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Phone Number: +1 800-872-7245

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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Second Zephyr trip in as many years

Last October, I took traveled the Zephyr's full route from Emeryville to Chicago (see separate detailed review). The main reason I took this trip almost exactly a year later was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Los Angeles CA

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Columbia, Missouri
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank MortyCanada
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

2 Thank Laura E
Los Angeles CA
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149 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 726 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last October, I took traveled the Zephyr's full route from Emeryville to Chicago (see separate detailed review). The main reason I took this trip almost exactly a year later was because I received a rather paltry $300 Amtrak credit due to serious air conditioning snafus in my sleeping car on last year's trip--I basically had to travel in oven-like conditions... More 

12 Thank pillowsofwanderlust
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We rode the California Zephyr (me, my wife, and my 10 and 12 year old children) from Chicago to Sacramento and enjoyed it very much. We had two roomettes, which were tight but otherwise comfortable. It was nice to get away to a quiet room whenever we wanted, to read or sleep or just look out the window. Cam, our... More 

5 Thank Randy W
New Jersey
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75 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did the entire trip from Chicago to Emeryville this month (Nov). Views: Got dark soon after Chicago and spent most of the journey sleeping. Reaches Denver next morning and the actual scenery begins. Spectacular. Many places were not accessible by road, so doing the train might be the only way to get to see them. Lasted all day long. Final... More 

7 Thank Arun Kumar T
London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Booked my tickets(superliner bedroom) last October to coincide with the US F1 GP. Did the whole trip from Chicago to Emeryville. Couldn't have been any more happier after completing the trip. Train was on time and reached Emeryville on time too. Food was nice, for a vegetarian. Not much options but whatever was available was nice. Mostly old folk in... More 

3 Thank WayneCorp
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

California Zepher to Glenwood Springs CO. Beautiful!! The majestic Rockies without having to drive or worry about traffic or navigating. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. The Zepher was on time and even a bit early into Denver on our return trip.

4 Thank Darwin G
Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We travelled from Emeryville to Chicago in a room. The extra space was worth the cost, and allowed for views from both sides of the train. Roomettes too cramped appearing for 3 days. The food is as described, and we had set our expectations accordingly. The scenery was great and we did not get bored...didn't even finish a book. The... More 

7 Thank cvsa
Varsity Lakes, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We decided to take the sleeper car from San Francisco to Washington. The first two nights/three days were on the Californian Zephyr, This is supposedly the top Amtrack train. The trip was great scenery and stuff one can never see from a plane. Wonderful to see. But the two nights meant we missed a good part of any sights -... More 

7 Thank JGqld1945
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I travelled from San Francisco to Chicago. So what was good? Well the route is amazing, encompassing cities and some incredible scenery. Just being able to relax and watch the beautiful landscape go by is a pure joy. I had a sleeper roomette and the bed was comfortable. This ticket gives you meals included which made the overall trip great... More 

5 Thank Richard H

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