Take the Red-Eye Train on Thanksgiving

Extra trains will be added to the Amtrak Cascades route between Portland and Seattle during Thanksgiving week, including a red-eye.

Instead of the usual 11 trains a day, there will be 19 from Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 28. That week is traditionally Amtrak’s busiest.

The red-eye trip will leave Seattle at midnight and arrive nonstop in Portland at 4:14 a.m. That seems like a long time. Can’t you drive to Portland in about two hours? I guess that’s the point. You don’t have to drive. But I thought the trains went faster than that. I wonder how long it takes when you have to make all the stops. Someday, I’m going to do this.

One-way trips are as low as $37. You need a reservation. Visit www.AmtrakCascades.com.