So, we are leaving Charleston, SC going to NYC in October. Has anyone gone to DC on Palmetto then from DC by Acela to NYC? I have taken Amtrak many times but only as far as DC. I am wondering if it might be worthwhile to take the Palmetto to DC instead of paying $$$ for the room overnight on the Silver Meteor that may or may not be returning in Oct. Is Acela that much faster from DC to NYC? I'm hearing such negativity I am not sure we should travel by Amtrak at all right now. I hate flying but can drive if need be. Thoughts?