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#1 choochoogranny

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 12:01 PM

Spouse and myself want to take train trip from San Antonio to San Francisco, with following possible stops:

Los Angeles (2 days?)

San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles for wine tours

Oakland or S.F. Stations?

possible tour of Yosemite

return trip - S.F. to San Antonio.


Want a direct westward route to L.A. - S.F. with scenic stops along way

should we use a rail pass? (8 segment?)

what about sleeping cars for long haul?

will appreciate any advice or recommendations.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 02:57 PM

Spouse and myself want to take train trip from San Antonio to San Francisco, with following possible stops:

Los Angeles (2 days?)

San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles for wine tours

Oakland or S.F. Stations?

possible tour of Yosemite

return trip - S.F. to San Antonio.


Want a direct westward route to L.A. - S.F. with scenic stops along way

should we use a rail pass? (8 segment?)

what about sleeping cars for long haul?

will appreciate any advice or recommendations.

Thanks! Posted Image



I would recommend to consider sleeping cars at least for overnight portions of your trip. If you book well in advance they might be quite cheap and donĀ“t forget all meals are included in the sleeper fare. The sleeper fare is always for 2 person !

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 02:58 PM

FYI

I happened on this site if you want to avoid renting a car to get to Yosemite.

http://www.yarts.com/

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 03:56 PM

FYI

I happened on this site if you want to avoid renting a car to get to Yosemite.

http://www.yarts.com/



Great Site,
I'm planning a Yosemite trip also & some one on AU refered me to this site!!! I've done a bit of searching for hotels without car rental & am currently thinking the Cedar Lodge in El Portal may be the way to go! If you should know of something better, please let me know!!!
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 04:01 PM

Spouse and myself want to take train trip from San Antonio to San Francisco, with following possible stops:

Los Angeles (2 days?)
**San Diego or Santa Barbara might be Better!**

San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles for wine tours
** Why not go to Napa/Sonoma when you get to the Bay Area for your Vineyard/Winery Tours??**
Oakland or S.F. Stations?
**Emeryville is where you catch the AmBus across the Bay to SF**
possible tour of Yosemite
**see above posts**
return trip - S.F. to San Antonio.

** California Zephyr #6 to Galesburg/Van to Sprinfield,ILL/Texas Eagle#21 to San Antonio**
Want a direct westward route to L.A. - S.F. with scenic stops along way
** Coast Starlight#14 LA-Oakland orEmeryvilleor Martinez only way to go**
should we use a rail pass? (8 segment?)
Compare against Low Bucket Rail Fare if taking Sleepers(Worth it for this trip!!)**
what about sleeping cars for long haul?
**Definitely, see above**!!
will appreciate any advice or recommendations.
**Read the Trip Reports/Info on this sight/tons of good info here**
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 04:19 PM

thanks!

Edited by choochoogranny, 19 July 2011 - 04:23 PM.


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Posted 19 July 2011 - 04:21 PM

thank you all for the advice - thanks for your info, Jim.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 10:59 PM

I happened on this site if you want to avoid renting a car to get to Yosemite.

http://www.yarts.com/

Or you could just book on Amtrak via Merced.

If you want to go to Yosemite, you'll want to do it either on your way to San Francisco or way back to Los Angeles. Taking the train will require going through the Central Valley.

Personally, I would suggest taking the Coast Starlight north, and visit Yosemite on your way back.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 12:00 AM

Spouse and myself want to take train trip from San Antonio to San Francisco, with following possible stops:

Los Angeles (2 days?)

San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles for wine tours

Oakland or S.F. Stations?

possible tour of Yosemite

return trip - S.F. to San Antonio.


Want a direct westward route to L.A. - S.F. with scenic stops along way

should we use a rail pass? (8 segment?)

what about sleeping cars for long haul?

will appreciate any advice or recommendations.

Thanks! Posted Image


That's a lot of trains and connections. Looks like outbound San Antonio to St. Louis on the Texas Eagle; St. Louis-Kansas City on the Missouri River Runner, then Kansas City to LA on the Southwest Chief. Then, northbound to the Bay Area on the Coast Starlight (where you may make stops along the way). From the Bay Area you would take the California Zephyr to Galesburg, IL, then bus to Springfield, IL and catch the Texas Eagle to San Antonio. If I were you I would be looking at sleepers on the long stetches. I think I got the routing correct. :blink:

Should be some beautiful territory along the way.

I will let others speak to the utility of rail passes. I believe you can upgrade off of rail passes to sleepers, both in advance or on board. Advance makes more sense as sleepers can sell out.
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 12:19 AM

Re visiting Yosemite, I believe it is a false economy to stay outside the Yosemite Valley. Check out the National Parks website for accommodation within the valley, ranges from expensive to camping. You get the most from your dollar staying right there, the valley floor is flat and you can walk most places, or there are free electric buses (hop-on, hop-off). As the Lodge (our mid-range choice)was supposedly booked out when we wanted to visit a few years ago, I did a little sleuthing and found it had been block booked by a tour company. So we booked with them, it was just a bus ride from San Fran, however many nights we wanted, and the bus back to San Fran. There are also other tours leaving from the Valley to places not reachable without a car or on foot.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 08:13 AM

If you have a bunch of checked bags, this may not work, but perhaps you could consider Amtrak to San Jose then Caltrain to San Francisco.

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