2 Days Monterey by Rail and Wheels
Los Angeles to San Francisco
Trip includes :
Amtrak train tickets from Anaheim or Los Angeles, one night of hotel stay, tour of Monterey Peninsula, fee for 17 Mile Drive, and transportation to San Francisco.
Day 1: Anaheim/Los Angeles to Salinas to Monterey - 375 miles
You depart on an Amtrak train either from Anaheim at 8:07 AM or Union Station in Los Angeles at 10:15 AM. Riding through the suburbs of Los Angeles, we see Simi Valley and Fillmore, orange groves and green houses, reaching the Pacific coast at Oxnard. As the train hugs the shores, we see the most magnificent vistas. West through Santa Barbara and then turning north at Goleta, we pass by Vandenberg Space Station on the way to Pismo Beach. Fields of strawberries and miles of new vines are all around us as we ride north to San Luis Obispo. Soon the train chugs up Cuesta Grade and then drops down going to the horse ranches and pasture lands of Paso Robles. At Camp Roberts, we enter Monterey County and run alongside the Salinas River. Oil fields give way to the Valley, one of the richest agricultural areas in California. Riding through one of the largest vineyards, we come upon miles of broccoli, lettuce, flowers, and berries. The train lets us off in Salinas, where John Steinbeck chronicled the transformation of Monterey County from the days of the depression to the wealthier times. The Amtrak bus takes us past Laguna Seca to the ocean at Monterey Bay, where Golf courses, mansions, and scenic drives take over. You should arrive at the Bay Park Hotel just after 7:15 PM.
Day 2. Monterey Peninsula Tour and then to San Francisco. - 154 miles.
Spend the morning enjoying this resort. At about 12:30 meet the
San Francisco Gray Line Tours motor coach for a tour of Monterey. Spend the rest of the day in Historic Monterey, Cannery Row, and Pacific Grove. See the Pacific crashing on to the rocks and swirling around on the17 Mile Drive, where the Lone Cypress stands guard. Brush with luxury at the golf courses and resorts of Pebble Beach. You have some time in Carmel by the Sea for shopping and browsing. Around 4:00 PM, we go east through Fort Ord and Castroville to Highway 101, turning north along the San Andreas Fault line through Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Soon the artichoke and strawberry fields, green houses, and pastures give way to the urban sprawl that emerges as we enter San Jose. The pace quickens and slows with the traffic as we drive through the Silicon Valley, past the San Francisco International Airport, and we arrive in San Francisco after 6:00 PM. The trip ends at your hotel.
THIS IS NOT A GROUP TOUR. It is an independent trip using local sightseeing companies and Amtrak trains. You will not be in a group and there is not a guide with you, except during the actual tour portions of the trip.
All bookings must be made at least 3 working days in advance, but it is best to book as early as possible. These bookings are normally confirmed within 2 to 5 business days, but confirmation may take longer if the departure date is several weeks or months away.
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