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Glamorous cities, over 800 miles of sparkling Pacific coastline, ancient forests, stunning national parks, and endless adventures beckon in the Golden State. California is diverse, wild, and refined; a state so complex that it easily tops lists of places to visit for travelers globally. Train trips in California venture through the ever-changing terrain, presenting the very best from the Sierra Nevadas to seaside harbors. Tour Southern California aboard Amtrak trains, including the Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner, to visit cities like San Diego and Los Angeles and taste the Paso Robles wine region's varietals. Continue up the California coast to the eclectic city of San Francisco. California tours from San Francisco may take you further inland for a Yosemite tour in which travelers can experience all the grandeur of the national parkland or further north to Sonoma or Napa. A ride through the vineyards and small towns of this region on the wine train in Napa Valley is truly an experience to remember. California tour packages come in all shapes and sizes, from 8- or 9-day rail expeditions that traverse multiple regions of the state to quick getaways that include a full day of travel up the California coastline. Travelers can choose from escorted packages and independent adventures that culminate in this magnificent destination. From the pristine sandy beaches of Southern California to the north's lush forests, there is so much to discover in this one Golden State.

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Exploring Yosemite National Park
4.4 stars(9 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAugSep
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
8 days from
$1,945 pp
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Grand Canyon from the South Rim
4.5 stars(6 reviews)
2021Sep
14 days from
$3,820 pp
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Wine Train In Napa Valley
2021Sep
2022MaySep
8 days from
$3,495 pp
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Devils Bridge Trail Sedona Arizona
2021Oct
2022AprOct
9 days from
$2,495 pp
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Bison Herd Moulton Barn Grand Teton National Park
2022JunAug
11 days from
$3,395 pp
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San Francisco Cable Cars on California Street
2021MayJunJulAugSepOct
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Rainbow Waterfalls Big Island in Hawaii
2021Dec
19 days from
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Cathedral Lake at Yosemite National Park
2021JunJulAugSep
2022JunJulAug
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Yosemite National Park
2021JunJulAugSep
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Monument Valley
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
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Jefferson Memorial
2021MayJunJulAugSep
2022MayJunJulAugSep
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Coast Starlight
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California Zephyr with Yosemite National Park - Chicago to San Francisco
08 Jul 2019
CHERYL
4 stars
“Vacations by rail was great! Our travel representative, Suzanne Saba, was awesome! She was very helpful in planning the trip! All of our paperwork came in plenty of time before we left so that we had time to review it. Both hotels in Chicago and San Francisco were awesome! No complaints about the accommodations. Our train steward, Rashid Davis, was the best! He was so helpful, entertaining and just awesome! The bedroom is very small, but we managed it for 2 days. Needed to be cleaner, but it is an older train. Food was very good and all wait staff were great! The only thing we would change about the train was take a shorter time. 2 days was too long, plus the train was 3 1/2 hours late arriving in San Fran. We also realize that we would not be able to see all of the beauty without being there for 2 days. The arrival into San Fran was a little confusing. A bus was there for us, but no announcement was ever made once we got on bus to where we would be dropped off. We were dropped off at Pier 39 which is a couple of blocks away from hotel, we should have been aware of that. All of the tours were good in Chicago. In San Fran, we took the hop-on-hop-off and that was great. We chose not to take the Yosemite tour the next day because it is an all day(12 hours) tour. Was too much riding for us since we had been on train for 2 days.we did call Extranomical tours and they were able to change us to 2 other tours for the next day which was great! I think that all travelers should be offered an option of Yosemite of 2-3 others because it is such a long day! You?re only in San Fran for 1 day on Sat, 12 hour tour on Sun and then home on Monday. Please tell this to all persons taking this tour. I hope that these comments will be helpful in booking other folks. We would definitely book with vacations by rail again!
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America's Beautiful West
15 Nov 2018
Mary W, Parker, CO
4 stars
“I have had a really wonderful time touring with my brother and sister. It was a good tour giving lasting memories. Thank You.
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