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Old 01-08-2013, 03:33 PM   #41
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You can take Amtrak Acela train from DC to Boston (and even Philly in between) pretty easily. No need for a car.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:53 PM   #42
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I think its doable.

Fly in and out of DC from wherever you live.

Spend a couple days in DC - as someone said, hot as hell and crowded in August, but still worth seeing.

Take the shuttle to Boston - very fast.

Spend a couple days in Boston. Rent a car, you're in Maine in a few hours. Spend a few days or even a week in a cabin on a lake or on the beautiful rocky shore. Portland is nice, and Peak Island has some convenient rentals right there.

Shuttle back to DC, fly home.

Skip Niagara. Its a long way to drive to spend 30m looking at the falls.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:33 PM   #43
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The idea of an all mass-transit vacation is a good one. More than any other cities I know, Boston and DC lend themselves to that. (So much of New York requires long rides on the subway, as compared to Boston or DC.)
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:50 PM   #44
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You can take Amtrak Acela train from DC to Boston (and even Philly in between) pretty easily. No need for a car.
Amtrak fares are very high, and Acela trains are exorbitant. There is now good, safe, and CHEAP bus service between DC, NY, & Boston. It takes a little longer than the train (but not that much longer) and costs a fraction of Amtrak's fares. These are modern, clean, and comfortable buses and many have WiFi. They leave on time. This relatively new quality bus service has been extremely successful. Some of the bus companies such as Megabus go to other cities, including Philly. Among the DC<->NY companies are: BoltBus, Megabus, DC2NY, Vamoose, & Tripper. Some go from Penn Station (NY) to Union Station (DC), others go to a DC suburb, usually Bethesda or Arlington. Fares are generally $30 or less, and luggage is free on most of these lines. I would avoid any remaining Chinatown buses, given their history of accidents and less-than-reliable service.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:45 PM   #45
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I can't even hope to do ONE of the Smithsonian museums in a day, much less all the sights in DC in two. But maybe that's just me being a museum geek.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:48 PM   #46
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I can't even hope to do ONE of the Smithsonian museums in a day, much less all the sights in DC in two. But maybe that's just me being a museum geek.
I agree you could see Niagara Falls in one day but DC takes at least four or five days to just scratch the surface !
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