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Old 01-19-2016, 12:56 PM   #1
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We are planning to concur all 48 states this year and would like to have some route info for the east coast. We're starting out from Southern California and I think we'll be fine getting to Alanta Ga. Once leaving there is where to me it get's a little scary. Like to avoid as much road stress and high grades as possible but want to see DC area and also NY. Any and all route info would be so welcome.

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Old 01-19-2016, 02:51 PM   #2
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Welcome to IRV2,

The Eastcoast is known for 'road stress' but there are a few areas which prove pleasant rides. It would be nice to know what you are driving and if you have a toad.

We live about 1 hr south of DC in the area known as Southern Maryland. We travel up and down the east coast mostly attending motorcycle rallies and events. I personally enjoy getting to the destination so I drive at night a lot, but when looking for adventure I use major roadways off the interstates.

With that said, I would consider using coastal route 17 through SC, NC and VA then route 301 in VA through MD. I'm not sure how close to DC or other major cities you want to stop but am sure that you will find pleasant accommodations. I hope this helps.

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Old 01-19-2016, 03:04 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Lila View Post
We are planning to concur all 48 states this year and would like to have some route info for the east coast. We're starting out from Southern California and I think we'll be fine getting to Alanta Ga. Once leaving there is where to me it get's a little scary. Like to avoid as much road stress and high grades as possible but want to see DC area and also NY. Any and all route info would be so welcome.
First of all let me tell you your request is an oxymoron. I have traveled 76,000 miles and live on the east coast (Boston) all the road stress will be associated with DC and I am assuming you mean N.Y. city. With more information We can probably give you some advice.

good Luck, r0n......
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:11 PM   #4
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If you want to "AVOID" road stress then AVOID the North East States! We did a NE states trip in 2015, PA, NY, MA, NH, ME, CT, VA, (not including entry and exit states). You haven't lived until you take your 45 foot coach over the bridge onto Cape Cod... or drive in the Boston traffic, or PA 209 S from I84 and being cursed out for 15 minutes by a Fran Dresher look alike for asking her to move so you can make a left turn that she is blocking... Yes, you will learn to love New Jersey and New York license plated vehicles and traffic jams will take on a whole new meaning... But, if you don't take the trip, the sea food you will miss on Cape Cod, the light houses on the Hudson in NY, the Poconos, the beaches of Maine... Suck it up... And be sure to have PLENTY of adult beverages on board for when you dock... you will need them!!
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:47 PM   #5
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We live in North Jersey 30 minutes from the GWB and 15 minutes from the Tappan Zee. First thing are not as bad as people say. When you come north, I assume you plan on going into NYC. There is really only one choice to stay near NYC, that being Liberty RV Park, which is really nothing more then a parking lot for the marina. It is a dump but convenient to mass transit into NYC. Getting there is not much fun, fighting your way through Jersey City. Otherwise there are several Walmarts within 40 or 50 minutes to NYC. Lastly if you are a veteran you might want to consider Round Pond Campground at West Point, rustic but nice and a short trip to mass transit into NYC. If you are in this area and have any interest you should include West Point as a stop anyway.

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Old 01-19-2016, 07:00 PM   #6
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You drive in Southern California and you think you'll have more stress on the East coast? You gotta be kidding!

Five or six lanes of bumper to bumper on I-10 during rush hour trying to get over so I can get on the PCH, now that was stress!
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:41 PM   #7
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The US17 is an easy comfortable drive. You can catch US17 in Charleston and take it all the way to Winchester VA. Just south of Winchester you can jump on US15 which will take you north thru Pennsylvania into south central New York. We did US15 last summer. Easy drive north of Harrisburg PA.

You could drive a coach thru DC but I would advise against it. There are several camp grounds outside of DC with Cherry Hill RV Park appearing to be the most convenient for travel into the city. Don't know much about what is available in NYC except Liberty Harbor. Not much more than a parking lot but with the city just across the Hudson River you don't need much more.

Or you just take the I95 like 95% of the other summer travelers heading north or south along the east coast. Just be sure and plan a detour around the under water tunnels in Baltimore. Propane restrictions. And keep cash ready for the toll roads/bridges north of DC. Lots of cash.
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:00 AM   #8
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As you can tell I'm new to writing here. We are driving a 34' MH with a HHR toad. While visiting the main attractions we hope to get into a camp ground and use the easiest form of transportation to get around. If driving and parking aren't an issue then we will drive.
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Outside of DC and NY what other areas are you trying to see? Are you just trying to hit the big cities? Personally I'd be aiming for places like Savannah Ga, Ashville Nc, Cherokee Nc (Great Smokey Mountains), Gatlinburg Tn, Hilton Head Sc, Chincoteague island Va(Assateague island Ml), Williamsburg Va, McHeny Ml, etc. Places that are more charming/scenic I guess.
If you want to visit DC there is Cherry Hill off of 495, as long as you're ok with kids. The Metro bus should get you into DC.

I'd agree with Stealth01, the N.E. states are going to be a headache. The rough roads alone will have you doubting the durability of your rig while hoping your fillings don't fall out at the same time. I used to run back and forth from Va Bch to NYC and DC fairly regularly in a car and I couldn't imagine doing it in my rig. You have to remember to be "assertive" in traffic over there.
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FWIW since I live in upstate NY... What do you want to see and do? If you come up with a bucket list there are a lot of folks here who can cover various bits of it. Some folks want the golf courses and some want the museums. What do you want?

In general avoid the Boston-Washington corridor interstates. There are outer ring bypass routes that are a lot better than trying to go into the city with a MH and towed. If you want to go into the cities use your towed or mass transit to get to a guided tour. You will see and learn more with less stress. If that turns up something you really want to take more time at talk to the tour guides and then plan on something other than the MH. By starting with a tour you will have a clue about what you are getting into. Compare the price of the tour to the price of parking and they get pretty reasonable. ;-)

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