I highly recommend that everyone ride the Amtrak at least once in their lives, beginning with the Pacific Surfliner, for an intimate coastal tour of Southern California’s alluring seascape. The San Joaquin takes you to through the heart of Central Valley, where all the sheep and happy cows thrive.
This is just a tiny fraction of the natural and manmade beauty that the Golden State has to offer. In less than 8 hours, traveling north from San Diego takes you by the sea, through cities and towns, both young & urbanized, and old & gentrified, through emerald green mountains and quilted farmland, through overcast, rain, fog and sunshine. A little further would have taken you to Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park & Yosemite, every nature lover’s dream. Can’t forget about the desert ecosystems of the East, Death Valley and the snow-capped playgrounds of the Sierra Nevadas, San Bernardino, and San Gabriel mountains.
These snapshots were taken with my camera held against the window, and this photoset is not enough to do my state justice. On another note, I plan to take the Coast Starlight to Seattle one of these days. I love you, CA.