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?\nThis 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.\nIf 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.\nSince 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.\nTravelers 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.\nView this post on Instagram While on the subject of looking at moods and environment in rail photography; the following day after the infamous Bomb Cyclone last Spring that ravaged the Midwest left an indelible winter scene that will not soon be forgotten. Number 6 is kicking up the snow with just a hint of warm light glinting off the stainless. The 14,000 foot peaks of the continental divide a barely visible in the remnants of the heavy snow. I live for moments like these. Too me this is rail photography. . . #travel #railsupremacy #artofrailroad #daily_crossing #north_american_rail_pictures #pocket_rail #railfannation #railfanning #railstagram #railfans_of_instagram #railroadphotography #railmarkable #railpictures #railwayphotography #rail_barons #trainphotography #trainstagram #train_pics_nation #trainsofinstagram #train_nerds #trainspotting #trains_worldwide #trainphotography #trainchasing #railbuffs #amtrak @amtrak #amtrakcaliforniazephyr #californiazephyr #coloradorockymountains #colorado A post shared by @coloradorailphotographer (@coloradorailphotographer) on Nov 10, 2019 at 7:12am PST\nThe California Zephyr runs daily, so you can plan your travels with ease.\nWhile 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.\nView this post on Instagram I’m finishing out my last few hours aboard @amtrak’s California Zephyr, a train that takes you from San Francisco to Chicago (or the reverse). 🚂 . . What a ride this has been! I’m answering all questions about duration, cost, food, hopping on and off, etc. on my IG story now so check it out! 👌 A post shared by Steph ✨ Denver CO Blogger (@sightsoundsteph) on Jul 21, 2018 at 10:05am PDT\nFor 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.\nView this post on Instagram When crossing the snow view, Ye... I need hot water. #CaliforniaZephyrTrain A post shared by Mengnan Cheng (@mengnanccc) on Jan 11, 2016 at 5:07am PST\nPrices for coach seats start at $232 and vary by day and accommodation style. Narcity has reached out to Amtrak for a full price breakdown.\nAdventure 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.\nView this post on Instagram on the California Zephyr 🌞🚂 #californiazephyr #amtrak @paolarussii A post shared by Sonia L. Russi 🇮🇹🇩🇪 (@soniarussi) on Jan 8, 2018 at 8:00am PST\nAmtrak: California Zephyr\nPrice: Tickets start at $232 per person for a reserved coach seat\nLocation: Chicago, Illinois to Oakland, California\nWhy You Should Go: You can see 5 states in 2 days for only $232!\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.