California Zephyr train trip (from NYC)

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
Trip End Apr 08, 2013

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Where I stayed
Amtrak coach seat (yes, that's right, for 3 nights & 4 days!)
What I did
New York's Pennsylvania Station
California (San Francisco)
Colorado (Denver)
Mississippi river
Chicago Union Station
Illinois (Chicago)
Emeryville (San Francisco)

Flag of United States  , Kansas
Friday, October 19, 2012

The California Zephyr is a 3,924 km passenger train route operated by Amtrak from Chicago, Illinois, in the east to Emeryville, California, in the west, passing through the states of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California. The route is the longest and one of the most scenic routes run by Amtrak, with views of the upper Colorado River valley in the Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada.My trip was even longer as I took the train from New York City  to Chicago and continued from there all the way to San Francisco. When I was telling people of my plan to cross the States by train that would take 3 nights and 4 days and was more expensive than a flight ticket their reaction was more or less "You are crazy" although most did not say that. They would just put it more polite. Nevertheless I did it. I enjoyed it. Having known how it would be, before doing it, I would still go ahead and do it. But I would not do it again! Once in a lifetime is enough. It is an experience! Another fellow traveller that I later met at my hostel in San Francisco (I had actually met him in my NYC hostel as well and later met him again in San Francisco) had also taken the train and did the same trip as me. He also thought of the same things I mentioned above about it. He was also going to Los Angeles after San Francisco! The only difficult thing was the "Mexican" shower I had to take (a quick alternative to an actual shower, by applying enough cologne, perfume, and/or deodorant to cover up any funky smelling body odor)!



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