Would you like something truly different and unique to do over a weekend? How about travelling back in time to ride a 1950 Pullman Sleeper from Los Angeles to San Diego, then using your historic Pullman room as your hotel for the weekend? It will be parked right in front of the San Diego Amtrak station, in the heart of downtown, close to everything.
You will start your adventure at historic Union Station boarding the Pacific Sands at 8 am on Saturday morning. (You may also start your journey from Fullerton, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine or San Juan Capistrano.) You won’t wait in any lines – as a private car passenger you come straight to the platform and meet your friendly porter for the weekend. We will help you get settled into your room, and as we get underway you will be served complimentary coffee, orange juice, Mimosas and a selection of pastries.
From your comfortable private room you will fly by the “industrial underbelly” of Los Angeles, then through Orange County, past Disneyland, the Angels Stadium, and hundreds of interesting backyards. Past San Juan Capistrano, we turn on to the beach, where you may want to visit the open vestibule to wave at the beach crowd at the San Clemente pier. We will pass miles of oceanfront past San Onofre, then Oceanside. After Solona Beach, we will pass the Del Mar fairgrounds then start up the hill through scenic Sorrento Valley. We will pull into San Diego about 11:20 am, just in time for lunch and a start to your weekend adventure. You will have access to your room during your stay – you may come and go as you please.
Here are some great things to do while in San Diego:
- USS Midway Museum (2 blocks away)
- San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park (short bus ride)
- Balboa Park museums – Air and Space, Natural History, Museum of Art, Automotive Museum, Fleet Science Center, Museum of Man
- San Diego Model Railroad Museum, also in Balboa Park
- Old Town San Diego
- Qualcomm Stadium and Petco Park, when games are in town
- Boat rides to Coronado
- Sea World
There is also a fantastic transportation system to get you almost anywhere without renting a car. A bus and trolley day pass is $5 or $9 for the weekend.
There are many excellent restaurants just a short walk from the station. :
- Little Italy has dozens of fine Italian and other restaurants. Try Filippi’s Pizza Grotto but expect lines at peak hours.
- The Gaslamp District includes a wide variety of restaurants and nightclubs
- The Fish Market Restaurant is three blocks away next to the Midway
- Karl Strauss Restaurant and Brewery is two blocks away.
- Roy’s San Diego Waterfront and several others in the Seaport Village area
- Old Town is a short trolley ride and has over 20 additional choices.
When you get back, your bed will be turned down for you, ready for a good night's sleep aboard a vintage Pullman car—a truly unique experience!
Wake up the next morning ready to go! Enjoy breakfast at Richard Walker's Pancake House or Harbor Breakfast in Little Italy, then enjoy another full day in San Diego – Sea World, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, or shop downtown or at nearby Horton Plaza or Seaport Village.
Around 5:30 pm the Amtrak Surfliner will show up and couple into the Pacific Sands as we prepare for the return trip. Please be back in plenty of time for our departure at 6:45 PM. NOTE: San Diego trips during the Del Mar race season (July-Labor Day) must return to LA on the 3 pm train due to Amtrak requirements. With our vestibule now facing rearward, you can enjoy a view of the tracks and evening scenery on the way back. We will also serve a dessert or snack for your trip back.
Authentic 1950s accommodations aboard Pacific Sands:
The Pacific Sands features traditional single person "roomettes" and two person "double bedrooms". All rooms have toilet/sink facilities, fans, and a small closet. Couples have the choice of a double bedroom, (Upper and Lower berth – climbing a ladder is required for the Upper berth) or in individual "right across the aisle" roomettes. Two Double Bedrooms may also be joined together to form a suite for more space or a family of four. The car is equipped with a shared shower and all towels and linens are provided, like a hotel. We provide complimentary soft drinks. You may bring your own adult beverages if desired.
$225 per person - roomette, double bedroom or suite
Have your own group? Book the entire car for your private party (up to 20 people) for $4,200. Call for details and available weekends.
Cancellation policy: More than 30 days from the trip, 100% refundable or changable. Within 30 days it is not refundable or changable, unless we have another passenger to occupy your space. If so, you will be refunded 100% or the amount the seat was sold, whichever is less.
Call 877-4-LA-Rail (877-452-7245)
for schedule information and reservations.