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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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Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, & Yellowstone
18 Sep 2023
DAVID CHASTAIN
5 stars
“It was a wonderful trip, with the tour guide Sally Bell and bus driver Alex Hess being the best part. . All the museums, animals, and scenery were fantastic. The raft trip on the Snake River and the jeep ride through Custer State Park were the best parts of the trip. The weakest part of the tour was the California Zephyr train. The observation deck was great and the food was good, but the roomette was too small, the train too jerky, and the whole train showing that it was in need of a good cleaning. But we loved the trip and thought it was an awesome itinerary. Thank you.
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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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Coast to Coast : San Francisco to New York
20 Jul 2021
Alyson M, Fort Worth, TX
5 stars
“Traveling by train was the perfect way to spend our honeymoon and see the country!
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California Zephyr Experience
09 Nov 2023
CRAIG CROOK
4 stars
“The roommette is spacious enough for two people for the money but would be nice for mattresses and pillows to be a little thicker.
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Great Parks of the Southwest featuring the Grand Canyon
08 Oct 2023
JAMES HEATH
4 stars
“Very nice. The Amtrak portion was disappointing.
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California Zephyr with Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
06 Jun 2023
Barbara Anderson
4 stars
“The views were amazing! We had a car rental waiting for us at Salt Lake City. We enjoyed driving ourselves into Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons (and they are GRAND!), and Yellowstone. Simply amazing! The bedroom was small and cramped, but served it's purpose. The toilet in our room did not flush appropriately so we ended up with a smell in our space. The hotels were great, as well as all the other accommodations made. As senior adults, it was part of our bucket list to experience train travel. We did, but seriously doubt we will ever travel this way again. There should be some sort of rotation system placed on the observation car. This is one of the most scenic train trips. People should NOT be allowed to camp out in there with no disregard for others on the train.
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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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