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Coast Starlight

The Coast Starlight runs on the 1,390-mile (2,237km) route from Los Angeles to Seattle, taking its passengers along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, through lush, green valleys and impressive mountain ranges. On our USA Coast to Coast holiday we travel just a short section of this journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

LA to the Pacific Coast

Our journey begins in Los Angeles Union Station, which opened in 1939 and is a blend of Spanish and Art Deco architecture. Leaving the urban sprawl of Los Angeles behind us, we travel past the famous Forest Lawn Memorial Park, the final resting place of many of Hollywood's famous names including Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn and Walt Disney.

After passing through Glendale we reach the city of Burbank, home to many of the biggest film studios including Warner Brothers, Disney and Columbia. We continue through the San Fernando Valley towards the Santa Susanna Mountains and the Simi Hills, and travel along the narrow Simi Valley towards the Pacific Coast and the city of Oxnard. We finally reach the Pacific Coast at Ventura, at which point the Coast Starlight begins to head north, hugging the coastline and following the Pacific Coast Highway. We enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and the long stretches of golden, sandy beaches, as well as the islands of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa.

Santa Barbara to San Francisco

The train makes a stop in Santa Barbara before continuing along the coast, passing the Point Conception Lighthouse and crossing the high trestle over Jalam Beach Park, just before it crosses the Vandenberg Air Force Base. We travel alongside the famous Pismo Beach and then begin to head inland to San Luis Obispo. Shortly after leaving the city, we cross the Stenner Creek Trestle and begin to ascend 1,000 feet in 11 miles to the Cuesta Pass. We travel through cattle ranch country to Paso Robles and then onwards through the Salinas Valley, past 18th century mission towns and the Diablo Mountain Range to Salinas.

The final stage of our journey takes us through Castroville, the 'artichoke capital of the world', Gilroy, the 'garlic capital of the world' and the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountain Range. We make a stop in San Jose, the first state capital of California, before reaching our destination, the vibrant city of San Francisco.

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USA Coast to Coast - Departing London 2015USA Coast to Coast

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Experience a once-in-a-lifetime coast to coast rail journey across the most diverse country in the world! Your photo album will include many of America's highlights including the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Wild West, the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood Boulevard and the Golden Gate Bridge.

USA Coast to Coast - Departing Manchester 2015USA Coast to Coast

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Experience a once in a lifetime rail journey across the most diverse country in the world! Your photo album will include the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Wild West, the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood Boulevard and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Premium USA Coast to Coast 2015Premium USA Coast to Coast

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Experience the USA's wide-ranging attractions in style on this enhanced version of our successful USA Coast to Coast tour, staying in many unique hotels entangled with key moments in American history. Sample Waldorf Salad in the hotel where it was invented, take breakfast at the top of Chicago's Hancock Tower, and view the Grand Canyon by air.

Around the World in 53 Days 2015Around the World in 2015

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Beginning and ending in London, we travel just under 23,000 miles across the globe on this incredible worldwide adventure. Starting with the renowned 'Big Apple' on America's Atlantic coast, we traverse this vast country of sophisticated cities and majestic landscapes by rail to vibrant Los Angeles and scintillating San Francisco in the West. From here we cross the Pacific for an enthralling journey across northern Asia, drinking in its myriad of distinct cultures.

California's Parks & Pacific Coast 2015California's Parks & Pacific Coast

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From Seattle to Los Angeles, we discover America's west coast on this spectacular adventure by rail. We visit dramatic Yosemite National Park, marvel at California's golden coastline from the Coast Starlight, experience the bohemian cool of San Francisco, relax on Lake Tahoe and enjoy a taste of Hollywood in Los Angeles.

Christmas & New Year in the Golden West 2014Christmas & New Year in the Golden West

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Celebrate an unforgettable Christmas in the USA's glorious west. Beginning in spectacular Las Vegas, we discover some of America's most famous landmarks - including the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon and the legendary Route 66 - on this marvellous tour, which culminates with thrilling New Year in San Francisco.

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