Empire Builder vs California Zephyr

Empire Builder in the Rocky Mountains

The Empire Builder and the California Zephyr are two of Amtrak's most popular routes. Both travel in the western half of the United States through the Rocky Mountains. The main difference is that the Empire Builder offers additional views of forests and rivers in the Pacific Northwest while the California Zephyr has more mountain views … Continue reading Empire Builder vs California Zephyr

Coast Starlight vs Pacific Surfliner

Pacific Surfliner in Del Mar, California

The Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner are California's two coastal Amtrak routes. Both provide stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and stop in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. But that's where the similarities end. The Pacific Surfliner route is much shorter than the Coast Starlight and can be used to commute between cities in Southern … Continue reading Coast Starlight vs Pacific Surfliner

Southwest Chief vs California Zephyr

Southwest Chief in Laguna, New Mexico

The Southwest Chief and California Zephyr are two of Amtrak's long-distance routes. Both travel between Chicago and California, but the scenery is very different. The Southwest Chief has more desert landscapes and the California Zephyr has more mountain views. Additionally, the Southwest Chief is a shorter route and starts/ends in Los Angeles while the California … Continue reading Southwest Chief vs California Zephyr