Tour #15A: Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner to San Diego and USS Midway Museum

Sunday, August 22, 8:30 AM – 7:40 PM Tour Price: $115

A train ride on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner down the magnificent California Coast to San Diego. You will depart the train at the Santa Fe Depot and board a shuttle bus to/from The San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park. There are other destination options that include the SD Balboa Park Museums: San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Spanish Village Art Center, S.D. Natural History Museum, SD Museum of Man, SD Museum of Art, Botanical Building, SD Zoo, Balboa Park Miniature RR, Alcazar Garden, SD Automotive Museum, SD Air & Space Museum, SD American Indian Cultural Center, Fleet Science Center, Japanese Friendship Garden or the Comic-Con Museum. Tour attendees may alternatively choose to visit the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum and memorial.

The Pacific Surfliner is a 350-mile (560 km) passenger train service serving the communities on the coast of Southern California between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. Many portions of this route actually hug the Pacific Ocean and afford riders fantastic views from the cliffs and beaches that the line traverses. The beauty of the panorama presented is realized the most at sunset. The Pacific Surfliner operates thirteen daily round trips between Los Angeles and San Diego.

The route is the successor of the San Diegan, a Los Angeles-San Diego service that began operations in 1938 by the Santa Fe Railway. It had been one of the Santa Fe’s premier routes until Amtrak took over operations in 1971. To better reflect the route’s extent, it was renamed the Pacific Surfliner in 2000. The route is named after the Surf Line, which now comprises the route’s busiest section from Los Angeles to San Diego. The Pacific Surfliner uses push-pull trainsets with a diesel locomotive at one end and a cab car at the other. A typical six-car set has a business class car, three coach cars, a coach/café car with food sales on the lower level, and a coach/baggage/cab car equipped with coach seating, a checked baggage space on the lower level, and engineer’s operating cab.

Tour attendees will board the Pacific Surfliner at the Hollywood Burbank Airport Train Station located directly across the street from the Marriott Hotel. They will disembark the train at San Diego’s Santa Fe Depot. Travel time on the Pacific Surfliner is anticipated to take four hours and 15 minutes each way.

Once you arrive in San Diego you will walk to the USS Midway Museum. This is a historical naval aircraft carrier museum located in downtown San Diego, at Navy Pier. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. The ship houses an extensive collection of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California.

There are numerous activities and exhibits aboard the USS Midway.

Burbank Airport TrainStation

Santa Fe Depot

Amtrak arriving in San Diego

USS Midway Museum

Visit the USS Midway Museum's website

One-way Driving time: 15 minutes

Tour includes: Round-trip motorcoach transportation, professional tour guide, water and snacks.

Special Wear: None

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