We miss riding the trains in Switzerland and Europe, but, actually, it is possible to ride trains in Southern California, too. Amtrak does not come through Claremont, but the Metrolink will deposit riders at LA’s Union Station for easy connections up and down the coast.
The Pacific Surfliner travels from San Diego to San Luis Obispo multiple times per day. Between San Juan Capistrano and Solana Beach, the west side of the train has lovely ocean views such as these.
Last week the national conference of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (a collection of music teachers) met in San Diego, giving me the perfect reason to treat myself to a train ride, saving me driving stress, gas, and parking fees.