The port of Oakland boasts the largest containerized cargo terminal in the west. For those of you detraining at Oakland and continuing on to San Franisco, you will make convenient shuttle bus connections at trainside. Your bus will take you over the 8 1/2 mile long San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and into the heart of exciting San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO is a thriving cosmopolitan city famous for gourmet dining, exotic shopping, the Golden Gate Bridge and a beautiful climate. Amtrak's downtown station is located in the Trans-Bay Terminal on Mission Street.

JACK LONDON SQUARE & VILLAGE (9MIN./60MIN.)Just south of the station, the train crosses Jack London Square. It is located directly next to the wharf and was named after the American writter Jack London. He was famous for books such as the Call of the Wild and other stories of the frontier days. To the right, we see Alameda Naval Base.

OAKLAND COLISEUM (19MIN./51MIN.)The large, circular structure is to the right. To the left,the BART rapid transit line follows our route once more.

MOFFETT AIRFIELD (45MIN./20MIN.)Across the lower end of San Franisco Bay, we see Moffett Field Naval Air Station. note the huge former blimp hangers in the background. A little further south on the right, we see the Graet America theme park in Santa Clara.

SANTA CLARA (1:03MIN./5MIN.)is an important industrial and fruit growing center, and the heart of the computer industry's "Silicon Valley".

SAN JOSE was founded in 1777 as an agricultural settlement known as "Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe" in the name of Charles III of Spain. In 1849, San Jose became the first state capital of the newly proclaimed Republic of California. This station is also the stop for local CalTrain commute service to Peninsula cities and San Francisco.

SANTA CLARA VALLEY From San Jose to Gilroy, we will be traveling through the Santa Clara Valley. We see the Santa Cruz Mountain Range on the right side of the train. Mt.Hamilton (4,430 ft.) is visible on the left after we leave San Jose. We also follow the Diablo Range, to the left. From Oakland to Los Angeles, the railroad tracks follow the same route of the old Spanish mission road, El Camino Real which means the "Royal Road". From 1769 to 1823,Franciscan Friar Junipero Serra founded a chain of 21 missions and 4 chapels along this road from San Diego to Sonoma. Each was bulit to be one day's horseback journey from the next. Serra himself has come to be known as the "Apostle of California".

GILROY (48MIN./50MIN.) calls itself the "Garlic Capital of the World". Note the garlic plants along the tracks. Every August, Gilroy hosts their annual Gilroy Garlic Festival.

PAJARO GAP (60MIN./30MIN.)We are now crossing the Santa Cruz Mountains through the Pajaro Gap. Pajaro Valley means "Valley of the Birds". We get a beautiful view of th green, rolling Santa Cruz Mountains on the right.

WATSONVILLE JUNCTION (1:10MIN./25MIN.)Watsonville was settled by Gold Rush prospectors who turned their attention to agriculture. Along the tracks,take note of the many strawberry fields,apple orchards,and lettuce paches. Nearby,the Spanish explore Portola discovered the first redwood tree.

CASTROVILLE (1:25MIN./10MIN.)Welcome to the "Artichoke Capital of the World". You see the bushy tops of the artichoke plants in the fields on the right side of the train.

SALINAS is the head of the Salinas Valley, known as the "Country's Salad Bowl" because of the many varieties of vegetables grown here. It was the boyhood home of Pulitzer Prize winner, John Steinbeck. Steinbeck's childhood home has been preserved and today is a museum/restaurant. Salinas is the closest station to Monterey, 15 miles to the west.

SALINAS VALLEY As we leave Salinas, we pick up the Diablo Range on the left. San Benito Mountain (5,258 ft.) on the left is the highest point of the Diablo Range. On our right is the Santa Lucia Range. We follow the Salinas River Valley for the next one hundred miles.

SOLEDAD (30MIN./2:27MIN.)Founded in 1791 as a mission town, Soledad Prison is prominent on the left side of the train. While imprisoned here, Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver wrote his famed book, Soul on Ice. In just a few minutes, we rejoin the salinas River on our right. On our left, we will see Pinnacles National Monument and the begining of the Gabilan Range. Look for vineyards and a crop duster base and airfield (50min./2:07min.) on the left, just before we enter the 1,305-ft. Rocky Point tunnel.

KING CITY (45MIN./1:10MIN.)King City was the site of one of the Spanish missions built in 1771. J.E. Steinbeck, father of author John Steinbeck, was King City's first railroad agent.

SAN MIGUEL (1:41MIN./79MIN.)As we pass through this quaint town,you can see Mission San Miguel Arcangel, founded in 1771. This was once of Father Serra's orginal missions along El Camino Real. Look on the right for a two-story adobe building adjoined by a long,arched wing.

CUESTA PASS (2:24MIN./10MIN.)Just soouth of Santa Margarita, we enter the Cuesta Pass. We will be climbing the mountains and getting a spectacular view of the San Lucia Mountains as we wind in and out of five tunnels, high above the Los Osos Valley. U.S. Highway 101 climbs the oppsite side. From the top of Cuesta Grade, we descend over 1,000 feet in the next 11 miles. Below, you'll see our tracks into San Luis Obispo and the trestle over Stenner Creek.

