My Lady and I are making our first trip from Washington DC to Manhattan. We have scouted some hotels and vrbo sites and are pretty comfortable with our lodging options. Although I don't know about the safety of some neighborhoods. So any comments on dangerous areas would be appreciated. I am a little puzzled about my options of how to get from DC to NYC. Amtrak has a train with a decent schedule, but no checked luggage. I found a bus for only $22 a trip but not great times. Any advice on how to make our travel easy? Like I said, it's our first time and don't really have the lay of the land. Thanks.