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The best AMTRAK mountain scenery is between Denver and San Francisco. (The train stops at Oakland. If you buy a ticket to San Francisco, there is a connecting bus from Oakland. If your ticket says Oakland, you will have to find your own way to San Francisco.)
In Canada, you should take the 3 day trip between Toronto and Vancouver. You must have Sleeping Accomodations to use the Dining Car in Summer. (Meals are included in your fare with a choice of 3 entrees, and the waiters don't expect tips.) There are 3 or 4 Dome cars on the train, 2 Diners, and a Snack car for the Coach passengers. I think the train was at least 20 cars long. (Don' t exchange your money at the Toronto Airport. It will cost you more than elsewhere.) In Northern Ontario, there are non-stop lakes, few roads, and no Cellphone signal.
I stopped off in Edmonton, so I traveled West to East, so that I could get off and on at Suppertime. East to West, I would have to get off and on at Breakfast time. Edmonton has the largest shopping mall in North America, with a Casino, and Ice-Skating Rink. It is accessible by City Bus.
The Amtrak train from Chicago to the San Francisco area does not go to Oakland. It goes to Emeryville where you can take the bus to four different places in SF. If you want to go to Oakland, there is a bus from Emeryville to Oakland, also.
The Canadian, from Toronto to Vancouver is now scheduled for four nights on the train spanning into 5 days. You can eat in the dining car if you are in coach as the coach passengers have their own dining car (not as fancy as the sleeper passengers have) and they have to pay for their meals. Coach passengers even have their own dome car.