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Old 08-20-2009, 08:21 PM
 
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what does it mean when you say (I-84 dog legs - US-6 is the leg)?
You probably can ignore what I wrote there. Now that I think about it, it's signed as I-84 the whole way, the part it shares with US-6 simply has the two signs together.

Simply follow I-84 to I-87. So here's the updated version:

I- 90 W to I-84 W
I-84 W to I-87 S
I-87 S to I-78 / US-22 W
I-78 / US-22 W to I-81 S
I-81 S to I-77 S
I-77 S to I-26 E
I-26 E to I-95 S
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:25 PM
 
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you can't avoid both. you could potentially drive around New Jersey, but you can't avoid New York.
Say what? There are about 4 different ways to avoid the NYC / NE NJ mess, given here. I think everyone knows they add a bit of time.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:27 PM
 
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I used to make a similar trip when I traveled down to school in South Carolina. We usually would just take I-95 because it's the easiest and the traffic isn't that bad. Plus you get to drive through really cool cities! haha. However we did travel the quiet way a couple times. In order to avoid all the city traffic of Philly, DC, NYC, etc. we took:

I-95 South to 287 to 80 to 81 South all the way thru most of VA. Then take 77 South. We would break onto I-85 in Charlotte because we were heading to Clemson (out by Georgia), but from the looks of the map you should continue on 77 all the way to Columbia, to 26, to 95 and you're there!

Good luck!
That's an interesting variant. IIRC 287 includes the Tappan Zee Bridge which is pretty spectacular. 80's nice too, through the Delaware Water Gap and all. Good route!
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:24 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Say what? There are about 4 different ways to avoid the NYC / NE NJ mess, given here. I think everyone knows they add a bit of time.
I think he meant that she couldn't avoid NY state. She asked to avoid NY and NJ, so it sounded like she meant both entire states, whereas she probably meant NYC and northern NJ.

Of course, she still could avoid both states (NY and NJ) by driving up through Vermont to Montreal, Quebec, heading west to Toronto, Ontario and down to Windsor, Ontario, crossing back into the US into Detroit, MI, then working her way down through Ohio, West VA, VA, NC, SC, and into Savannah, GA.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:33 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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You probably can ignore what I wrote there. Now that I think about it, it's signed as I-84 the whole way, the part it shares with US-6 simply has the two signs together.

Simply follow I-84 to I-87. So here's the updated version:

I- 90 W to I-84 W
I-84 W to I-87 S
I-87 S to I-78 / US-22 W
I-78 / US-22 W to I-81 S
I-81 S to I-77 S
I-77 S to I-26 E
I-26 E to I-95 S
I-87 is not signed as 87 down to I-78; it's I-287 in NJ. If she stays on I-87S it will put her onto the Tappan Zee Bridge BACK INTO NY, into Westchester, and ultimately down into the Bronx (it becomes the Major Deegan!).

By your directions above, she would go down I-87 south to the Sloatsburg area where there will be a sign for 287 into New Jersey - that's the road she'll need to take, and it will eventually meet up with 78.

I think it would be better to take I-84 across to Scranton and then hop on 81 south there, but it's not that big a difference.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If you want a relatively fast route missing big cities, I'd take I-90 to Binghamton NY, I-81 past Roanoke VA, and I-77 south from there. If you ever want to dally, you can find plenty of nice stops along that route.
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Old 08-21-2009, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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HELP!! Driving with son, X-mother-in-law and father-in-law from Boston to Savannah and want to find shortest, safest route and avoid NY and NJ because heard they were difficult to cross due to traffic, construction and poorly id'd signs and exits... also need to know some good places to eat along way and/or stay the night that are inexpensive, clean and safe...Never been further than Springfield, MA...help!
Try Google maps, you can post the starting address and the ending address. If you want to change the route to avoid certain areas, you can drag it to one side or the other. It will give you turn by turn instructions and time and mileage.
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:50 AM
 
Location: NJ
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honestly, i'd try to avoid CT before NJ/NY. every time we head up that way..never fails..the worst part is CT.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:14 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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DC is what you should really worry about.
NJ is fine if you follow I-84 through CT and NY state, avoiding the city. Then when you cross the Beacon bridge in Newburgh, NY make sure you go south on 87 towards NJ than once your in NJ you should be on 287 which is RURAL NJ, away from the city.

heres a link of the route (don't pay attention to the directions because that was the automatic directions when i typed in Boston via Savannah) I changed the route around
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...8,9.876709&z=7

And if you were planning on taking the Merrit parkway or 95 in CT, that would be just as bad if not worst than any part of NENJ.

avoiding NY and NJ just means a longer route wasting more time.
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Old 08-21-2009, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Denver
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That's an interesting variant. IIRC 287 includes the Tappan Zee Bridge which is pretty spectacular. 80's nice too, through the Delaware Water Gap and all. Good route!
Thanks! But I can't take credit for it. I learned the route while my roommate and I sat in the backseat of a girl's two-door Civic...it wasn't exactly the most comfortable trip for two kids weighing about 200 pounds and 220 pounds. Luckily we had a quarter pound of....nothing illegal.....to keep ourselves relaxed, hungry, and giggling the entire way down haha.
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