Amtrak San Joaquins
Photographs, travelogues, accommodations, and other information about train travel on the Amtrak San Joaquins route.
Trip Highlights - Trains
From Amtrak's 1997 Travel Planner
- 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
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,
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
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 ...
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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