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Old 09-07-2010, 03:07 PM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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Default I-95 South -- Friday morning or Saturday morning?

Going to the Outer Banks and trying to decide if I should leave Friday or Saturday morning? Or does it not really matter? Thanks for any advice.
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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Friday will be the better day but I can tell you that over the last 2 weeks traffic on I95 has gotten substantially better. It probably won't matter too much.
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Novastan
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I highly recommend Friday morning or leave very early on Saturday morning. I-95S in NOVA is somewhat better after Labor Day.
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Old 09-07-2010, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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We left Ashburn on a Saturday morning around 10am and had no problems at all BUT that was first or second weekend in June when school was still in session so...BUT I can tell you coming home we left Corolla at 8am on Saturday and it was AWFUL. We should have left late in the evening on Friday. NEVER again!
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Old 09-07-2010, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Last time I did the drive to NC (didn't go to the Outer Banks but did go to the border) - the Fri. a.m. drive wasn't bad at all - might as well go then and get another day in.
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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When we've made the outerbanks trip, we always leave on Saturday (our house rental has always been Sat-Sat). If we leave before 7 am, we've managed to fly all the way down. If we don't leave until 9, traffic is much worse. This has been in July though, which is peak season.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:16 AM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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Thanks for the replies and great information. We'll be in the Corolla area, too, so the advice on the return trip is very helpful.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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well we left for Corolla on Friday at 3 PM in late June and it was a nightmare...though i have to say 95 was NOT the issue, but all the other roads we had to take - and of course I can't recall the routes. We stayed in Chesapeake overnight and it took 6+ hours to get there, should have been a 4 hour ride for us. Left at about 9:30 Am to Corolla and had no problems whatsoever getting down there in about 2 hours.

We left Corolla at about 9:00 or so, made a few stops, and headed home, traffic was slow, but not horrible. Took us about 6.5 hours to get to Round Hill, not including our stop for lunch.

IF I were doing it again, I might leave early Saturday morning...not sure it was worth it to leave on Friday night since we had such a bear of a drive.

I would think you will have a different experience because it's solidly off season, now, but I'd still be wary of Friday afternoon traffic.
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