The San Joaquin provides a great way to travel throughout California's Central Valley. The Valley is California's premier agricultural region, bordered on the west by the coastal mountain ranges, and on the east by California's magnificent Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Death Valley National Parks.
The San Joaquin runs multiple times daily between the San Francisco Bay Area (or Sacramento) and Bakersfield, where Amtrak Thruway buses connect you to great Southern California destinations. Other stops along the way include Stockton, Modesto, Merced, Martinez and Fresno. Easy Thruway bus connections to San Francisco are made at Emeryville.
It's a trip you won't soon forget: Catch the San Joaquin to Merced. There, board a luxury motorcoach for a scenic ride through Mariposa and El Portal, and then directly into Yosemite National Park. With spectacular waterfalls, giant sequoias, scenic overlooks and winding trails throughout 1,169 square miles of parkland, Yosemite National Park deserves its reputation as one of the crown jewels of the American national park system.
Ride the San Joaquin to Martinez and board the Thruway bus for a quick ride to the park's main gate. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is open seasonally. Please call (707) 644-4000 to check days and hours of operation.
Make the San Joaquin your connection to other destinations. At Bakersfield, you can connect to Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and more.