trainBay seniors who cringe at the thought of being slammed by traffic on 80 getting to Tahoe do have an alternative. Amtrak’s California Zephyr leaves Oakland’s Jack London Station and after a stop in Sacramento arrives in Truckee 5 hours later (more or less). Granted it is not that much faster than the freeway but the stress level is considerably lower. You ride ( try to get a seat in the lounge car) in comfort along the Bay and through the Sierras where you can look at the peaks not the pavement (best views are on the left side of the train). There are snacks but not many more amenities. Don’t be surprised by unscheduled stops.Two unreserved coach seats are $90.65 one way. Wi-fi available.

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