HORESHOE CURVES (2:46MIN./10MIN.)The train winds around two sweeping horeshoe curves which the railroad bulit to gain altitude climbing the pass. The fortress-like structure coming up on the right side of the train is the California Men's Colony, a state penitentiary. Its most famous escapee was Dr.Timothy Leary. You'll get a good view of the entire train here. The GM-bulit diesel locomotives each develop 3000 horespower and pulling the Coast Starlight at speeds up to 80mph. Each Superliner car is 85 feet long, over 16 feet high and weighs approximately 75 tons.

SAN LUIS OBISPO was founded as Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in 1772. After experiencing several fires in the thatched roofs of their missions, it was here the Spanish missionaries developed the technique to manufacture the red tiles that became a distinctive feature of mission architecture. Today, the study of architecture continues at California Polytechnic State University which is located north of the station. Amtrak Tours depart from here to San Simeon, site of Hearst Castle,the extravagant home of the late newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.

PISMO BEACH (25MIN./1:50MIN.)Pismo Beach is a popular resort famous for its 23 miles of wide beaches, sand dunes and ins Pismo Clams. As we pass behind Pismo State Beach and Dunes, you get a glimpse of the massive sand dunes through the tall Eucalyptus trees on the right side of the train.

PACIFIC OCEAN (50MIN./1:25MIN.)You now get a full veiw of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. We will be following the coastline for the next 104 miles to Ventura.

VANDENBURG AIR FORCE BASE (50MIN./56MIN.) For 30 minutes, as the trains follows the Pacific Ocean, we cross right through the Strategic Air Command's Western Missile Test Range, the launch site for military missiles and satellites. As our route first approaches the base from the north, we enter just below the Minuteman Missile area with Minuteman Beach to the right. At PURISMA POINT(55MIN,/1:20MIN.), we see the first of several launch pads, called Space Launch Complexes (SLC), on the right and the Vandenburg airfield to the left.

SURF(1:02MIN./1:13MIN.) We cross the Santa Ynez River at Ocean Beach Park. Just below Surf, look for more launch pads on the right and, out to sea, the first of several off-shore oil wells.

SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH PAD(1:08MIN./1:07MIN.) The launch pad SLC6, ana the huge white, flagbedecked support building on the left were built to be the home of the military's Space Shuttle program. They have now been abandoned.

POINT ARGUELLO(1:09MIN./1:06MIN.)At Point Arguello, our route turns southeastward toward Los Angeles. In spring and fall, you may be able to spot migrating whales off the point . On the right side of the train, you see a lighthouse on the point. Today, an automatic beacon warns ships of the impending rocks. Over the years, Point Arguello has been the site of many shipwrecks. One of the most famous shipwrecks occurred here on September 8,1923. The U.S. Navy's Destroyer Squadron 11 was steaming south at 20 knots when they encoutered thick fog. Believing they had passed Point Arguello, the squadron commander ordered the turn into Santa Barbara Channel. Instead,seven of the destroyers were wrecked and 23 sailors died when they struck the rocks. It was one of the greatest peacetime Naval disasters.

POINT CONCEPTION(1:24MIN./51MIN.) Just north of the point, we cross a high trestle over Jalama Beach Park at the southern boundary of Vandenberg Air Force Base. Point Conception comes into view. The lighthouse was built in 1855 and is still in use. The beaches below are popular with surfers, bathers and campers. The SANTA YNEZ MOUNTAINS come up to the left. To the right, you'll see that cows enjoy the seaside as much as people. Grazing lands line the palisades high above the surf. Much of this spactacular, cliff-top view of the Pacific is unspoiled because of the continuing presence of large ranches in this area. It's a view you'll only see on Amtrak!

GAVIOTA(90MIN./36MIN.) is Spanish for "seagull." Look forward on the ocean side as the train curves toward a spectacular high trestle at Gaviota Pass. A little further south is TAJIGUS CREEK TRESTLE(1:43MIN./32MIN.). Refugio State Beach
is just to the south. Here, we are following the Santa Barbara Channel.In addition to ship traffic, you will also see off-shore drilling platforms which pump oil from below the sea floor. Portugese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered the channel in 1542.

ELLWOOD OIL FIELD(2:03MIN/15MIN.) Beyond the grasshopper-like oil wells is a little known historic spot. On Febuary 25, 1942, Captain Kozo Nishino surfaced the Japanese submarine I-17 in the Santa Barbara Channel and fired 17 rounds from his 140mm deck gun toward the oil field, inflicting little damage. It was probably the only direct enemy attack on the continental United States in the past century.


Los Angeles El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora de la Reinade Los Angeles, now known simply as Los Angeles, was founded in 1781. The los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal is a fitting blend of Spanish and Art Deco styles-reflecting both Los Angeles' earliest heritage and the great film tradition. Across from the station is Olvera Street, a colorful historic district that marks the site of the original village.

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