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The California Zephyr

The California Zephyr



Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. The California Zephyr travels over 2,400 miles from Chicago to San Francisco through some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable.

Striking out over the Great Plains of Nebraska under vast blue skies, the Zephyr calls in at the mile high city of Denver before climbing up into the Rockies overlooking ribbon lakes and coursing through canyons beside rushing rapids.

The deserts of Utah & Nevada follow before the journey finishes with a final flourish cutting through the snow-capped peaks and forest fringed lakes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains before joining the Pacific Ocean at Emeryville/San Francisco.

Life on Board

Amtrak operate Superliner Trains on the California Zephyr that include a dining car that serves hot meals prepared onboard for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

All meals for First class passengers and those with sleeping accommodation are included in the price of their train ticket. Coach class passengers can dine for an additional charge.

There is also a Sightseer Lounge with oversize windows that comes complete with swivel chairs facing out, table seating, a lounge area and bar.

Sleeper Accommodation

What could be more romantic than drifting off to sleep to the gentle rocking of your train rolling through the night? Sleeper accommodation is available on most long distance Amtrak Superliner and Viewliner trains and are a comfortable and surprisingly affordable way to travel with upgrades available from as little as $150 per person per night.

All meals on board are included for Sleeping Car passengers and standard amenities include plug sockets, air conditioning, individual reading lights, a clothes rack, fold-down table, fresh towels & bed linens, soap & shower amenities, personal service (turn-down, coffee, paper, make-up bed), bottled water and daily newspaper.

Roomettes - Roomettes are ideal for one or two passengers, with two comfortable reclining seats on either side of a big picture window. At night, the seats convert to a comfortable bed and an upper berth folds down from above. Toilet & showers are available nearby in same train car.

Bedrooms - Bedrooms are ideal for two passengers, but can accommodate three. Each room has a large sofa style seat with two individually reclining sections, and a reclining easy chair. At night, the sofa converts to a comfortable bed and an upper berth folds down from above. All Superliner Bedrooms feature private, self-enclosed bathrooms with toilet, sink and shower.

Family Bedroom - The Family Bedrooms are ideal for 2 adults and 2 children and span the entire width of the car and have two picture windows. The sofa style seat and two reclining seats convert to beds and the two upper berths fold down from above. Toilet & showers are available nearby in same train car.

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