The California Zephyr connects Chicago in
Illinois with the city of Emeryville in California. The journey and
route is one of the most celebrated in North America. It climbs
high into the Rocky Mountains, twisting and turning through narrow
canyons and beneath towering mountain peaks, and follows the path
of the mighty Colorado River. The train travels through the remote
and breathtaking beauty of the western mountain wilderness,
climbing over the famous mile-high Donner Pass in the heart of the
Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Our section of the California Zephyr's route
runs between Chicago and Denver, passing through the city of Omaha
and crossing both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers en route.
After Denver, the California Zephyr continues to
San Francisco Bay, passing Salt Lake City, Reno and Sacramento on
its way to the Pacific Coast. In all, the California
Zephyr train connects seven US states - Illinois, Iowa,
Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California.