We've all envisioned ourselves window-side in a train, looking out at a dreamy view, at least once in our lives. If you’re looking for a new type of adventure, why not hop aboard? The California Zephyr train ride takes you through 5 states for only $232. Did we mention the views are gorgeous?

This Amtrak route takes you right through the heart of the country and the best that the west coast has to offer. You’ll cross various types of terrain on your journey and see everything from rolling green hills and wide-open plains, to vivid colors of Utah’s vast deserts, and snow-capped mountains.

If you’ve ever wanted to sit and drink hot chocolate with the rolling views of the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevadas in front of you, now’s your chance. You can get a real taste of America via one of the coolest ways to travel. 

Since the entire trip takes 51 hours (a little over 2 days), you’ll have plenty of time to hop off at different spots and explore the cities too. 

Travelers will embark in Chicago (who’s down for some Chicago deep-dish pizza?), making stops in Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, and finally Oakland near San Francisco, California. If you want to explore San Fran at the end of your journey, Amtrak even provides a complimentary bus into the city.

The California Zephyr runs daily, so you can plan your travels with ease. 

While amenities vary by choice and train, there are plenty of ways to stay comfy on your trip. Passenger options range from reserved coach seating to individual rooms, suites, and even family-sized suites with a full bedroom and bathroom. 

For meals, you can eat in the dining car or get a quick meal at the cafe. You can also enjoy some hot drinks with a view from your cozy seat. 

Prices for coach seats start at $232 and vary by day and accommodation style. Narcity has reached out to Amtrak for a full price breakdown. 

Adventure lovers, this is one of the best ways to see the country. If you’re looking for other ways to see more of your state or country, you can also check out the best California road trip anyone has ever been on.

Amtrak: California Zephyr

Price: Tickets start at $232 per person for a reserved coach seat

Location: Chicago, Illinois to Oakland, California

Why You Should Go: You can see 5 states in 2 days for only $232!


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