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Old 12-12-2008, 09:33 PM
 
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Me and my family will be on a road trip from NY to FL starting out next Friday 12/19. I remember that last year heading down we hit some horrific traffic in Northern Virginia on 95. I was thinking that this year I'd try taking I-78 to I-81 to I-77 to get through Virginia. It adds about 80 miles to the trip but if it avoids the traffic it may be worth it (or will traffic on I-81 be bad also?). We are leaving NY about 2:30pm so we'd end up hitting the Baltimore-Virginia corridor from around 6:30pm to 7:30pm if we went the traditional route.

Any suggestions?
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:18 AM
 
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If I were you, I would just take 301 from Newark, Del., and come down the Eastern Shore, cross the Bay Bridge and meet up with 95 just north of Richmond. If you do that, you miss all the tolls between Newark and Baltimore and of course the legendary DC Beltway traffic. That's what my folks do when traveling between NJ and FL and when they don't stop by and see me...lol.
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:25 AM
 
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where in NY are you coming from? NYC or upstate? You might want to try 81->64->95 on the way down to avoid the DC traffic
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Old 12-13-2008, 07:35 AM
 
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If you were able to leave a little early so you could see the beautiful scenery try 78 to 15 (through Gettysbury and Leesburg) then pick up 17 south of Warrenton and end up back on 95 at Fredericksburg.
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Old 12-13-2008, 08:16 AM
 
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I agree with JfromReston. We used to travel that way to see my inlaws in NJ. We never had any traffic going up 15 through Gettysburg, and it was a scenic drive. Catching up with 95 in Fredericksburg misses all the Nova stuff in Springfield. That would be my route...
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Old 12-13-2008, 08:57 AM
 
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If you were able to leave a little early so you could see the beautiful scenery try 78 to 15 (through Gettysbury and Leesburg) then pick up 17 south of Warrenton and end up back on 95 at Fredericksburg.
I checked this route and it would only add 45 miles to the trip. What kind of road is 15? Is it a two lane rural highway or are there traffic lights/single lane stuff to contend with. Do you think I can keep up a decent pace? And I guess traffic should be less of a concern? Thanks for all the input, this is great.
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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15 from Harrisburg to the Virginia line is mostly divided highway. A large portion is no different from any other freeway.
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Old 12-13-2008, 08:52 PM
 
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You could also try going DE 1-US 13-US 113-back to US 13 down the coast and hit 95 in southen VA.
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:07 PM
 
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You could also try going DE 1-US 13-US 113-back to US 13 down the coast and hit 95 in southen VA.
I actually had already mapped this route to see. Although it only adds about 32 miles to the route, due to the nature of the roads it's estimated to add almost 2 hours driving time. I guess some of the roads are real local or have traffic lights.
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