Have you ever took a ride on a train? I don't mean a city train or a freight train, I mean a passenger train that'll take you from one cool place to another all while providing maximum comfort, snacks, beverages and peace of mind...
If not, you should definitely give it a try. When I lived in California one of my favorite things to do was catch the Amtrak train from Los Angeles to San Diego. It's approximately a 2.5 hour ride that offers an inexpensive, leisurely, traffic free way to get between the two cities. I've always enjoy catching the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner from the downtown LA Union Station into Old Town or downtown San Diego.
Train travel gives you the opportunity to relax, take in the sights and just enjoy the ride. With amenities such as free wife, snack boxes, juice, water (and wine on afternoon trains) Amtrak definitely provides a great way to get from point A to point B if you have some time to kill.
With about 25 stops between LA Union Station and downtown San Diego- you can definitely see and learn a lot about the coastal cities. Enjoy miles upon miles of views of the Pacific Ocean along with city views from several different in between cities. Plug up your devices and watch a movie while you ride or get a window seat and capture all the spectacular landscape. Hop on or off at different destinations of your choosing and make it a day trip without spending a fortune.
My most recent trip from Santa Ana to Old Town San Diego was amazing as always. I had a business class seat on the double decker train and I always sit at the top. This allows for the best views of the ocean in my opinion. I can never get bored of taking the train!
Once I arrive at my destination I usually hop off the train and walk around the city. Old Town offers some of the best Mexican food across the border and that's saying a lot coming from LA. Old Town is California's oldest city first established in 1769 and is also considered as the birthplace of California. If you're looking for something to do while visiting San Diego, be sure to check out Old Town. It's full of history and culture and offers lots of outdoor shopping and places to eat. The best thing about taking the train there besides avoiding the traffic, is that you're let out right in front of Old Town State Park.
With plenty of things to see including retail stores, restaurants and a museum- Old Town makes the perfect "daycation" for solo, family and group travelers.
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