Posted 22 June 2018 - 01:32 PM
I'd also recommend the Capitol Limited to DC. After that, taking the Palmetto the next day might be better to avoid getting off the Meteor at 3am. Rental car places will definitely not be open at 3am. The Palmetto departs DC at 10am, also a bit more comfortable than the 7:32am departure from Philly.
Florence has more rental car places than Dillon (or Kingstree), but the train arrival cuts it close to 6pm which is when most rental car places close.
Other options include taking Southeastern Stages direct from Florence to Myrtle Beach (9:55am -> 11:25am) or getting off the train in Charleston and going from there.
Edited by ParanoidAndroid, 22 June 2018 - 01:52 PM.
I've ridden on Amtrak on the Cascades #516 (SEA-STW), Coast Starlight #14 (LAX-SLO, LAX-PDX, KFS-SEA), Southwest Chief #4 (LAX-CHI), Cardinal #50 (CHI-NYP), Northeast Regional #85 (NYP-WAS), Capitol Limited #30 (HFY-WAS), Cascades #501 (SEA-PDX), Coast Starlight #11 (SLO-LAX, PDX-KFS), and many Pacific Surfliners with Amtrak. I've seen in stations, including the previous, the California Zephyr #5 at SAC (lucky), what I guess to be Crescent #19 (at WAS) and Silver Meteor #97 (at WAS), Empire Builder #28 at PDX, Sunset Limited #2/Texas Eagle #422 at LAX, and Empire Builder #27 at PDX. I have also ridden the Hokutosei in Japan, Ueno - Sapporo (now discontinued).