A rare non-travel day, spent exploring Oakland and – after crossing the bay by ferry – San Francisco.
In less than two weeks I was able to double the number of US States I’ve meaningfully visited, by hopping on and off the California Zephyr.
Arguably Amtrak’s most scenic route, the California Zephyr allows a great variety of landscapes to be sampled from the comfort of a lounge or sleeper car. Here’s some of what I experienced during a winter run with the snow often piled high!
I took on the entire 52 hour, 2400 mile journey from Chicago to Emeryville on the California Zephyr – but rather than one epic ride, I split it into six pieces across nine days. Here’s how those went.
An overview and links to coverage of my trip to New York, Vancouver, Seattle and Los Angeles via a mix of international business class flights and long distance trains.
The photographic version of my rail journey along the west coast.
An interactive map of the rail route down the west coast of America.
The second day aboard the Coast Starlight – having crossed into California overnight, we still had a long way down to Los Angeles!
An overview of my ‘roomette’ and the amenities available to sleeper car passengers on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight service, including the Pacific Parlour Car.
In-depth report of my push for HHonors Gold and BA Silver, hotel-hopping and tier-point running around California.
A collection from my visits to San Diego in January 2013.
A quick visit to Coronado, January 2013.
Checking out San Diego’s floating museum.
A few thoughts and photos from a morning stroll across the bridge and back.
Highlights from my brief visit to San Francisco, January 2013.