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A very beautiful fall train ride!

My husband and I (newly retired):)... were going to visit my daughter in Sacramento. My husband... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Stolen items in the California Zephyr

Very nice train, lovely sights to see, I went to lunch with my family, and went back into my cart... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Since 1949 this Amtrak train has taken travelers on scenic rides between Roseville, IL and Oakland, CA.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed 3 days ago

its a great way to travel...and see the country...coach is affordable and comfortable for an overnight ride.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fergman
Reviewed 4 days ago

Being a dream of mine to ride the train from Coast to Coast this experience was high on my bucket list. Upon boarding the train I was met by friendly and professional Porters. I was shown to my Roomette (small sleeping space) and was able...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank ThornzzEats
Reviewed 1 week ago

My 10 year old granddaughter and I traveled Thanksgiving week 2018 from Chicago to San Francisco. Prior to boarding, we enjoyed a couple hours in the First Class Lounge in the beautifully renovated Chicago Union Station. Hot coffee, tea, sodas, breakfast offerings, fresh veggies and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank CJBCambridge
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Were hoping for snow when we made reservations...but still a really nice trip. Cars are roomy with leg space, I'm 6', no problem like on air lines. Nice ride through the Sierras. The scenic car and dining cars were never crowded and the snack bar...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank Richard T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I (newly retired):)... were going to visit my daughter in Sacramento. My husband decided he would like to take a train part of the trip to see the Rockies. Initially we looked at Denver to Sac, but that was in the range...More

Date of experience: October 2018
4  Thank Momsfun
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice train, lovely sights to see, I went to lunch with my family, and went back into my cart and some of my items are gone. That cart care taker told us on the way down, to make sure the electronics are away and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
5  Thank Crazy N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The route of this trip goes through some of the most scenic mountain view country in the world. It leaves Oakland, CA in route to Chicago, stopping at Donner Pass in the Sierra's, Salt Lake City, Utah, Grand Junction CO, Denver. Some of the remote...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank drandrewwharrell
Reviewed 9 November 2018

WILL NEVER ride the train again.. It was so bad I brought round trip tickets for me and my wife.. Since paid for I came back on the train.. My wife REFUSED to every ride another and flew back.. Wish I would of done the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
6  Thank SirPain P
Reviewed 5 November 2018

If you're used to 4-star hotels and crisp uniforms I'd say unless you're up for 'adventure' you might be disappointed after seeing the marketing. The people who work on the train are great. The tracks on some of the 'tours' are horrific. I was [seriously]...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank RGARYB
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

My wife and i did this trip last year. The scenery is amazing no doubt about that. Especially the trip over the mountains. The reality with the rest of this trip was that it was quite poor. The cleanliness of the cars was ridiculously poor....More

Date of experience: November 2017
5  Thank KeithOz
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29 November 2018|
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Response from karlsglass | Reviewed this property |
Short answer yes. If your in a sleeper.
24 November 2018|
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Response from RonH43026 | Reviewed this property |
The two best scenic areas are in the Sierras and in the Rockies, The Zephyr is timed such that when traveling in either direction, that you are scheduled to pass through both these two areas in daylight. The keyword here is... More
19 November 2018|
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Response from James C | Reviewed this property |
The times I have been through Truckee, there hasn't been enough time to step off the train. Sometimes when the train is early at stations like Truckee, which is not often, you may have time to get off but I never have. As... More