Photo Friday: the Countryside View from Amtrak’s California Zephyr
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Photo Friday: the Countryside View from Amtrak’s California Zephyr


The Most Scenic Route Between Denver and San Francisco


Meandering rivers, towering mountain peaks and rugged wilderness areas lie on the route of Amtrak’s California Zephyr train as it travels between Denver and Emeryville, California, where passengers are transferred by bus across the Bay to San Francisco. 


This train route follows the tracks laid in the 1860s as part of the first transcontinental railroad. The route crosses two major mountain ranges, the Rockies and the Sierra Nevadas, just like it did when many pioneers rushed to California after the discovery of gold.


Traveling in a sleeper car on the California Zephyr offers a unique view of the diverse countryside of Colorado, Utah and California. Brief stops are made in cities along the way such as Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, Colorado; Salt Lake City and Reno, Nevada; and Sacramento and Davis, California.

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  • James July 17, 2012, 9:08 am

    I did the full ride to Chicago when I moved back from Hawaii in 2010. Absolutely amazing!

  • Janis July 17, 2012, 10:46 am

    Thanks for your comment James; the Amtrak Zephyr train follows an amazing scenic route.