A November 2002 trip
to Grand Junction by Steve4031
Quote: A Chicago area rail fan takes advantage of Amtrak sale fares to travel one of North America's most scenic train routes.
Upgrading onboard requires work. Some conductors are reluctant to complete the paperwork on board. Polite persistance is best, but the conductor has final say on upgrades.
Hotel | "Adams Mark Hotel"
The hotel room was standard sized, clean, and in good repair. The bed was comfortable.
The real strengh of this hotel was the friendly staff in the sports bar restaurant, and the complimentary shuttle service. This is easily the best hotel in Grand Junction, and the prices are great.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2003
Adam's Mark Grand Junction
743 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
On Friday, November 8, I left school at 12pm, and walked over to the El station with my roll-aboard luggage. By 1pm, I was in the waiting room of Chicago''s Union Station.
Amtrak''s California Zephyr departed on time at 2:15pm. After a lengthy process, I completed an on-board upgrade to a sleeping car. Upgrading on board saved me approximately $80. I had an economy bedroom which comfortably accomodated one, but is somewhat uncomfortable for two people unless they really like each other! Additional benefits to traveling in the sleeper: meals are included, and it is possible to use an on-board shower, which is located on the lower level of the car.
After dinner, I returned to my room just as the Zephyr eased across the Mississippi River into Iowa. An hour later,
I had the bed down, and was fast asleep.
After breakfast, the train arrived ontime into Denver, Colorado. The sunny, 60 degree day made a trainside walk down the platform very enjoyable. 30 minutes later, we departed Denver for the trip over the Rockies.
30 minutes later, the Zephyr rounded a double horseshoe curve. Minutes later, passengers were treated to panoramas of the great plains. The skyscrapers of Denver glimmered in the sunlight.
The Zephyr continues its assault on the Rockies, rounding curves, plunging through tunnels, and exposing its passengers to a variety of views of cliffs, mountains, and panoramic vistas of plains or lakes. Suddenly, the skies darkened, and snow begin to fall. At Winter Park, the first stop from Denver, passengers joined in a spontaneous snowball fight.