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The journey east on Amtrak's California Zephyr train is as good as the destination. Riding the rails from the San Francisco Bay area to Reno, Nev., offers beautiful views and a tangible sense of history on the route over the Sierra Nevada mountain range that helped bring America together after the Civil War. Marking 30 years of service this year, the Amtrak train leaves Emeryville, Calif., every morning. The Zephyr's ultimate destination, 51 hours later, is Chicago.