Ride the California Zephyr with Amtrak. I would like to ride all of the Amtrak lines. I have n ever been to South Dakota, have never ridden the California Zephyr and have not seen Mount Rushmore. These are on my budket list.
Bob Jones and I rode the California Zephyr from Emeryville (11/19/13) to Denver (11/20/13). What a beautiful ride. Some of the best scenery I have seen through the Sierra Nevadas and following the Colorado River for 238 miles through several canyons.
We also rode from Denver (11/23/13) to Chicago (11/24/13) on the California Zephyr, which runs daily.
This is a must.
The Empire Builder route was my favorite until this trip. Now this is #1.