We all have those bucket list ideas of epic travels and dream destinations we'd love to visit someday. Some of them are more affordable than you'd think. Why not get started now? If you plan on visiting the Golden State soon or you're already a local, we've found the most dreamy way to see it all. These scenic train rides in California are definitely ones for the books.
Amtrak: Pacific Surfliner
Price: Tickets start at $23 per person per way for a reserved coach seat ($47 roundtrip).
Location: Various cities across California (see the full list here)
Why You Should Go: You can see 3 hours of the beautiful California coast for only $47!
Starlight Los Angeles to Seattle Route
Price: Reserved coach starts at $99 per person.
Address: Los Angeles, CA to Seattle, Washington
Why You Need To Go: You can see the entire west coast for only $99 on an epic day and a half-long trip. It goes all the way from LA to Seattle!
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!
Capitol Corridor: San Jose to Sacramento
Price: Tickets start at $40 per adult for a one-way ticket.
Location: San Jose, California to Sacramento, California
Why You Should Go: You can see 3 hours of the beautiful California coast for only $40!
Napa Valley Wine Train:
Price: Tickets start at $279.99
Hours: Varies by tour
Location: 1275 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559
Why You Should Go: You can take a gorgeous 3-hour train ride through the lush hills of Napa Valley while sipping wine and snacking on your favorite foods. Napa is particularly gorgeous in fall and winter! Did we mention there's a cool castle stop?
Sacramento River Train
Price: Varies by day and excursion. You can see the full price list here.
Location: 400 N Harbor Blvd, West Sacramento, California
Why You Should Go: This 3-hour train trip will take you across 28 miles of lovely NorCal scenery. Depending on the trip you choose, brunch, lunch, and dinner are offered in the rustic dining cars.
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