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San Joaquins


Oakland/Sacramento - Fresno - Bakersfield (Los Angeles)

The San Joaquins service by Amtrak connects the major cities of California's Central Valley, including Oakland, Sacramento, and Bakersfield. Experience the diverse landscapes of California, from the bustling urban centers to the scenic farmlands.

Relax in comfortable seating, stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi, and enjoy amenities such as power outlets. With multiple daily departures and convenient schedules, the San Joaquins service provides a reliable and convenient transportation option for both residents and visitors exploring the vibrant Central Valley.

6 hours

Trip Time

315 mi (507 km)

Trip Length

Multiple Daily


Route Highlights

Oakland, California: Beginning in Oakland's Jack London Square, travelers can witness a mix of modern urban life and maritime heritage. The famous Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon, where Jack London himself was a patron, offers a touch of literary history. Views of the Port of Oakland cranes and nearby San Francisco skyline make this a picturesque starting point.

Martinez, California: As the train heads east, it stops in the charming town of Martinez. Known for the John Muir National Historic Site, dedicated to the famous naturalist, the area offers beautiful views of the Carquinez Strait and a glance into California's conservation legacy.

Antioch and Delta Waterways: Rolling further into the East Bay, the train offers passengers stunning views of the Delta waterways around Antioch. These intricate channels, teeming with wildlife, reflect the rich biodiversity of the region. Migratory birds, marshlands, and local fishing boats make this section a visual treat.

Sacramento, California: (One train per day in each direction connects Sacramento-Bakersfield) As the capital city of California, Sacramento offers a rich blend of history, politics, and culture. The majestic State Capitol building houses a museum and the state's working legislative chambers, while the nearby Old Sacramento district provides a journey back to the Gold Rush era with its cobblestone streets and wooden boardwalks. For nature lovers, the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers offers beautiful parklands and opportunities for river exploration.

Lodi, California: Nestled in the heart of wine country, Lodi is synonymous with viticulture. Home to over 85 wineries, a stop here can be a delightful indulgence for wine enthusiasts. The historic downtown area, with its boutique shops and gourmet restaurants, adds charm to the visit. From the train, passengers can enjoy picturesque views of the vineyards that have made this region famous for its Zinfandel varietal.

Stockton, California: This hub of California's Central Valley showcases the state's agricultural heartland. Travelers can see orchards and farms that stretch out to the horizon, and Stockton's waterfront provides a scenic urban contrast with its marina, promenades, and dining spots.

Modesto, California: Home to the Gallo Family Winery, Modesto offers insights into California's viticulture. From the train, passengers can glimpse the lush vineyards, while a stop at the city provides a chance to explore its local arts scene, including the State Theatre and the McHenry Museum.

Merced, California: Known as the Gateway to Yosemite, Merced reveals the beginnings of California's breathtaking natural landscapes. Passengers may choose to explore the Merced National Wildlife Refuge, where the fall and winter bring thousands of migrating birds.

Madera, California: As the train traverses through Madera, the agricultural landscapes continue to unfold. The city offers access to the Madera Wine Trail, and the nearby Sierra Vista Scenic Byway starts to hint at the majestic Sierra Nevada that lies further east.

Fresno, California: The urban oasis in the heart of California's farmland, Fresno, has the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada. The city itself is rich with cultural landmarks like the Tower Theatre, and the nearby forests offer a preview of California's treasured national parks.

Hanford, California: This stop in the Kings County region offers a blend of history and agriculture. The historic downtown, with its well-preserved buildings, offers a glimpse into the early 20th-century life, while the surrounding dairy farms represent the area's agricultural heritage.

Allensworth, California: A unique historical landmark, Allensworth is the site of California's first and only town founded, financed, and governed by African Americans. Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park offers an insightful view into African American history and heritage. The preserved buildings and interpretive displays tell a compelling story of self-determination and community, making it an inspiring stop on the San Joaquins route. Oe per year the San Joaquin route makes a special stop at Allensworth to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday.

Wasco, California: Nearing the end of the journey, Wasco presents views of the extensive rose fields, a major contributor to the nation's rose stock. The vibrant colors and delicate blooms, often seen in the distance from the train, add a romantic touch to the journey.

Bakersfield, California: The southern terminus of the San Joaquins, Bakersfield, is a hub of country music and oil fields. The Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, an iconic spot for live music, is a must-visit. Bakersfield's blend of industry, agriculture, and entertainment marks a fitting end to a journey that has encapsulated California's diverse landscapes and cultures.


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