I always like to investigate other options instead of flying. Maybe there's a train forum around here, but I couldn't find it.
I don't want to take the train all the way from Memphis, TN because that would indeed be so long!
So, I'm considering driving to DC from Memphis and taking the train from there into Penn Station in NYC.
Why on earth would I do that? Because I've been to DC several times and have family there, and the train ride from DC to NYC is short, I hear. The drive to DC is about 14 hours (not fun, but shorter than the long train ride). I've made the trip by car before.
Also, because my husband isn't intimidated to drive in DC but is scared to drive in NYC. So, we don't want to take the car all the way to NYC.
All this because I get anxious flying. Yes, I got on a plane and flew to Europe and back in May, but I hated the plane ride. It wasn't possible to really get there any other acceptable way, but for NYC I keep thinking I can do this without flying. I've told myself that the more times I fly, the better it will be. Instead, it gets worse each time I fly. I nearly lose my mind on take off and landings and turbulence.
So.... Any other ideas on how to get to NYC? Would another train station make more sense instead of the one in DC? I don't have to stop to visit with family. Either way, if they want, they can take the train into NYC to meet us there.
Another option is to drive to a city outside of NYC and leave the car there with cheaper parking and take some kind of transport into the city (cab or subway?). Just trying to avoid having a car in NYC because of not wanting to drive there and because of the high parking rates and traffic.
I'm open to any ideas on good ways to get to NYC from Memphis without flying or driving straight into NYC. Please don't reply with stats about how flying is safe. I've heard it all. Even still, there's a 777 missing out there and no one knows why it went down or where. Very alarming for us fearful flying folks.
This trip is for two adults in October (don't have exact dates, but can probably add a few extra days to account for the driving). This trip is for fun. Second visit to NYC. First visit was years ago in July and the return trip had the worst turbulence I've ever experienced. People were screaming and wine that people were drinking behind us flew on our faces, so bad memories there.... But this isn't where my fear developed.
Thanks for nice replies.