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Rail Travel in and Around California by Wizzle - San Diego Station
San Diegan Maps and Links

Amtrak's official San Diegan homepage has an excellent route map  with descriptions of and maps for every station along the route. The links here will provide additional information so that you can plan an outing to one or more of the cities along the route.  More information will be added periodically as I travel along this route or find interesting websites, so check back.

San Diegan Travelogues
Traveler Link Comments
Steve Grande  Great travelogues with detailed information about the trains and their equipment plus hints for a satisfying trip
Steve Reynolds Steve is a railfan who lives right on the San Diegan route in Santa Barbara and has lots of good trips to share
Wizzle LA to San Diego 7/24/98 My first ever train trip - includes photos and general impressions about getting out of "the car" and onto the train

Stop by Stop Information (North to south along the route with Coast Starlight stops in bold)
Stop Links Comments/Recommendations
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Paso Robles has a wonderful wine region.  See SLO links, below,  for public transportation in the area.
Atascadero Check back for links TBD
San Luis Obispo SLO City Information SLO is a college town (hosting Cal Poly) and is the southern gateway to the fabulous sights along California's scenic Highway 1. There is a mission and lots to do in SLO proper.  The stretch of Highway 1 between SLO and Monterey is by far its most scenic portion so renting a car at SLO for the drive up could be the start of a great trip. Along the way stop at Hearst Castle, the artist community of Cambria and Santa Cruz, which boasts a few redwoods, a steam excursion train and one of the campuses of the University of California (great courses in basket weaving and hemp utilization, I understand). Wizzle and the Prince both went (or are going) to UCLA.....a "real" UC campus. Amtrak runs buses from Monterey back to the give this some serious consideration as a vacation.......train up from LA to a car and drop it off in Monterey (which is a great place) then hop on an Amtrak bus back to the train and return to LA. I'd allow at least 5 days for the coast portion.......1 day for Hearst Castle, 1 day for Cambria, 1 for Santa Cruz and 2 for Monterey/Carmel.   If you want to ride the steam train in Santa Cruz consider adding an extra day. 
SLO Vicinity Public Transport Maps and general information about buses and shuttles in SLO and area.....even has links to taxi service.  Very nice website.
SLO Net County website
SLO County Guide By the Visitor's and Conference Bureau
Grover Beach City Information Amtrak station is at Grand and Highway 1 close to downtown
Welcome to Grover Beach By Chamber of Commerce
Guadalupe TBD New station.
Surf None Small stop
Goleta TBD The stop for UC Santa Barbara soon to open.
Santa Barbara Visitor's Bureau SB is a lovely town with what has to be the best climate in California.  Strict zoning laws keep the city to a Spanish motif and banish garish signs.  It's an easy walk to the beach and restaurants from the Amtrak station. Check back for photos and a travelogue. 
SB Metropolitan Transit Very thorough with lots of information to get around SB to Goleta
SB Guide Commercial website
Carpentaria Check back for links Beach with camping faclities. 
Ventura Check back for links Amtrak's station is close to the fairgrounds and the marina.  Check back for more info and photos when I get a chance to get up there.
Oxnard City Guide A trip up to Oxnard is the closest way for those living in LA to get to "the country." Oxnard has a wonderful Strawberry Festival in the spring and a great marina.  I'm planning a train trip to explore how to get from the Amtrak station to the marina.  Check back
City and Harbor Guide By the Tourism Bureau
Camarillo City of Camarillo Nice little city with a fabulous deli for smoked salmon (according to my cousin).  I'll have to get more info but I've eaten the salmon and he is right.
Moorpark City of Moorpark The usual "ho hum" city website but it does have a link for bus information
Simi Valley Nice commercial website
Chatsworth Yahoo - Chatsworth At the west end of the San Fernando Valley where it's hot and without redeeming features
Van Nuys Yahoo - Van Nuys Van Nuys is the central stop for the San Fernando Valley - a ho hum place at best (I grew up nearby)
Burbank Airport Excellent website by the city with more than just the usual political nonsense - has lots of good tourist info
Glendale City of Glendale Another good city website - and Glendale is a nice town with a really fabulous shopping mall, the Glendale Galleria.  The area around the Galleria has many nice restaurants and galleries  Amtrak's station there is currently under rennovation but is open, if unstaffed.
Los Angeles Union Station Wizzlog Photos and detailed station information plus maps of the area and local transportation information
Commerce None Very boring place
Fullerton Commercial website - so so........Steve Grande's information is lots better. Amtrak shuttles to Disneyland available - call Amtrak.
Anaheim The train stop is right across the parking lot from Padres' stadium and Amtrak runs shuttle buses to Disney land from here (call Amtrak). Nice station, too. 
Disneyland The official site
Knott's Berry Farm The official site
Santa Ana Yahoo - Santa Ana Limp
Irvine Yahoo - Irvine Limp
San Juan Capistrano Good commercail website
San Clemente Good commercial website
Oceanside Commercial website 
Solana Beach Yahoo- Solana Beach The Solana Beach stop has a free shuttle to the track during the racing season at Del Mar
San Diego Wizzlog Photos and detailed station information plus maps to nearby hotels and attractions and links for local transportation

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Updated: Saturday, August 15, 1998