Our second journey on the Coast
Starlight begins in the vibrant city of San Francisco after breakfast. The
route south takes us through San Jose, the first state capital of
California, where we enter the Santa Clara Valley. The train
carries us along the valley to Gilroy, the 'garlic capital of the
world' and after crossing the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountain Range
at Pajaro Gap, we reach Castroville, the 'artichoke capital of the
From Salinas the Coast Starlight takes us
through the impressive Diablo Mountain Range and past the
18th century mission towns of the Salinas Valley.
At Paso Robles we enter cattle ranch country and cross the Cuesta
Pass before descending over 1,000 feet in 11 miles to the Stenner
Creek Trestle and the city of San Luis Obispo.
From San Luis Obispo we head towards the coast and travel
alongside the famous Pismo Beach, enjoying the superb ocean views.
As we near our destination we cross the Vandenberg Air Force Base
and then the high trestle over Jalam Beach Park. We pass the Point
Conception Lighthouse as we continue southwards along this scenic
stretch of coastline to the popular resort of Santa Barbara, where we arrive in the