Because my roomette was located on wrong side of train for most scenic view – I recorded this from across the hall. Amtrak’s Coast Starlight Pacific Parlour Car is wonderful to experience. But after awhile privacy is nice and sometimes in the parlour you are competing for best views.
If you look close by highway overpasses – you will see a small tent encampment. You get to see Portland’s do things different mentality as Coast Starlight crosses railroad bridge. Right next to train is a walk and bike path.
Portland is bit more forward thinking in regards to transportation, development and environment. Unfortunately not enough cities in United States are open to doing things differently than status quo.