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#21 Bob Dylan

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:28 PM

The Capitol's route is very scenic also, IMO!


And generally the Crews are friendlier, and the Food is Better!YMMV

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 05:26 PM


The Capitol's route is very scenic also, IMO!




And what exactly is the scenery along the route to look for?

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:01 AM



The Capitol's route is very scenic also, IMO!




And what exactly is the scenery along the route to look for?


The Youghiogheny River valley, Allegheny Mountains, and Potomac River valley offer great sightseeing, especially in winter with no leaves on the trees blocking the view.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:35 AM

Whichever route is taken, I am sure it will be an interesting experience for you both.


Train seats are very comfortable, much more leg room compared to plane seats.  You can walk around, and see new things outside your window.


It will give your son a chance to see a little of America away from the highways, and a chance to travel the way America did in the old days.



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 06:53 PM

Thanks everyone for such a great set of ideas on what to do.  Chatting now with my son and making exciting plans for our trip.



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 10:18 PM

Let us know how it turns out. We all enjoy trying to help people, and feedback lets us know if our ideas are helpful. Lots of different people with different viewpoints, but that's why this is worthwhile. If someone wants a robotic response, they can always "ask Julie"

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 05:38 PM

The Cardinal is also a good option. It has spectacular scenery and goes via DC, so there is more flexibility for a stopover than with the Capitol. Taking the latter, the only logical stopover is D.C. (unless you want to change trains twice). With the Cardinal, you can take it non-stop or you have the option of stopping in any city between Alexandria and NY, as those offer transfers to the Regional.

It also bears noting that the OP can change their trip whenever they want, at no charge (other than any price difference). So if you change your mind about the preferred route, you can always change your ticket.

Edited by cpotisch, 18 January 2018 - 05:43 PM.

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