Denver, CO -> Emeryville, CA
The second part of my trip aboard the California Zephyr was definitely the best and most scenic one, as you go all across both the Rocky Mountains and the Nevada Desert.-
I embarked on a 33 hours long trip to California, after spending half a night in a Greyhound station, and the other half in the train station.
Union Station is a pretty cool station to wait for a train, though. It’s all in the open. It looks a bit like a skeleton, with its spine going over the tracks. I’ve found it original! The inside is like, to me, a train station from a movie, with old benches and a bar!
I couldn’t wait to see what beautiful California was gonna show me! But before that, I had a very long trip ahead of me. But I was glad the train was so slow.
I knew this was gonna be the prettiest part of the journey on the California Zephyr, but still, I wasn’t ready for this! Hahaha
I woke up the next day in bright and sunny Nevada and, well, the landscape was a lot more different than Colorado and Utah !!
But at least the sun was shining bright, and I was getting closer to my final destination, which was good. To be honest, I was just super excited about reaching California.
From then the journey kept getting brighter and more yellow. California is one of the very few places where I could see myself live in, honestly. But then again I have so much more to see hahaha. So this part of the California Zephyr journey is definitely a must see !
As if the trip wasn’t beautiful enough, we ended up getting to Emeryville 30 minutes earlier than expected!! People actually cheered when we got off the train. Because we left Denver with a three hours delay. Which is not even that much for trains over there, I guess everyone was surprised to see the train so early.
Anyone who’s ever been on an Amtrak train will probably agree. You’ll never get there on time! Well, I am proud to say I was once on an Amtrak train that arrived EARLIER.
Welcome to California, girl !!
Where to board the California Zephyr :
Stops at all main cities
- Salt Lake City
Plus a bunch of smaller towns on the way. Check out amtrak.com 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