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Old 05-22-2012, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Durm
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Hey, has anyone tried to avoid the DC beltline by driving north on 17 and then picking up 13 north in MD through DE?

Is that a better idea than going up 95 and maybe taking 301 too?

I have to drive to Long Island next month - thanks!
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:57 PM
 
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That's usually the way I go to Philly when I get back there. I wouldn't say it's all that quicker, but it is less aggravating, as there is less traffic. Be sure to research your route and take all available bypasses. Be advised of two things: 1- The Chesapeake Bay Bridge has a $10 toll each way; 2- If you're travelling late at night, you may as well take 95 as it's not too bad after say 10-11 PM and the Delmarva Pennisula is rather isolated; but 13 is completely a 4-lane spit highway for almost the entire way (though not interstate-like). I don't know about 301. You might have to bite the bullet and take the Jersey turnpike.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:24 PM
 
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We travel down to the Wilmington area a couple times a year from New Jersery. We normally do the 95 thing and visit our daughter in Arlington.

One year, we drove down 13 and found it to be quite long and rather boring, the bay/bridge was pretty cool, but as Phil said, it is a $10 dollar drive.

We now drive up 95 and just north of Richmond (exit 104?) pick up 301. It is slower than 95 but way less stressful and less chance of horrific backups. There are more options to stop, but lots of local traffic.

It crosses over the Chesapeake onto the Eastern Shore, just make sure you fill your tank and tummy, empty your bladder and have a charged phone, the drive through most of Delaware is very desolate.
But you will hit 95 again (missing all of DC, Baltimore and the annoying Delaware tolls) there is a very welcoming new Welcome Center just up 95.

I will drop you off there, cuz' I'm almost home
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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We live between Baltimore and DC and have to endure the interstate on the way to Topsail, at least until we get past Richmond. If possible time your trip so you avoid the peak periods if you choose I-95. I sometimes leave the house at 4:00 am, which gets me past Richmond without too much trouble with the bonus that I get to Topsail before Noon!
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Durm
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Thanks all, sticking with I-95 - I should just fly, but I'd just have to rent a car when I got there anyway. Maybe I'll stop in DC and go to a museum to make the trip more bearable :-D
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Thanks all, sticking with I-95 - I should just fly, but I'd just have to rent a car when I got there anyway. Maybe I'll stop in DC and go to a museum to make the trip more bearable :-D
Sorry, I misread the direction you are driving, but then again you'll have to drive south eventually. Driving north it is almost always a pain between Richmond and DC. DC past Baltimore is iffy but can be okay. If you can target getting past Richmond after 10:00 am or so it shouldn't be too bad until about 2:00 or 3:00 pm. Rush hour is now all day, unfortunately.
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Durm
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Sorry, I misread the direction you are driving, but then again you'll have to drive south eventually. Driving north it is almost always a pain between Richmond and DC. DC past Baltimore is iffy but can be okay. If you can target getting past Richmond after 10:00 am or so it shouldn't be too bad until about 2:00 or 3:00 pm. Rush hour is now all day, unfortunately.
Bleh, I know - I seem to always get stuck in traffic no matter what. The trip was a little shorter too when I lived in Durham, but now that I'm in Wilmington I need to tack on some time just for that - grr
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