After spending a week in San Francisco, my friend Ali and I took a short flight north to the Pacific Northwest and the Oregon city of Portland for a couple of days.
I’ve heard many good things about Seattle but if I’m completely honest, I never thought I’d end up going there. That was until I booked a two-night stay at the end of my west-coast USA trip, the main reason being because it made my flight home from my San Francisco and Portland trip much cheaper. So after a brilliant weekend in Portland I made the four-hour journey to Seattle by train with Amtrak.
San Francisco was the first destination of my big Summer 2015 west-coast USA holiday. I booked up well in advance to spend a week staying with one of my best friends, Ali, who moved to California for a new job last year. Ali is a doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley and lives in the heart of city, and it was perfect to have one of my closest friends as the tour guide for my trip.