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Old 10-02-2016, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I usually use this route to New England (when I used to live in Naples). Adopting it for you to cross the Delaware is the tricky part, but may be worth investigating for you if you're that fed up.

I hate I-95 congestion, speed traps, etc and found this to be more stress-free and very scenic as well.

Only suggestion is to have some ideas of where you can eat or sleep off of exits in the rural appalachian areas or bring a GPS to tell you.

Take I-78 West and cross the Delaware at Bethlehem, PA. (Or cross at Trenton and make your way via roads to Reading or Harrisburg to I-78)

It will join with I-81 before Harrisburg, of which you should stay on I-81 until you hit I-75 in Knoxville.


It's a straight shot to Naples on I-75.

Even though you hit Atlanta (which can be planned), you still avoid JAX + Orlando (and the other areas you mentioned).

I'm also seeing you stay in SC, so you can also take I-77 in VA to Columbia SC, bypassing ATL altogether.
I know this is an old thread but you do not pick up I75 in Knoxville. You would take I 40 west from Knoxville to I 75 just before Chatanooga. I81 ends at I 40
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Old 10-03-2016, 02:50 PM
 
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When driving the northeast corridor on frequent trips to Florida i time it so i'm driving through the NYC to Washington section of the trip around 10pm to 4am,very little traffic at those times.
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:02 PM
 
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I know this is an old thread but you do not pick up I75 in Knoxville. You would take I 40 west from Knoxville to I 75 just before Chatanooga. I81 ends at I 40
I-81 ends at I-40, out east of Knoxville. A person would take I-40 west past Knoxville a few miles where you would pick up I-75 south; so I-75 is picked up technically not in Knoxville, but about 10 miles west of it. I-75 then takes a person straight to Naples.
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Old 10-03-2016, 11:11 PM
 
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The traffic in Northern VA!! Where the hell are these people going? Do they all work in Washington and live in Federick??? No matter when we hit it, day or night, it is always backed up!
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Some 120,000 people work just in the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County, VA alone. And Fairfax County housing is so extremely expensive, that tens of thousands of employees there commute daily from homes in the southeast suburbs of Maryland (and even further south in Maryland such as Waldorf), or from further out in the Virginia Piedmont area - or Fredericksburg VA - which are some of the only places they can afford homes.

And no new Potomac River bridges (other than Metrorail) have been added since 1965, and meanwhile the area's overall traffic volume has quadrupled. More Potomac bridges are desperately needed further upriver (linking Leesburg with Poolesville) and possibly downriver (linking Woodbridge with Indian Head) but for various reasons they will never be built.

By the way, I want to warn everyone about the town of Emporia on I-95 in southern Virginia. It's one of the most notorious speed traps in the USA.
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:03 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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The beltway in Northern Virginia has express lanes now, which didn't exist when this thread was created. That should be some relief for traffic, but you need to have an EZpass to use those lanes.

By the way, I-95 swings around the beltway in Maryland mostly, not Northern Virginia.
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