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Old 08-13-2013, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Williston, VT
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I hope this is the appropriate board. Does anyone have any tips on driving from the Raleigh, NC area to VT? Or maybe I should ask for tips on avoiding the D.C./Philadelphia/NYC area? Is that possible? Thank you for your help!
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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Where in Vermont? The reason I ask is because there is a different route for East Side/West Side.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:37 PM
 
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Interstate 77 to 81 to 84 to 87 (Albany NY) then take 787 to Troy, East on Route 7 into VT.

We drive to the FL Keys every year and back to upstate NY. We totally avoid most tolls and DC/NYC.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:11 PM
 
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Interstate 77 to 81 to 84 to 87 (Albany NY) then take 787 to Troy, East on Route 7 into VT.

We drive to the FL Keys every year and back to upstate NY. We totally avoid most tolls and DC/NYC.
How far north are you heading once in VT? If someone were heading up to Burlington, Troy to Route 7 might not be the best possible route.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Williston, VT
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Oops! Yes, a location would be helpful. We would be driving into the Burlington area.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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Burlington.......

Get over to I-81. Whether you do that by going up to DC and then bearing north-west on I-68, or doing it before hand (64 or 66) is up to you. The point is to avoid 95, which is very congested, and costly.


So.....81 to 84 East in Scranton. 84 to the New York Thruway (87) north to Albany. (Or you can follow 81 to Binghamton, and take 88 up to Albany. It hooks up with 90 East (The New York Thruway) and takes you to 87 North). In Albany, the Thruway become 90 and goes east/west. You stay on 87 (The Northway) and take that North.

Take 87 North, to either one of two options.

You can take 87 to 149 into Fort Anne. There is a little outlet mall right there at the exit if you are interested. Follow 149 to Route 4, which will take you to 22A north. Take 22A North to Route 7 north in Vergennes. Route 7 will take you right up to Burlington....past Vermont Teddy Bear and the Shelburne Museum. It is a lovely drive once you are off of I-87. Watch your speed. Enjoy views of Lake Champlain as you get north.

Or....

You can stay on I-87 and go up to Essex, New York, and take the ferry across Lake Champlain into Charlotte Vermont. Lake Champlain Ferries | New York & Vermont Ferry Crossings | Lake Champlain Transportation From the ferry landing in Charlotte you go out (East) to Route 7, and up to Burlington. There are three ferry options; Essex, and Port Kent (IIRC) will take you right into Burlington. It is a delightful break crossing the lake...takes about 30 minutes.

The first part of your trip is agony with traffic and having to go out of your way to reduce the travel time--while increasing the miles. The second part of your trip is pure heaven.

Enjoy!

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Old 08-13-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Williston, VT
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That was a great help! Thank you!
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:57 PM
 
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Should you choose to drive up the Northway from Albany, north, you can cross over to VT via the Lake Champlain Bridge, which is 12 miles north of Ticonderoga, NY at Crown Point, NY and Addison, VT and 32 miles south of Burlington.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Williston, VT
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Thank you! I will pass this on to my husband. I appreciate the help.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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Interstate 77 to 81 to 84 to 87 (Albany NY) then take 787 to Troy, East on Route 7 into VT.

We drive to the FL Keys every year and back to upstate NY. We totally avoid most tolls and DC/NYC.
This(above) is the way I went when I lived in VT.

The Taconic is nice, but you have to go through the Bronx. Not a good way to go.

If you are coming from NC, I-95 around VA & DC might be the worst piece of roadway n the East Coast.
I'd try the 295 drive-around.
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