Thanks for the tip on taking Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver. I booked it today. I could not believe how inexpensive it was. With AAA membership it was only $72.00 for three adults and one child. We are going in August and they said it was good that I bboked this early because that train always fills up way in advance. You said it was a scenic ride. What side of the train should we sit on for the best views? I also understand that the train station is only 1 mile from the pier.