we are coming on New York City early September.
We have been looking at doing a quick day visit to Philadelphia and Lancaster and yes, I have read the forums and am very aware of how insane a trip in one day is. Still, the couple we are travelling with really want to do this on a limited time and so we shall get up insanely early and come back insanely late.
My question isnt related to this - its related to how to book the trains!
I seem to be missing a trick.
I can book single or return legs (e.g NYC - Phil then Phil - Lanc either single and return for each leg - but is it possible to just book as one return journey and stop off in Philadelphia? In other words can I book NYC - Lanc and just stop offin Philadelphia thus not being so commited to what time we move on to Lancaster? Sorry if there is something obvious I have missed, I cant seem to find a map on the Amtrak site, and dont know if its ok to just stop at a station (we have here what is called an "open day return" which means you can catch any train going to and fro a direction so long as you have paid the correct "time of day" fare). Having never been to NYC and not being able to find a map of the train connections, I am also not sure if one train provider is pretty much the same as the others when I am presented with my options. (for example in London, in some cases you can use 2 different train providers who will go completely different routes to take you on the same A-B journey).
Many thanks for your help.