The California Zephyr is an Amtrak service running between Chicago and San Francisco. The route covers a total distance of 3,924km, and passes through seven states on its journey. It is well known for being one of the most scenic long distance routes operated by Amtrak. The two day journey is best enjoyed in a roomette or bedroom, but for budget-conscious travellers, a reclining seat can be just as comfortable.
Chicago is the third largest city in the US (in terms of population), and the largest in the state of Illinois. The city is an international destination for the financial and telecommunications industries.
Public transport within the city is managed by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), covering the buses and elevated metro system, as well as a commuter rail network.
The city is a served by Greyhound Lines coach services to other American destinations, and it is the hub for Megabus' midwest operations. Amtrak operates long-distance train services from the city's Union Station, with routes to the east and west coasts.