An experience aboard the California Zephyr

California Zephyr
Chicago, IL -> Denver, CO
aug. 2015

My first thought when the train left Union Station, alone in the big California Zephyr was “what am i doing?? Am I crazy??”. Everything was so new, and big, and I was gonna be on my own from now on. Getting out of your comfort zone is always scary. But that’s the whole point! So yeah, I was really scared about what was going to happen next. But so excited! I was on my way to Colorado, how cool was that? I had never thought I would end up in Colorado one day !!!


So, being in that state of mind, I was pretty much excited about anything I would see, which helped a lot making the trip interesting. Everyone told me I would eventually get bored to death from seeing so many corn fields but I was not. First of all, it wasn’t just corn fields. It was a lot of very various things and towns I had never seen before.

You only get a few smoke stops on the way, so getting to see stuff outside the train is complicated. I only had less than 10 minutes to smoke my cigarette and see around. I decided the train would be my main interest. Trains in America are much bigger than in Europe (just like everything else really), and the platforms are smaller. So trains look even bigger than they actually are. Also, coming from France, a country that uses trains are their main means of transportation, it was amazing to see how much room I had!

For the first time, I was happy I am so tiny because I had exactly the space I needed to survive without moving for the next 17 hours. So I spent most of this time with my camera against the window (and also, sleeping. night sadly happened at some point).I loved all the fields, all the little farms, all of it looked like some old movie, it was fun.

While I admit that it made the journey funny and captivating, living there is a whole other story. Cities (or even towns) are miles and miles away from each other. And, this is America. So whatever you think big is, it’s actually bigger.

amtrak experience, california zephyr, train, inside, sunset, windows,

I got to see the sunset above the fields of Iowa, all green and Midwestern-like, and crossed Nebraska during the night, so sadly I have no idea what it looks like. But I found out, call me stupid all you want, that there is a city called Omaha. All I knew was Omaha Beach. I guess it makes sense it has been named after an American city, I just never thought of it! Omaha was also the last night smoke stop before the morning.

We left the green of Iowa to wake up in the very bright and yellow Colorado. I saw the sunrise over the desert and it was quite magical for me!

amtrak experience, california zephyr, colorado, sunrise, morning, fields, sky, blue, train

I also found out that in the land of free that is America, even the cows don’t have fences around them, even tho there is a railway next door. But I noticed that American cows are scared of the train, so I guess they are smart enough to save their asses away when a train shows up! Unlike French cows, who manage to escape their closed fields to wander to their deaths. Apparently, even animals are more obedient in the rest of the world than in my home country. Hahaha! Anyway, I realised soon enough Colorado was going to be a fun and bright place, and I was more than right! This was enough to help me forget the uncomfortable sleep and bad food from the last twenty hours.
If you want to see random places in the country and have some time to see around, I definitely recommend traveling by train. No one will do that in America, but it is worth it. And that is just the first part of the trip aboard the California Zephyr 😉

Where to board the California Zephyr :

Stops at all main cities :

  • Chicago
  • Omaha
  • Denver
  • Salt Lake City
  • Oakland (San Francisco)

Plus a bunch of smaller towns on the way. Check out for more info.
The total trip from Chicago to Emeryville is about 52hours.
In both Denver and Chicago, you get right into the city when arriving at the station.
From Emeryville, there is a shuttle that takes you straight to San Francisco.

amtrak experience, california zephyr, map, trip, station, united state map

You can find the part 2 about the California Zephyr trip right here.
Check my portfolios for more photos of my trip with Amtrak ! 😉

39 thoughts on “Amtrak Experience : California Zephyr #1

  1. My partner and I stumbled over here coming from a different website and
    thought I should check things out. I like what I
    see so i am just following you. Look forward to exploring your web
    page again.

  2. Hello! I just would like to give you a huge thumbs up
    for the great information you’ve got here on this post.
    I’ll be returning to your web site for more soon.

  3. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post
    was good. I do not know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous
    blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  4. It is appropriate time to make a few plans for the long run and it is time to be happy.

    I’ve learn this publish and if I may just I wish to suggest
    you some attention-grabbing issues or suggestions.

    Maybe you can write subsequent articles referring to this article.
    I desire to read more things approximately it!

  5. Hi there I am so grateful I found your site, I really found you by accident,
    while I was searching on Bing for something else, Regardless
    I am here now and would just like to say thanks a lot for a
    tremendous post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the
    theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the
    minute but I have book-marked it and also added
    your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a lot
    more, Please do keep up the fantastic jo.

  6. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I
    clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m
    not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say great blog!

  7. hey there and thank you for your info – I have certainly picked up something new from
    right here. I did however expertise several technical points using
    this website, since I experienced to reload the web site
    many times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your web host
    is OK? Not that I am complaining, but slow loading instances times will often affect
    your placement in google and could damage your high-quality score if ads and
    marketing with Adwords. Well I’m adding this RSS to my email and
    can look out for much more of your respective fascinating content.
    Ensure that you update this again soon.

  8. Great post. I used to be checking continuously this blog and I am impressed!
    Very helpful information particularly the ultimate section :
    ) I take care of such information a lot. I used to be seeking
    this particular information for a very lengthy time.
    Thank you and good luck.

    Feel free to visit my site: Calibet free download

  9. We’re a group of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community.
    Your web site provided us with helpful info to work on. You
    have performed a formidable job and our entire group can be grateful to

    my blog post: rollex11 demo id (Prince)

  10. I have been surfing on-line greater than 3 hours
    lately, yet I by no means discovered any fascinating article
    like yours. It is beautiful value sufficient for me.

    Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made excellent content material as you probably did, the
    web can be a lot more helpful than ever before.

    Also visit my blog: id test sky777

  11. This design is incredible! You certainly know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to
    start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job.
    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you
    presented it. Too cool!

    my homepage :: joker123 download apk joker123 android (

  12. Amazing! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different topic but
    it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Excellent choice of colors!

    Here is my web-site pussy888 original (

  13. You’re so cool! I don’t suppose I’ve truly read something like that
    before. So good to discover someone with a few unique thoughts on this topic.

    Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that’s needed on the web, someone with a bit of

    Feel free to surf to my website 3win8 pc download

  14. What’s up every one, here every person is sharing these kinds of
    experience, thus it’s good to read this website, and I used to go to see this website all the time.

    My blog; Xe88 Slot

  15. free dating sites
    Hello there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted
    to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your
    blog posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects?
    Thanks a lot! free dating sites

  16. scoliosis
    I am really delighted to read this webpage posts which includes plenty of valuable facts,
    thanks for providing these kinds of information. scoliosis

  17. scoliosis
    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I’ve really
    enjoyed surfing around your weblog posts. After all I will
    be subscribing to your rss feed and I am hoping you
    write again very soon! scoliosis

  18. Right now it looks like Movable Type is the preferred blogging platform out
    there right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  19. Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Taking a few minutes and actual
    effort to make a top notch article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t manage to get anything done.

  20. If some one needs to be updated with most recent technologies after that he must be
    go to see this web page and be up to date daily.

  21. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more
    enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme?
    Great work!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *