First I want to mention that a couple weeks ago I took Amtrak across country from Boston to Portland, OR and then flew back. What a fun trip it was riding the train vs flying :)!
The scenery between Chicago and Oregon was outstanding, especially in the Dome Car. The meals were great (included 3 a day if traveling 1st class). There was a wine and cheese tasting, movies at night, and a lounge car where you could purchase snacks, sandwiches, or wine and/or beer. I met tons of wonderful people and the ambience was wonderful.
Consequently I'm now planning a trip from Boston to D.C. and then onto Charleston, S.C. via Amtrak. Has anyone taken the Acela to DC? If so does it run straight from Boston to DC or do you have to change trains in NYC? How long does the trip take? What about going on to Charleston. Has anyone done that?
Looking forward to hearing everyones comments and suggestions :).