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California Zephyr

One of Amtrak's 15 signature overnight journeys, the California Zephyr traverses 2,400 miles over the course of three days and two nights. The route begins at Union Station in Chicago, IL, and proceeds through Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada before arriving in Emeryville, CA, located just across the Oakland Bay Bridge from San Francisco. Travelers may join this expedition in either of the bookend destinations or at one of the 30-some-odd stations along the way.

The California Zephyr offers three departures per week, giving passengers options that best coincide with their travel plans. For their time onboard, guests may select from coach seating or upgrade to private sleeper accommodations.

To gain a new perspective on the changing terrain, travelers can meander up to the train's upper-level Sightseer Lounge, lined in large windows and features ample comfortable seating.

When it comes to mealtimes, dining on Amtrak is an experience to remember. Sleeper Car guests enjoy included meals for the duration of their time on the train. Delicious meals are served three times a day, with options ranging from Amtrak signature French toast and breakfast quesadillas in the morning to burgers and salads for lunch and pasta, chicken, or Amtrak Signature steak with red wine sauce for dinner. For guests looking for a less formal dining experience, the Café Car offers hot and cold options throughout the day.

America's beauty and the old-world elegance of train travel are yours to behold aboard the California Zephyr.

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Our customers love our California Zephyr tours
California Zephyr with Yosemite National Park - Chicago to San Francisco
23 Oct 2021
Michael
5 stars
“We enjoyed the experience. Considering the unavoidable space restrictions on a train, the goog use of all spaces was impressive.
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Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, & Yellowstone
23/Sep
LINDA LARSON MITCHELL
4 stars
“The tour guide was very professional and handled everything well. I did not enjoy the sleeper car on Amtrak and would not do that again. The raft float on the Snake River was wonderful and the views of the Tetons also. Mid trip I came down with Covid so I had to leave the tour unfortunately.
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California Zephyr with Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
22/Sep
ALLEN JONES
4 stars
“We really enjoyed the Zephyr from Chicago to Salt Lake City. The accommodations were fun, the meals were mixed - some very good; others not so much, the service by all Amtrak staff very good. The scenery was outstanding! Hotels in Salt Lake & Yellowstone were very nice. Unfortunately our trip was interrupted by the railroad strike (that never happened). Vacations by Rail has handled it very professionally and quickly. I also bought trip insurance and have filed a claim (still waiting for a resolution from them).
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Best of the Western Parks
12/Sep
KAREN NUSSBAUM
4 stars
“Great trip we plan on another trip next year
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California Zephyr Experience
6/Sep
RAYMOND CHON
4 stars
“Good experience. No complaint. But i paied extra amenities to both hotels in chicago and sfo and i used uber service after arrival at sfo to check in at the hotel
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Classic Coast to Coast by Rail
16 Dec 2018
Fred & Arylene L, Hampstead, MD
4 stars
“We were pleasantly surprised at the service extended to us during our rail trip to San Francisco. Everyone did their best to accommodate our every need. The motorcoach tours especially were exceptional. The It was a very satisfactory experience. The train sleeper accommodations were novel and interesting. Being older generation persons, the quarters were tight, but kind of fun to experience, (arthritis aside!) Thanks for a nice time. Drivers were very professional and knowledgeable. Fred is a retired motorcoach driver, so this was of special interest to him.
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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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