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Looking for a scenic escape? This West Coast train ride might be just the ticket

Take a tour of Sacramento’s renovated downtown train depot

City officials hosted a grand re-opening ceremony and public tours at the downtown train depot on February 23, 2017, showing off the results of a two-year, $36 million renovation project at the 4th and I Street Amtrak and Capitol Corridor train st
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City officials hosted a grand re-opening ceremony and public tours at the downtown train depot on February 23, 2017, showing off the results of a two-year, $36 million renovation project at the 4th and I Street Amtrak and Capitol Corridor train st

Do you have a day and a half open and want to embark on a beautiful ride? Hop aboard the Coast Starlight route offered by Amtrak.

The 35-hour, 1,377-mile ride between Seattle and Los Angeles stops in about 30 locations, including Sacramento. Riders who take the full trip will see all sorts of sights, including the Pacific Ocean, forests, mountains and more.

And it starts at just $97, according to House Beautiful.

Amtrak’s website says the trip is “widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes.” Tickets are available in several areas of the train, including the sleeping and dining cars, business class and the Sightseer Lounge, which has large, swiveling chairs and huge windows to enjoy the view.

“My jaw dropped as the landscape outside changed from green valleys to rolling mountains and hills, to lush forests, cows on fields and snow-covered trees, to little neighborhoods and beautiful shorelines,” Pam Pastor wrote on Inquirer.net. “It truly was a sight to behold.”

Rides on the route are offered daily.

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