One of the most iconic things to do in the Golden State is to cruise down Pacific Coast Highway with your windows down. While the views are beautiful, traffic in SoCal is no joke. But thankfully, there’s a way to skip the gridlock and still get all of the views. The Pacific Surfliner train takes you on a three-hour roundtrip ride down the California coast for only $47.\nThis Amtrak route can pick you up and drop you off at various points across the state; you can pick your departure and arrival cities.\nAll of the rides have one thing in common - you’re going to see gorgeous views along the way.\nIf you’ve ever wanted to cozy up in a big sweater, coffee in hand with views for hours, now is your chance. You can get a real feel for southern California via one of the coolest ways to travel.\nPrices vary by your departure and arrival locations and the day and time you choose to travel. The Pacific Coastliner runs daily, so you can plan your travels with ease.\nFor an affordable route, you can take the coaster from the tiny, historic town of San Juan Capistrano (aka where all of the old missions are) all the way down to San Diego.\nView this post on Instagram In the middle of winter, we're California dreamin'. 📸: @lesleygreenleephotography #amtrak #californiacoast #500destinations A post shared by Amtrak (@amtrak) on Jan 9, 2017 at 5:18pm PST\nIf you take the ride with Amtrak’s value fare, you can ride each way for only twenty-three dollars. The best part is, you’ll get to stop in various small towns along the way. While the ocean views are arguably beautiful, the rolling hills and plains are too.\nSure, the ride is only a couple of hours long, but we can’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon. San Diego offers an endless list of attractions to enjoy beneath sunshine and a cloudless sky.\nView this post on Instagram 난 #샌디에고 #기차여행 브이로그를 너무너무너무 편집하구시픈데.... 제 프리미어 어제부터 왜때문에 안켜지는거죵 ㅎ ㅏ😔 몇달전에 #심즈 깔고부터 storage없어서 업데이트 못하고 있다가 큰맘먹구 심즈 지우면서 필요없어 보이는것들 몇개 같이 지웠는데... 제가 엄청 중요하지만 스팸프로그램처럼 생긴 뭔가를 지워버린걸까용🥺 짜증이난다.... 후아 A post shared by 해로미 (@heyromee) on Oct 30, 2019 at 3:59pm PDT\nWhy not make a day of it while you’re there? You can opt to either make a roundtrip visit in one day or extend your visit and stay in San Diego for a few days. There’s so much to see and do!\nYou could catch a show at SeaWorld, walk around the Gas Lamp Quarter, and explore historic missions in Old Town. Heading back north, the train route takes you directly through Anaheim. Who else wants to visit Disneyland?\nView this post on Instagram Can’t talk, currently coveting my #eatpraylove moment. 🙏🏽🚆😍 A post shared by Tiffany McFadden (@usualsuspecttiff) on Mar 6, 2019 at 11:23am PST\nIf you’re looking for more ways to explore California, you should also check out this adventure list for the best road trip anyone has ever been on. It'll take you to some of the most drool-worthy places on the west coast.\nView this post on Instagram #PacificSurfliner train tip from one of our followers: "Take this train during sunset and you'll have yourself a perfect view." Noted! 🌊 📷: @alec_basanec A post shared by Amtrak (@amtrak) on Jul 9, 2019 at 1:00pm PDT\nAmtrak: Pacific Surfliner\nPrice: Tickets start at $23 per person per way for a reserved coach seat ($47 roundtrip).\nLocation: Various cities across California (see the full list here)\nWhy You Should Go: You can see 3 hours of the beautiful California coast for only $47!\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.