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Old 01-06-2014, 05:54 AM   #1
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Question Best route to Gettysburg to avoid tolls?

We'll be visiting Gettysburg (Drummer Boy Campground) late July and will be traveling FROM Sandusky, Ohio......then returning TO the Ann Arbor, Michigan area a week later. Are there any good routes for a Class A motorhome that would AVOID toll roads.....without going through busy cities?
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Can't help but posting to thread so I'll be alerted when others answer!
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With your time restrictions, there are two possible routes but I think your best bet is to swallow the cost of the tolls for the Pa. Turnpike. At the Gettysburg exit, take route U. S. 15 south to Drummer Boy. The cost of fuel for the extra miles of the two routes listed below may equal or exceed the toll cost. U. S. 30 in PA is slow going due to terrain in the mountains and numerous towns.

1. I-70 across Ohio to Washington, Pa., I-79 south to Morgantown, WV, I-68, I-70 to Frederick, MD., U. S. 15 north to Gettysburg.

2. I-80 across Pa. to State College, U.S. 322 to Harrisburg, U.S. 15 south to Gettysburg.

Drummer Boy is a nice campground. If this is your first visit, I suggest hiring a guide if you are taking a toad, if not, take the bus tour with a guide on board. Either will give you a good overall picture of the battle and the battlefield.
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The PA turnpike will cost you a lot and it is not a fun ride, some parts real crappy. I agree with option 2 for getting there:

2. I-80 across Pa. to State College, U.S. 322 to Harrisburg, U.S. 15 south to Gettysburg.

To Ann Arbor, reverse the above take I-77 to Canton and get on US 30. US 30 is a grand road, and you will slow down for some small pretty towns, but will not be "turnpike bored". Take 30 to hwy 68 at Williamston north to I-475 straight into Ann Arbor.

Last Fall we took US 30 all the way from Canton, OH to the Illinois line. A relaxing ride on good roads.
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Thank you so much for your advice and expertise! I've routed our stops on the Good Sam website, and I noticed that it routed us through a "low clearance" area of 13'2" near US 30/West Lincoln. Are there any other areas we should avoid due to low clearance, difficult turns, etc? I've dragged the route through 322, south on 15.......and also I-68, I-70, North on 15. Any spots there to avoid?
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Thank you so much for your advice and expertise! I've routed our stops on the Good Sam website, and I noticed that it routed us through a "low clearance" area of 13'2" near US 30/West Lincoln. Are there any other areas we should avoid due to low clearance, difficult turns, etc? I've dragged the route through 322, south on 15.......and also I-68, I-70, North on 15. Any spots there to avoid?
Dont know about that myself. The route I described had trucks.

But I always read clearance signs. Never a problem, but I still read them.

The other routes you listed are all major highways. I have done them all.
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With your time restrictions, there are two possible routes but I think your best bet is to swallow the cost of the tolls for the Pa. Turnpike. At the Gettysburg exit, take route U. S. 15 south to Drummer Boy. The cost of fuel for the extra miles of the two routes listed below may equal or exceed the toll cost. U. S. 30 in PA is slow going due to terrain in the mountains and numerous towns.

1. I-70 across Ohio to Washington, Pa., I-79 south to Morgantown, WV, I-68, I-70 to Frederick, MD., U. S. 15 north to Gettysburg.

2. I-80 across Pa. to State College, U.S. 322 to Harrisburg, U.S. 15 south to Gettysburg.

Drummer Boy is a nice campground. If this is your first visit, I suggest hiring a guide if you are taking a toad, if not, take the bus tour with a guide on board. Either will give you a good overall picture of the battle and the battlefield.
Drummer boy will also have a CD for sale that will allow you to take the tour in your TOAD. We did it last Summer and it was great, turn by turn directions, and great info about each stop. We were able to go at our own pace and saw some stuff that the busses don't get in to.
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