I love the auto-train. Let me briefly explain the experience. Pack up family of 6 with everything we may need on vacay, drive to Lorton WV (5 hrs). Get on train. THEY put my van on train. Eat delicious food, drink wine, sleep comfortably. Wake up, eat some more and you are in Florida. Best part - kids are $25 during the summer, and food (and wine) is included in the ticket price! No rental car in FL, no schlepping luggage. NO SECURITY! We're good.