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Old 07-11-2015, 07:54 AM   #1
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I know it's early but going to be traveling from Syracuse to Port Charlotte next January and was looking for suggestions on routes. Would like to avoid major cities as much as possible, am traveling in a 45 foot class A with a Harley on a lift in back and towing a Jeep Wrangler. Thanks for the ideas
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With the help of Streets & Trips 2013 from MS, this is probably the quickest road for a ± 1525 milles ride
- I-81 south ± 615 mi
- I-77 south ± 119 mi
- I-85 south ± 318 mi
- I-75 south ± 473 mi

Another route can be by using:

- I-81 ± 619 mi
- I-77 ± 229 mi
- I-26 ± 53 mi
- I-95 ± 245 mi
- US301 ±83 mi
- I-75 ± 181 mi

this route is ± 1412 milles but much more traffic using the I-95
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With the help of Streets & Trips 2013 from MS, this is probably the quickest road for a ± 1525 milles ride
- I-81 south ± 615 mi
- I-77 south ± 119 mi
- I-85 south ± 318 mi
- I-75 south ± 473 mi

Another route can be by using:

- I-81 ± 619 mi
- I-77 ± 229 mi
- I-26 ± 53 mi
- I-95 ± 245 mi
- US301 ±83 mi
- I-75 ± 181 mi

this route is ± 1412 milles but much more traffic using the I-95

I've driven my coach over both of these routes and portions of these routes for years. I would choose the second every time. I hate driving through Atlanta and avoid it when ever possible. I'm unconvinced that the traffic on I95 is heavier than on I75. If you want to cut out the stop & go traffic and the little towns on US301, just bypass Jacksonville on the west bypass to I10 and take I10 to I75. Not much more Milage and you cut some hassle.

If your schedule allows, stop at a campground close to Mt Airy, NC. It's Mayberry Campground and is very well managed. Mt Airy has capitalized on the Andy Griffith iconic "Mayberry". A Pork chop sandwich at the Snappy Lunch is a trip back to the 50's.


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I-95 in S. Carolina is only two lanes but three once you get to Ga line. All SC Interstates are patched and more rough than many others. Having just traveled both I can also tell you that you do not want to do Atlanta 1-75 and if you are early in the morning or anytime after 3pm in the afternoon, their ring roads are parking lots......do be aware in scheduling your trip. Happy Trails to you.
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We are from nearby in Cicero and go back and forth every winter to the Florida Keys.

I don't have the miles handy but here is our route. Kind of got stuck going that way so can't really say if it is better than the other routes.

81 to route 66 near Front Royal Va.
66 to 17 near Mashall
17 to Fredericksburg where we pick up 95

Some of 17 is two lanes but very pretty country.
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Hi DRL1950,
Take the route down I 81 to I 40 to I 75. I do not like Atlanta either. However, if you plan to go through Atlanta between 10 AM and 2 PM all should go well. Also, I always drive straight through. I do not take the beltways. I have friends in Atlanta. Visit the city a couple of times a year.
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I run the second route but take A1A to 301 just after the Florida line, then take 301 to Florida 626 over to I75, this is a good way to cross over. I just came up this way this spring with no problems.
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What do you all do about the no propane signs on I-95 going through the tunnel at Baltimore? Or such signs anywhere for that matter?
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I81 to I77 to I26 to I95 you bypass DC and Baltimore You pick up I95 right outside of Charleston, SC. There are no tunnels this route.
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Knoxville, Chattanooga,Birmingham,Monygomery, Mobile - Then the Panhandle of Fla with great Nightly stops. We go this way, and know it is a little inefficient, but it is a great ride.

Matter of fact, we are in Plattsburg Ny now, heading to:Richfield Ohio, Parkers burg WVa, The Bourbon Trail & Bardstown Ky- and plan to stroll back home to Fla , on that route,in a few
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I have made the trip from upstate SC to the Florida west coast many times and have also driven the northern part through PA. For me the easiest is I-81; I-77; I-26; I-95; I-10; US-301; I-75

I-81 around Scranton and Wilkes-Barre is a bit rough, as is about 100 miles of I-95 in SC. I-95 is 3 or 4 lanes (each way) all the way through GA. US-301 is divided highway with only a dozen or so traffic lights over the 60 miles, and most of those are in Starke.
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I appreciate all the replies it's all great info and I will be sure to use it come January, thanks!
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What do you all do about the no propane signs on I-95 going through the tunnel at Baltimore? Or such signs anywhere for that matter?
You have to take the beltway around Baltimore to cross the bridge instead of the tunnel.
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I know it's early but going to be traveling from Syracuse to Port Charlotte next January and was looking for suggestions on routes. Would like to avoid major cities as much as possible, am traveling in a 45 foot class A with a Harley on a lift in back and towing a Jeep Wrangler. Thanks for the ideas
I do the same trip 4 times a year, the trip down to 77 on 81 is decent, fancy gap and a few other big hills, typically not a big deal the weather can get a little crappy, between jacksonville and the gulf coast, I used to take the 301 but to many slow sections, stops etc and and to many speed traps and no real saving over taking 95 to Daytona and over to Tampa and down 75 to your destination, its all about the timing, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville if you catch them right are fine, by the way take the jacksonville bypass, straight through is a daunting run, I now take 81 south to Harrisburg, south on 15 to 270, south to 495, bypass Washington to close to Richmond and 95 all the way south, plenty of stops, lots of fuel, no hills past Washigton flat and straight.

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