I went to D.C. for the first time travelling on an Amtrak pass - there was a tourist info booth I think in the railroad station that quickly set me up with info on how to get there and booked me a reasonably priced motel near it!!
Sometime in the late 70s or 1980 I saw Billy Van outside Union Station in Toronto. He told me he was scared of flying so he took the train whenever he could. Yes, Count Frightenstein, and countless other characters from the best TV show ever made in Hamilton, Ontario, was scared of flying.