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Looking for a new summer vacation experience this year? Amtrak California provides an affordable and convenient way for you and your family to reach many premier destinations throughout California. Instead of taking a road trip across the state in a cramped compact car, take Amtrak and experience the scenic route in a train fully equipped with spacious reclining seats and large picture windows. Amtrak California offers multiple train lines, such as the Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin routes, to take you to travel destinations all over the state.

Pacific Surfliner
If you would like to take a trip to the beach, then the Pacific Surfliner is the perfect route for you. The Pacific Surfliner stops at several stations in cities along the coast, and connects San Diego, Los Angeles, Oxnard, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

A direct train ride from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara starts as low as $25 one-way. Just take a train from the Los Angeles Union Station and you can arrive at Santa Barbara Station building.  Baggage service is provided, but only two carry on items are permitted per person.

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is the perfect summer getaway for a romantic vacation or a family trip.
Located near the coast and the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is the home of wine country, Spanish influenced culture, and a renowned culinary scene. 

The Amtrak station is located conveniently on State Street, where there are designer stores, an outdoor mall and a variety of restaurants and bars. There are also beach front hotels located at the corner of State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard.  

Things to do in Santa Barbara

  • Spend a day at one of Santa Barbara’s state beaches; there are more than 10 state beaches along the Santa Barbara Coastline
  • Experience wine tasting on the Santa Ynez Hills or in one of the local tasting rooms on State Street. 
  • Visit historical Mission Santa Barbara, El Presidio, and take the “Red Tile” Walking tour.
  • Go horseback riding with a guide and experience the picturesque view among the Santa Barbara Hills.

San Joaquin Route
With stops along the Central Valley, the San Joaquin route links central California cities such as Bakersfield, Stockton and Fresno with cities in the Bay Area, Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.

Looking for a fun weekend get away or just a day trip to a nearby town? A trip to the Capital city on the San Joaquin Route is a simple train ride away. Just take a train from one of the stations on the San Joaquin route, such as the Fresno train station, and arrive at the Sacramento Valley Train Station, which is located in downtown Sacramento. Baggage service is provided, but only two carry on items are permitted per person.

Sacramento offers something for everyone. Art enthusiasts can explore the fabulous galleries and art walks, night owls can enjoy plush L.A.-style lounges and wine bars, and to say cool during the summer heat, outdoor fanatics can kayak down the Sacramento and American Rivers.

Things to do in Sacramento

  • Tour the State Capitol building and learn about California’s government and political history.
  • Go back in time and learn about Sacramento’s history by visiting Old Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort and the California State Railroad Museum.
  • Check out Sacramento’s unique and tasty riverfront restaurants, including the Delta King Riverboat, and enjoy dinner alongside of the Sacramento River.
  • Enjoy Sacramento’s eclectic art scene and take a tour of the Crocker Art Museum and other various art galleries in downtown and midtown Sacramento.

Amtrak California wants to help you travel this summer, and leave the stress behind.  There are many vacation options available through the San Joaquin and the Pacific Surfliner routes. To learn more about routes and featured destinations visit Amtrak California’s Web site at, or to see a train schedule, plan a trip or purchase tickets, visit

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(Note: The contents of this page have been provided directly by Amtrak.)