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springtime zephyr

Los Angeles To Chicago






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Springtime Zephyr 2018


Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Chicago Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Chicago
Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Chicago
Springtime Zephyr Los Angeles To Chicago


Celebrate the glories of Spring from your seat in a Vista-Dome!  Experience what it was like to travel on the Scenic Way Across America in our Silver Fleet of private luxury rail cars. Our Silver Fleet cars which will be the Silver Rapids, Silver Lariat and Silver Solarium, will be coupled to the rear of Amtrak's Coast Starlight and California Zephyr, and will travel over what is arguably the most beautiful rail route in the US between Emeryville and Denver as we make our way to Chicago and return the same route.


Our route will take us on a daylight trip northbound from Los Angeles up the scenic California Coast with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Then enjoy the steep climb into the Santa Lucia Mountains with spectacular views of the San Luis Obispo Valley and our own train as it rounds a horseshoe curve and continues to climb into the mountains and passes through several tunnels to reach Cuesta Pass and on into the Salinas Valley before entering the Bay Area. Our private cars will be parked at the Amtrak coaching yard in Oakland. Remember, you will use our cars are your hotel for the night in Oakland.


The next morning our cars are placed on the rear of Amtrak’s California Zephyr for the journey Oakland eastbound through the Bay Area then crossing the Sacramento Valley before heading up into the High Sierra Mountains passing over the Summit of Donner Pass, first crossed by rail in 1867. After a stop in Reno, Nevada we continue out across the Nevada desert and along the south shore of the Great Salt Lake to Salt Lake City, which is reached in the wee hours. Early Birds will watch dawn break over the Wasatch Range as we climb to Soldier Summit, then follow the Price River to the desert of eastern Utah.  Shortly before leaving Utah we encounter the Colorado River deep in the remote Rudy Canyon, and follow it for many miles east into the Rockies almost to its source near the Continental Divide.  Along the way we will travel through the fabled Five Canyons of the Colorado, most famous of which is Glenwood Canyon, for which the Vista-dome was conceived.   All the time we will see nature's spectacle of Springtime unfold before us.  We may even see some antelope, deer, or perhaps a migrating herd of elk in the higher reaches. We cross the Continental Divide underground, in the over six mile long Moffatt Tunnel.  Emerging back into late afternoon daylight we begin our nearly two hour descent of the Front Range to Denver.  As twilight approaches we get the illusion of an airliner slowly coming in to land as the lights of Denver, which we first saw far below, get ever closer. After a stop in Denver we set off to race across eastern Colorado, Nebraska, and Iowa on our way to Chicago.  We cross the mighty Mississippi at Burlington in late morning, and start the final leg of our journey to the Windy City.


For those folks that are traveling roundtrip with us you will have two nights in Chicago at a hotel of your choice which is not included in our tour package. On May 26 we welcome you back onboard and any new passengers for the exciting journey westbound. We will retrace our same route back to California and finally Los Angeles.



Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.