Fruit Harvest Tour Offered by Amtrak

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California’s San Joaquin Valley grows nearly half of the nation’s fruits, vegetables and nuts. It is known as America’s Fruit Basket, and the farming communities within it celebrate that bounty with seasonal harvest festivals each year.

More than ever, this is an opportunity for senior travelers to show their grandkids how things grow while giving them a special chance to experience train travel in a relaxed and educational way. You can catch a ride on Amtrak’s California San Joaquin Line that connects the farming communities with airports in Sacramento and Fresno.

Here’s the festival schedule through June of next year:

  • Sept. 12-15 – Lodi Grape Festival
  • Nov. 2 – Madera Pomegranate Festival
  • April 2014 – Stockton Asparagus Festival
  • June 2014 – Kern County Nut Festival

According to Amtrak spokepersons, bus service is available from the train stations to the festivals, and bikes are recommended on some of the tours. For more information and to book your trip, visit

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