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California Zephyr

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FlyBalletGuy wrote a review Yesterday
New York City, New York38 contributions45 helpful votes
One of the last trips I took before lockdown was the Zephyr westbound - I took it eastbound as soon as I was vaccinated. The scenery on this ride is the reason to go, and it's pretty almost all the way, but if you don't want to spend almost three days on a train, the Emeryville (SF) - Denver leg gets you 98% of the scenery in a very good time frame (leave in the morning, arrive Denver the next evening). You *could* do this ride in coach, but that's roughing it - coach seats are very spacious with good recline, but you have no shower access, and you could be next to someone you don't want to be next to for hours or days. I booked a roomette. It's Amtrak's smallest accommodation, basically the size of a single bed. If you're claustrophobic, it won't work; I found it cozy, especially as gorgeous scenery rolls by. The cars are 50 years old and have seen better days, but are kept up. But this is a simple rather than luxurious experience. Service is attentive and well-meaning. The one thing that was dire was "flexible dining" during COVID - a/k/a frozen dinners. But they're bringing actual dining back. Try and get a roomette on the left. If the car is assembled as mine was, that was an even-sided stateroom, but they can shuffle things. You may be able to get confirmation by calling. Eastbound, the best scenery begins on the left side going through wetlands. Go to the observation car after Colfax for the ascent up the Sierra Nevadas. You also want to be in the observation car for views from both sides along the Colorado River. (Another trick - if you are traveling with a friend, book two roomettes, each on one side, so you have access to both views). This is really worth doing not as transportation, but a vacation in itself. You will see not only scenery but wildlife - bald eagles in Colorado along with antelope and deer. It's some of the best low-effort sightseeing around.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Dreamer51277323019 wrote a review May 2
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I had a roomette from Chicago to Emeryville round trip. The sleeper car attendants and cafe attendants worked tirelessly to accommodate passengers. Especially Debbie Caldwell in the sleeper and John in the cafe. Be sure to tip if they do a good job. Contrary to prior reviews, the sleeper attendant can adjust the heat/air if you ask. The roomette comes with tissues and water to start. The attendant makes up the beds and removes in the morning. Meals can be had in the cafe car or brought to your room at the moment. Due to pandemic the meals are more like frozen dinners. Cod is the best, even though I don't normally order fish on a plane/train. I brought fresh fruit, nuts, and beer in a small cooler. They provide ice from cafe if you ask. You can get more water with each meal. The train departed on time both ways. We were 10 minutes early arriving in Emeryville and 30 minutes late arriving in Chicago. Most roomettes are upper level. Avoid using the one restroom in the upper sleeper car due to occasional odors due to overuse; there are plenty of restrooms and a shower on the lower level. Overall the price was right for a 52 hour trip where you can go outside for a fresh air break at certain stops.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Luisa Salas T wrote a review Apr 2021
Miami, United States16 contributions6 helpful votes
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My husband and I took the train from Sacramento to Denver last week. Views were spectacular and the experience was worth it. Since train was only at 45.% capacity we stayed in the observation car almost the whole trip, going to our room just to sleep. The only two things that were not so good: 1.- Food, since it’s not cooked a la cart because of Covid. 2.- We booked a family room, located on the first floor of the train and ride was bumpy, so sleeping was difficult. Nonetheless, I fully recommend the trip, specially this time of year.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Dave C wrote a review Apr 2021
Provo, United States111 contributions30 helpful votes
Another fun Amtrak ride. Just a note that I think it's fun to ride the train in the cold or wet weather because all you do is ride, and it was cold this time. I've probably done this trip three more times since the last review. I had an upper-level roomette and Karen and Manny were great attendants! Like I said elsewhere the new Amtrak Menu has some tasty food. I boarded in Galesburg IL this time and the train was on time the whole way. Can't wait for my next Amtrak ride in the fall...
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Fabio wrote a review Mar 2021
San Francisco, California10 contributions35 helpful votes
We took Amtrak from Sacramento to Denver in March 2021. The scenery... absolutely amazing! First the California Sierra; The summit, Donner lake, Truckee, etc just beautiful. We had lunch in the restaurant car while passing Donner pass all covered in snow. The next day the ride from Grand Junction to Denver is the best scenery I ever seen. We were lucky to pass thru the Rockies during a snow storm making the whole trip magical. The conductors kept us informed of landmarks and scenery all around. Really recommend this trip. The reason I don't give five stars is because the meals are a bit boring... you have a choice of several dishes but they all taste the same. Amtrak, at least during COVID, is not offering a real restaurant - all dishes are like TV dinners :( You can have dinner in your room or at the restaurant car. We booked a roomate but I recommend for two adults to go with the bedroom. Roomates are fine but a bit small for two. Train was very clean, staff polite and helpful, even with a huge storm in Colorado we only arrived 45 minutes late. I will do this trip again and recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing scenic train ride.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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