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I agree with Kevin and Travis... not only would you have some great experiences with clients in all three cities, you would have some great experiences sighseeing in those three great cities... assuming you have any free time to do so !! Be sure to post your schedule here so that guys can plan ahead.... good luck and enjoy the USA... or at least a small part of it.

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I third (fourth?) the motion!

 

And as you will be traveling downtown to downtown to downtown, train is absolutely the civilized way to travel the northeast corridor. choose the Amtrack Acela express. Nowhere near as fast as the fast trains in Europe, but more hassle-free than almost any other means of transport around here.

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Take into account that the train ride from Boston to NYC is about 4 hours and from NYC to DC a little over 3. A lot of people dispute this, but IME, if you're on the east side of Manhattan, the Delta/USAir Shuttle is a quicker way to get to Boston from NY. It's maybe $150 more expensive, but since this is a professional visit, time is money.

 

There's also the Acela fast train, but IIRC, it takes off only about 50 minutes. You can find more precise numbers by going to Amtrak's site.

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Take into account that the train ride from Boston to NYC is about 4 hours and from NYC to DC a little over 3. A lot of people dispute this, but IME, if you're on the east side of Manhattan, the Delta/USAir Shuttle is a quicker way to get to Boston from NY. It's maybe $150 more expensive, but since this is a professional visit, time is money.

 

There's also the Acela fast train, but IIRC, it takes off only about 50 minutes. You can find more precise numbers by going to Amtrak's site.

 

...but Amtrak picks you up and drops you off in the center of the city, no $50 cab ride once you land, no proctology exam to get through security, no worries if you lube bottle is over 3 ounces... I agree on Acela though, the regular regional trains get you there nearly as quickly for a whole lot less. But a ten day swing through the Eastern corridor should be quite fun and profitable.

 

Kevin Slater

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I haven't timed it, and my recollection could be biased since I hate being cooped up in any one place for hours at a time. About the liquids, it's pretty rare that they actually look at what's in the baggie, so if it's <=5 oz and you can fit it in there, you're home free. I've only rarely gotten flagged for stuff outside the baggie unless it's a full size soft drink can or something.

 

Regardless, I've found those travel squeeze bottles to be a good investment.

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I agree with the others. But check hotel rates in each location on different dates. It sometimes may make more sense economically to start in Boston and work your way south, but other times it would be better to start in DC and work your way north. Hotel rates, especially in DC, can vary widely.

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...but Amtrak picks you up and drops you off in the center of the city, no $50 cab ride once you land, no proctology exam to get through security, no worries if you lube bottle is over 3 ounces... I agree on Acela though, the regular regional trains get you there nearly as quickly for a whole lot less. But a ten day swing through the Eastern corridor should be quite fun and profitable.

 

Kevin Slater

 

Kevin,

You're absolutely correct. By the time I drive to Logan, park, do the security thing. Then get to LaGuardia, wait for an expensive cab ride to downtown, you have spent a lot more time than the 1 1/2 hour flight plus spent a lot more money. On Amtrak you can catch up on texts, emails, etc.

 

I only use Amtrak to go into the city.

 

Boston Bill

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I agree with the others. But check hotel rates in each location on different dates. It sometimes may make more sense economically to start in Boston and work your way south, but other times it would be better to start in DC and work your way north. Hotel rates, especially in DC, can vary widely.

 

But don't make the mistake I always used to make, which is only going down to DC when the hotels are inexpensive. That usually means that congress is out of session and the town is a lot more quiet (and less lucrative) than otherwise. Basing your trip solely on hotel rates could be penny wise and pound foolish. My trips down have been a lot better since I learned that lesson.

 

Kevin Slater

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You're absolutely correct. By the time I drive to Logan, park, do the security thing. Then get to LaGuardia, wait for an expensive cab ride to downtown, you have spent a lot more time than the 1 1/2 hour flight plus spent a lot more money. On Amtrak you can catch up on texts, emails, etc.

 

Let me add a different perspective from an escort point of view. I've taken the Regional Amtrak between Boston and NYC only once. I prefer to fly; here is why ... The flight from Boston Logan to La Guardia takes only an hour (versus 3.5 hours on Acela Express and 4 hours on other trains) and both US Airways and Delta shuttle offer a multitude of flights every day. The check-in closes 30 min before the flight leaves (if that hasn't been changed recently).

 

Moreover Boston Logan has the convenience to be located very close to the city and a short and inexpensive cab ride from downtown Boston or Back Bay will take you there in less than 10 min in non-rush hour traffic. La Guardia airport is very convenient if you stay in East Manhattan and according to taxifarefinder.com and worldtaximeter.com the cab ride to Times Square will cost approximative $24 (JFK is completely different matter). You can find a deal on the airfare if booked ahead of time, usually 3 weeks or more. Another very economical solution that hasn't been mentioned so far is to ride the BoltBus (no personal experience there).

 

Exorbitant hotel prices in Boston can be cost-prohibitive during Graduations in June. Other than that it's worth paying a visit and make the trip down the Eastern Seabord.

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Another very economical solution that hasn't been mentioned so far is to ride the Bolt Bus (no personal experience there). [/color]

 

I don't know about Bolt Bus, but the MegaBus is something I've ridden a couple of times and had a good time. It is cheap, and just as fast as the regular train. And the stops are usually right in front of the train stations.

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Agree with Steven and Leigh about the busses. Thank god for Fung Wah and Lucky Star (not because I would ever ride them) because they got all the other bus companies competing so that the average one way is about $15. That does not incluled the Hilton Boston (Back Bay) to Hilton Manhattan Limoliner which is comparable to the train. Strangely, the busses maintain their schedules better than the trains and often get there faster. Buy tickets on-line ahead of time for the best prices. [Greyhound. Peter Pan, Bolt, Mega,] I have ridden all but Bolt and all are OK.

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Bus and rail options are also valuable if you want to move around the eastern seaboard at will rather than being confined by flight schedules.

 

If you fly from NY to Boston, you're investing money in the flight but also investing in STAYING at the destination for the pre-planned duration. Bus and rail can be flexible enough (and cheap enough) to make mid-course corrections as needed, even multiple times.

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