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Amtrak San Joaquins

Photographs, travelogues, accommodations, and other information about train travel on the Amtrak San Joaquins route.

California Corridors

Trip Highlights - Trains

From Amtrak's 1997 Travel Planner

    Scenic Highlights:
  • Marine World Africa
  • Alcatraz Island
  • San Francisco
  • Jack London Square, Oakland
  • Yosemite National Park

IF YOU'RE DREAMING OF A California vacation, let the Amtrak® trains of the California Corridors make it easier and more comfortable -- with convenient, frequent service to dozens of vacation destinations and none of the hassles of California's infamous freeways.

If it's natural beauty you're after, we can take you there: to the beautifully wide, white sand beaches of the Pacific ... the matchless mountain majesty of Yosemite National Park ... the soaring grandeur of the Giant Sequoias and coastal redwoods ... to the Channel Islands for whale-watching along the Pacific Coast.

If you want city lights to brighten your nights, we'll help you sample the laidback ambiance of San Diego chic, the wide-open excitement show-biz glamour of Los Angeles, the cosmopolitan allure of San Francisco, or the friendly charm of Sacramento's Old Town.

California's big trees -- in this case, Giant Sequoias -- are an absolutely awe-inspiring sight. The Giant Sequoias of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are the world's largest trees, although the coastal Redwoods, north of San Francisco, can be taller.

Visit one of the most colorful playgrounds in America -- Venice Beach, California.

You can't actually surf on board a San Diegan -- but you'll certainly see plenty of them from your train. In fact, many surfers ride the San Diegans to the beach; the train stops within a short walking distance of several popular beaches.

Reminders of the wonderful treasures of the Pacific are never far away on the San Deigan trains -- from San Diego's Seaworld® to the fabulous Monterey Bay Aquarium.

If you'd like to see how it used to be on the railroads, visit the California State Museum in Sacramento. The museum features an incomparable collection of steam engines and other railroad equipment -- bringing railroad history to life.

Bike racks that let you bring your bike along without crating or packing it are available on most California Corridor trains, including the Capitols and selected San Joaquins -- some San Diegans are equipped with baggage cars -- so if your dream is to ride quietly through matchless beauty ... All Aboard!

What's one of the most unusual festivals you can attend in the U.S.? Maybe this one: Stockton, California's Asparagus Festival. Gilroy's got garlic, and Castroville has artichokes -- and you can travel through the heart of California's farm valley on board a San Joaquin.

Amtrak® San Joaquin and Capitol trains operate with new double-decker California Cars. The new dining cars offer regional menu selections and are equipped with conveniences like Railfone® public telephone service and electrical outlets, so you can plug in your laptop and get some work done as you travel to work or school.

For a California vacation without California traffic, look to the exciting new trains of the California Corridors.

HIGHLIGHTS Looking for world-class attractions? California Corridor trains reach them: Marine World Africa®, Great America®, Disneyland® and Universal Studios;#174;. Not to mention scores of museums ranging from the unique expressions of contemporary art in Los Angeles to the sounds of steam engines at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Or, historical attractions like the mission at San Juan Capistrano or Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. There are three trains of the California Corridors: the San Diegans operate from San Diego to Los Angeles, and north to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. The San Joaquins travel from Oakland in the Bay Area to the Central Valley and south to Bakersfield. The Capitols run from San Jose through Sacramento to Roseville with connecting Thruway bus service to many other destinations. So, if you're looking into a California vacation, look to California Corridor service to make it come true. San Diegans and San Joaquins offer Custom Class with reserved seats and complimentary beverages.


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