My son and I are making a trip next weekend to visit a handful of colleges in the immediate DC area. He has decided he would like to visit Penn on Saturday October 15.
We would need to be on campus for an 11 a.m. information session and a Noon tour.
My initial reaction is to take Amtrak - it looks like about $130 round trip each. Without even trying any discount codes, etc, I see I can get a rental car, gas, etc for no more than a third of what it would cost for both of us to take the train and back.
Its hard to right off $175 or $200 of savings without researching it.
If I were to get a car at DCA on Saturday morning around 7 and leave immediately for Philly, how bad of a drive should I expect? I would think Saturday morning traffic would be among the lightest in the area, but I know never to assume.
I would expect heavier traffic coming back - but I would not be up against the clock coming back - and who knows what stops we might make coming back. The intent would be to be returning the car at DCA no later tha 8 or 9 p.m.
Thanks for your input.