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Since 1949 this Amtrak train has taken travelers on scenic rides between...

Since 1949 this Amtrak train has taken travelers on scenic rides between Roseville, IL and Oakland, CA.

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Why haven't I done this sooner!

Mother always says she wants to take a long train ride. So while trying to think of something "special" to do for her 80th, I remembered her wish - that also fit in well with her... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
gogoddess
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Washington DC, District of Columbia

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Travelled from Emeryville to Chicago which was a most memorable experience that I am so glad to have had the opportunity to experience. The views were amazing from start to finish with the added bonus of a most informative guard on the train. He sat in the viewing car and gave us some wonderful in sites into each areas we... More 

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Thank Ruth W
Byron Bay, Australia
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I recently rode the zephyr from Chicago to Sacramento. We met so many amazing, interesting, freaky and funny people along the way and the sights were breathtaking. The snack cart server Ron was hilarious and entertained us every time we paid him a visit. We rode coach and it makes for a rough ride, most people got... More 

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6 Thank bacongirl1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mother always says she wants to take a long train ride. So while trying to think of something "special" to do for her 80th, I remembered her wish - that also fit in well with her desire to return to San Francisco - where I lived for 14 years - and she visited twice. As a frequent cross country flyer... More 

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6 Thank gogoddess
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This fall I decided that I needed to go on a solo adventure and seek out parts of the country I'd never seen before. Somewhat on a whim I booked a trip on the California Zephyr Amtrak line and I couldn't be happier with how my trip panned out. Having never traveled by train, I was a little nervous but... More 

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13 Thank Meredith L
Oakland
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had such a great trip on the California Zephyr from Emeryville to Moab, Utah (actually nearest stop is Green River). Sleeper car was a good choice...slept well, ate well, beautiful views.

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4 Thank dianae385
Swaffham, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Oh my, oh my, oh my! This was amazing, I smile just thinking about it. We travelled from Chicago through to the last stop, Emmeryville. 2 nights, three days. We booked a cabin with shower and toilet. I recommend this if you can afford this. Whilst we barely used it in daylight we found it invaluable to catch up on... More 

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10 Thank Matt C
Yellowknife
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37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only way to travel. Chicago to San Francisco. Comfortable. Great staff. Good food. Would be even better with real china dishes!

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2 Thank YKIslander
Wichita, Kansas
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108 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

This is a five star rating for travel experience. I would never fly again if I could take this train to any of the many destinations I frequent. I've always wanted to take the rail across the States. I'm sorry I waited for my retirement to do it. It's an all around pleasure. The sleeper cars are cramped. The showers... More 

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8 Thank Roderick M
Columbia, Missouri
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144 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This was my second trip and the first for my wife on the Zephyr. We flew to Denver and connected with the Zephyr after a three day stay in Denver. We had Bedroom E in the first car after the dining car. (The two sleeping cars are found at the rear of the train.) Equipment is always the same (45... More 

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9 Thank MortyCanada
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

My best friend and I decided to do the California Zephyr for the sake of the trip. It did not disappoint! We took the train from Union Station in Chicago to Emeryville, CA. We decided to go coach to save money and broke the trip into two legs; Chicago to Glenwood Springs, CO and Glenwood Springs, CO to Emeryville, CA.... More 

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