As part of my life goal to visit all 50 states before age 50, I set out on an East Coast road trip at the end of last year. The route? I flew from LA to NYC to meet/pick up one of my best friends, Stacey, and together we ventured south to Miami. To avoid unpredictable weather/road conditions (we planned the trip back in September), we cut out a good chunk of the driving through snow-prone states and took the midnight (3AM, actually) Amtrak down to Richmond, VA.

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