Amtrak California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco

Amtrak’s California Zephyr will blow your mind. If you’re thinking of taking the ultimate Amtrak train journey, watch this!

With its unmatched scenery, Amtrak’s California Zephyr should top not just your train trip list, but your entire travel bucket list.

In this video, we’ll travel from Chicago to San Francisco onboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr in a luxurious Bedroom, the ultimate Amtrak Train accommodation. We’ll also explore the California Zephyr Roomette to see how big that train accommodation really is!

And, for the first time ever, I’ll even show you the shower on the California Zephyr.

You’ll see the sights, the food, and gain insight into what it’s like to travel on Amtrak’s most scenic train: The California Zephyr.

Amtrak’s California Zephyr train was named for the original train operated jointly by the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad; the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad; and the Western Pacific Railroad. It was inaugurated March 19, 1949.

From its earliest days, the marketing and advertising for the California Zephyr train route has focused on the spectacular views along the way. And, in this video, you will see why!

This video started with five and a half hours of raw California Zephyr footage, distilled down to the best. That was a tough task because nearly every mile of the California Zephyr’s 2,438 mile journey was spectacular.

0:00 Introduction to the California Zephyr
2:48 Boarding the California Zephyr
13:10 Starting Day Two of the California Zephyr
16:02 Ultimate California Zephyr Rocky Mountain Views
24:17 Starting Day Three of the California Zephyr
32:37 Bloopers

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  1. I took that exact train as a single lady several years ago and I LOVED every minute of it. I felt very comfortable all the way . Would love to do it again, and I hope to. There are people to visit with or keep to your self. I took roomette and was great. Took a sleeper to Seattle and I loved it to. I love train travel

  2. I can't stand his euphoric "caught up in the moment" corny mood & typical American uninhibited on-camera personality (eg anecdote about prunes). I also bet there's little to no minorities on these journeys, being a privileged white male in usa gives you a massive advantage over the rest. These men are able to give their children a mega head start in life just as they were given themselves but a poor black family is stuck in the cycle of poverty unable to generate ancestral wealth. So yes i have a real issue with America, it's every man for themselves.

  3. Reason amtrack has a 30 feet below street level station is because back in the old days Frighters would get crew changes and would block the streets so UP changed that and went below

  4. Great Video! Wish that my commentaries for my travel pics were as good as yours. I'm a bit stiff in my delivery. Wish I could do that trrip – Ive done the Transandino a couple of times and also the Train in the clouds up North. I live here in Argentina by the way. Yes, there really is something about travelling in a cabin – much more relaxing. Looking forward to more of your films. Good Luck!

  5. The train looks nice but it is sooooooo slow…

    I guess that's the best you can get from a diesel-electric engine, but still… compared to TGV or even an ICE2… this is painfully slow.

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