Posted 28 December 2017 - 01:01 PM
If you want an all rail routing from and to San Fransisco one can also take Amtrak to San Jose Dirndon station and the CalTrain on to San Fransisco.
The other fun routing you could do.
Leg 1:WAS-CHI on train 51 the Cardinal.
Leg 2: CHI-DEN on train 5 the California Zephyr
Leg 3: DEN-Bay area on train 5 the California Zephyr
Leg 4: Bay Area-LAX on train 11 the Coast Starlight
Leg 5: LAX-SAS on train 2 the Sunset Limited
Leg 6: SAS-NOL on train 2 the sunset limited.
Leg 7: NOL-WAS on train 20 the Crescent.
That would give you a great variety of scenery giving you the best of the mid Atlantic/Appalachian, heartland, Rockies, California, southwest, and Deep South.
Even though I would recommend that you go to the Portland/Seattle area as I find that area the most scenic in the country. In that regard sub leg 2 and either take the Seattle section or Portland section of the builder. Then leg 3 the Starlight to the Bay Area.
You really can't go wrong with either train the Seattle section goes over Stevens Pass and winds its way down to the Puget sound. And the Portland section glides along the Columbia River Gorge.
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Amtrak Routes I've riden: Silver Star(NYP-ORL), Silver Meteor(KIS-NYP),Carolinian(CLT-NWK), Palmetto (FLO-NYP), Acela(WAS-NYP), NE Regional(WBG-RVR), Pacific Surfliner(SAN-OSD), Piedmont(CLT-SAL), Crescent(NYP-CLT), Cardinal (WAS-CHI), Capitol Limited (CHI-WAS), Cascade (PDX-SEA)
Steam Engines I've worked behind: Norfolk & Western No. 611; Nickel Plate Road No. 765; Southern Pacific No. 4449