When I started planning for our October trip to Washington D.C. back in February, I decided to get a Condo outside of D.C. near the train system that takes you into the City. We have done that many times in Europe with great success. Example: walk five minutes to the train station, 30 miles in 35 minutes to Salzburg…outstanding!
After I rented the Condo, 1/2 the price of a nice hotel in the Capital, I was happy but, found out getting to the train station was not within our preferred walking distance as advertised, it is about 1.3 miles by bus or 30 minutes walking each way to the train station. Add to that, the Condo is nine miles outside of D.C. and it was a 55 minute ride each way…many stops. The evening and weekend train and bus schedules were also quite limited. Add to that, just read an article that ISIS recently posted that their next attack in the USA would be blowing up the train/subway systems in New York City and Washington, D.C. Oh S–t! Now what?
Called Costco Travel who usually has the best prices I have found anywhere for a rental car. What a joy. Eight days for a full size car, including all taxes etc. for $149.00 with unlimited mileage. Problem solved.
We will drive to a train station with free parking closer to D.C., hop a train into the D.C.. Drive to Annapolis, Maryland in 1 hour 40 minutes to tour the Naval Academy that was going take 3 1/2 hours each way by train. A trip to Mt. Vernon will take 32 minutes by car each way and 4 hours and 53 minutes by train each way. So many other things to see outside of Washington, D.C. that you must have a car to enjoy.
Learned a lesson. There isn’t a place in the United States that can match Europe in train transportation. Will keep that in mind planning our next trips.