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5 SCENIC TRAIN RIDES IN CALIFORNIA
By: Natalie A.
Pacific Surfliner from Orange County to Santa Barbara
800 USA RAIL
www.amtrakcalifornia.com

Get up close and personal with scenes of pristine beaches and dramatic cliff-side panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. Also along this route are acres of strawberry fields in Ventura, the old "Hollywood Western" rocks and cliffs of Chatsworth and the art deco grandeur of Los Angeles Union Station
Coast Starlight From Sacramento to San Luis Obispo
800 USA Rail
www.amtrak.com

This segment of the Coast Starlight route offers views of California’s urban and agricultural beauty. Travel along the San Francisco Bay towards Silicon Valley and through both the Garlic and Artichoke Capital of the World on the way to the quaint college town of San Luis Obispo.
California Zephyr from Sacramento to Truckee
800 USA Rail
www.amtrak.com

The California Zephyr from Sacramento to Truckee is one of the most scenic train rides in the Amtrak system. Riders will enjoy the view of the Sierra Nevadas while train docents tell the tales of the Donner Party, the building of the transcontinental railway, the California Gold Rush and more.
San Joaquin From Martinez to Emeryville
800 USA Rail
www.amtrakcalifornia.com

Onboard the San Joaquin train, riders will cross the San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Strait, a shallow tidal estuary that forms the northern extension of San Francisco Bay shared between Contra Costa, Solano, Sonoma and Marin counties
San Joaquin from Stockton to Fresno
800 USA Rail
www.amtrakcalifornia.com

Travel on Amtrak’s San Joaquin train during the spring, and riders are privy to the gorgeous view of the Blossom Trail, when all the trees and orchards along the route are beginning to bloom. From wildflowers to almond blossoms, experience California’s agriculture beauty.
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