Enjoy the comforting choo-choo, which offers free wifi and sells alcohol. Although you’ll only get views of the coastline in OC if you pass through San Clemente (and you definitely should on the way to San Diego), the Pacific Surfliner is still a gorgeous ride through Southern California—the industrial buildings of OC and southeast Los Angeles County, the majesty of Los Angeles’ Union Station, the chaparral of the San Fernando Valley, fields of Ventura County . . . and finally, Ventura, SoCal’s best-kept staycation secret.