This American Train Ride Is One Of The World’s Longest And Most Dazzling

The California Zephyr is the longest train route in America and a breathtaking way to travel across the country.

The journey spans 2,438 miles and takes passengers between Chicago and San Francisco on a dazzling trip through the Rocky Mountains, the dramatic canyons of Colorado’s Western Slope and other gorgeous landscapes in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Utah, Nevada and California. The ride takes only two and a half days to complete, making it a perfect sightseeing vacation.

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This remarkable train is operated by Amtrak and has been wowing riders since 1949. The company claims the route is one of its most scenic, and it’s hard to disagree. Passengers are taken on a winding journey across the plains of Nebraska, through the Rockies to Salt Lake City and the beautifully arid land of Utah, and into Reno and the stunning snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada before pulling into Emeryville with a subsequent connection to San Francisco. Passengers will end up seeing more of America by the end of the trip than most Americans do in a lifetime.

The train runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco. You can reserve a spacious coach seat for your journey or relax in a roomette or bedroom in one of the Superliner Sleeping Cars. Small dogs and cats are allowed on board, so don’t fret about leaving your furry friend at home. Tickets for the cross-country journey start at a mere $138, so there’s no excuse not to take this great American trip as soon as possible.