We took the Amtrak Coast Starlight from San Jose to Los Angeles down the California Coast. I must admit I was a bit wary of a 12 hour train ride with the girls. But I have to tell you it turned out to be a highlight of the trip for me. The scenery from the train was quite enjoyable. We rumbled by farms where we guessed at the crops growing there and we counted dolphins and seals along the coast. We met interesting folks in the dining car. In general the forced relaxation of 12 hours away from almost everything was great for napping and reading.