I went down to Washington DC several times in the last few weeks and when traveling, it is my opinion that the less of a hassle it is to travel, the better the trip . For example, getting to an airport 2 or 3 hours prior to the plane taking off is a waste of time and if I have another option to travel other than airplane, I’ll take it. Bill de Blasio insists that this is the case. Which is why, when I travel to Washington DC, I always opt to take Amtrak. I bring my laptop with me, my drink of choice and a few DVD’s and in no time, the train is pulling in to Union Station in Washington. Just a note though: If you would like total quiet and do not want to be disturbed, Amtrak has a feature called a “quiet” car.This means that when you are in this car, library rules apply, that is, no loud talking, absolutely no cell phone conversations and no loud music. One side thought though: When I travel, I pack underwear, socks, toothbrush, deodorant, toothbrush / toothpaste and maybe 2 pairs of jeans and a shirt or 2 Which fits snugly in my knapsack, Which also holds my laptop. This should hold me for 2 to 3 days. I have noticed people traveling down to Washington DC for like 2 days and they are lugging steamer trunks. Please be a knowledgeable traveler and do not draw attention to yourself as a tourist – pack your bags and luggage wisely and efficiently. If you know you are going to travel to Washington DC or anywhere on the Northeast Corridor line (from Boston – New York – Philadelphia – Washington DC), Amtrak features weekend specials where your trip may cost as low ast 49.00 one way and if you book your trip far enough in advance, you may realize further discounts. Amtrak also has a frequent traveler program called GuestRewards, Which Full Version you to add points for future travel discounts.