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Old 08-02-2007, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Thousand Oaks, California
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What is the best way to get from Richmond to DC? I have heard horror stories about the I-95, but it looks like pretty much the only option. Any suggestions? Leaving Richmond about 11am, how intense will the traffic be? Midweek.

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Old 08-02-2007, 02:27 PM
 
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I-95 is indeed the best route from Richmond to DC. It's the most direct and should be the quickest in theory. I would say midweek at 11am, you shouldn't have any problems barring any sort of random accident. Traffic flows pretty smoothly around that timem
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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You should be fine that late in the morning... will you be doing a return trip? Trying to fight the DC rush hour traffic to get to Richmond is one of the more painful things I've endured in life.
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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Best route is I-95 from Richmond to DC. I drive it frequently. When you get north of Fredericksburg hit you gas pedal as hard as possible and try to pass all of the traffic going 95 mph!! In Virginia, we have a new law that if you are from out of state you won't be fined $3000 for exceeding the speed limit.
Anyway, you will be going so fast it won't matter, the cops can't keep up with anyone anyway!! Good Luck on your route and Enjoy!!
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Old 08-05-2007, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Thousand Oaks, California
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We ended up taking the I-95 and you were right, we never had to slow down. IT was a great drive.

I didn't go more than 10 over the speed limit at any given time, although it was pretty tempting. Im from California, and we like to drive fast
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:40 PM
 
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roanoker: your joke about the speeding fines was hilarious! isnt virginia great?
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:39 AM
 
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How about 301 from Baltimore to Richmond? Is that route better than 95 if leaving from Bmore?
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Thousand Oaks, California
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You know what we found so interesting on our 'road trip' .. East Coast people drive really slow. Very little aggressive driving, people just seemed so relaxed and slow paced. People let others into their lane, we never saw anyone tailgating. I was afraid to speed, although tempted, because I would stick out like a sore thumb as they only one going fast! It was actually refreshing, to relax and just enjoy the scenery.

I live in California and we drive fast (when you can find a freeway without traffic).
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Old 08-18-2007, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield, VA
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Corgi - I used to live north of Baltimore and would travel south of Richmond to visit family. After stopping one-too-many times on 95 because of accidents (and construction at the mixing bowl), we finally committed to 301. It is also easier with kids because there are more places to stop for any pit stops. Anyway, sometimes we would get off at the 95 intersection in Caroline County, and others we would travel down into Hanover and then get onto 295. Hope this helps!
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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Although DC driving can be fun, driving on the LA freeways can really be a blast! When I was a young guy I remember visiting LA and while I was doing over 85 mph, I noticed a lady tailgating me, honkin her horn all the while trying to put on her lipstick!
I was so shaken up by my experience I never returned!
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