Travel to International Convention in July in Philadelphia
Below are some thoughts on travel to Philly based on exploring travel options:
In looking at the convention’s schedule with the optional preconvention event in Philly and the postconvention trip to New York it seems that members may want to arrive and depart on various days.
Auto: Travel by car is certainly an option. One concern about auto travel is the cost of parking. The only hotel parking is valet and it runs $56 per day. International is exploring options at a parking deck by the Marriott to see if a lower fare can be negotiated, but info won’t be available until early March. There are several downtown parking areas as well as at the airport.
Air: Flights from various airports across the state range in price from $200-300, but air travel gives flexibility in terms of dates and times. Transportation from the airport to the hotel varies; there is a train that goes to the hotel that costs $7. Check this website for various options: https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Philadelphia-Airport-PHL/Philadelphia-Marriott-Downtown
Bus: At this point too few members have submitted an interest in the bus trip being explored. The deadline may be expended, but 35 are needed.
Group train: Group travel by train has been explored; it has been decided that this doesn’t seem viable. Group travel means all leave at the same time from one city and requires a minimum number of passengers. Travel from Raleigh would cost $165 RT if 25 persons are going. If traveling far from Raleigh an overnight stay would be needed in order to catch the morning train which would add to the cost. The payment for group travel is due quickly once a travel contract is signed.
Sample train schedule from Raleigh; two trains enter NC near Charlotte and head north from Rocky Mount stopping across the state. (There are a couple of other trains from Florida). See schedules/options on the Amtrak website: https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
Individual train: This may be the best option for members interested in going by train or needing to travel on different dates. Individuals could book their own trip from stations close to home using senior discounts or other specials that Amtrak may have at the time of booking, for example, currently there are special rates for groups of six. Members across the state could book on the same train on the same day, for example the Carolinian or Silver Star the main trains, which would allow DKG members to interact in the dining car or wherever they are seated. Price would vary, more in Charlotte than Rocky Mount (RT from Greensboro is $218 for May 6/12 travel; $184 from Raleigh), but the train could be booked and boarded anywhere it stops on its route across the state before heading north from Rocky Mount. A list of those planning to go by a certain train on a specific date could be shared with members to aid those wanting to book at a common time. Seats fill quickly in July so it would be important to book soon. Website: https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
Remember to send your email and name to Barbara Perry-Sheldon at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are going to Philly. She is compiling a list of those attending from NC DKG. This list will be used to organize a state night event and will be shared with participants to allow for coordinating travel plans.