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Thursday, 10 September 2015 18:41

Five Reasons to Travel to Sacramento by Train

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CapitalCorridor passengers Picmonkeyby Matthew Guillory

What if your trip to Sacramento was part of the fun? The Capitol Corridor is an excellent and convenient way to travel to Sacramento from the Bay Area and the Central Valley. Whether you are planning a trip for a large group or a small family gathering, there are several reasons you should consider using Amtrak and the Capitol Corridor when planning your next trip to Sacramento.

1. Convenience. The Capitol Corridor provides direct train service to 16 stations along a 170-mile rail corridor between the Sierra Foothills, Sacramento, the Bay Area and Silicon Valley/San Jose. Dedicated bus routes extend the service to various communities in Northern California. If you live in Northern California and want to visit great Sacramento attractions, chances are you live conveniently close to one of these stations.

2. Location. The Sacramento Amtrak station is located in downtown Sacramento, walking distance from several Sacramento museums, hotels, attractions, shopping and restaurants. Old Sacramento and the famous California State Railroad Museum are only a few blocks away from the station. The train will drop you off in the heart of Sacramento – get off the train and start enjoying your vacation immediately.

amtrak capitol corridor w640 Picmonkey3. Options. There are several different ticket options tailored to your needs. Discounts and promotions are often available for seniors, children, disabled persons and members of select organizations. Amtrak also routinely offers specials to all of their riders, depending on the season. Group travelers and frequent business travelers can also be eligible for special rates and discounts.

4. Stay Connected. Did you know that Amtrak now offers free WiFi to passengers? You don’t have to miss a thing when you travel. You can plug your electronic devices into one of several surge-protected outlets located throughout the cabins, connect to the free WiFi and conduct your business without any interruptions or expensive fees.

5. Bring Your Own Connection. Based on availability, you can bring your bicycle with you when traveling the Capitol Corridor. The Sacramento area has world-class biking trails, including the American River Parkway, available for all cycling enthusiasts. Sacramento is also a bike-friendly city with an abundance of bicycle racks for storage and bicycle lanes for travel. Bring your bicycle, and enjoy all the fun things to do in Sacramento at your own pace.

Editor’s note:  Author Matthew Guillory is obviously a fan of the Capitol Corridor. While he isn’t wrong in suggesting that many people living in Northern California will find stations offering convenient departures for Sacramento, Taste California Travel would like to point out that it’s also a great way for visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area to get to the California’s capital city (we echo a Southern Pacific slogan of years ago, “Next time take the train and leave the driving to us.”)

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