This is a cool forum. Any way. I'm (we're) planning to spend 2 weeks in Washington DC and only 2 days in Manhattan. I'm thinking of taking the train from Washington DC Union Station to Manhattan and carry minimum luggage (2 days worth of clothings) with me on the train. I don't plan to drive to Manhattan or drive in Manhattan. What is the cheapest way to leave my luggage behind in Washington DC? I won't leave anything valuable behind. Just 2 weeks worth of clothing and some books.
- Is there some sort of locker rental service at Washington DC Union Station where I can rent a locker and stash my big duffel bag inside? If yes, does any body know what the rental fee will be?
- Park my rental car at the Washington DC Union Station parking lot for 2 days and leave my stuff inside (2 day car rental charge - around $40/day + 2 day parking charge - around $20/day --> $120 total )?
- Get a supercheap motel room for 2 days (any suggestion?) and leave my stuff inside? (2 day motel room charge - around $40/day --> $80 total)?
Does any body have any other suggestion? Thanks.
From my understanding, you can no longer leave unattended luggage at train stations, airports, etc. due to security reasons. Perhaps renting a very cheap hotel room and storing your luggage there is the best option.
Or, if you are planning on staying in a hostel in Manhattan why not just bring your duffel bag and store it at the hostel? Hostels usually do not charge for this service. Plenty of people take large bags and suitcases on Amtrak, so that would not be out of the ordinary.
Actually, I think they do have left-luggage service in Union station. Sometimes, though, they won't let you store bags overnight, which would be a problem for you.
Instead, what I would suggest, is if you are staying in the same hotel / hostel both before and after, I would ask to leave the bag with the hotel. Usually places are pretty good about doing this. You pick up your bag when you return and viola! Problem solved.
The Acela is a fun ride. Not as cool as Japan or France, but it gets a good clip going on the portion between Washington and New York City. You don't get great views rolling into New York because they enter a tunnel in NJ and you pretty much see darkness for the rest of the ride. But it's nice to come out at Penn Station and see MSG (Madison Square Gardens).
Hi, I have the same problem, but I only will stay in Washington a few hours, waiting for my train, and I was thinking about leaving my luggage in the union station, and take a short trip around in DC.
Diego - it shouldn't be a problem to leave your bags with left luggage for just a few hours. The left luggage area in Union Station is on the level where people wait for trains.