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Old 02-28-2016, 12:34 PM   #1
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Driving to Providence Rhode Island

In June I'll be driving from northern Illinois to Providence Rhode Island. My wife is taking a class out there and I'll be camping solo for a few days with our two dogs. I've got a couple of questions for those of you from the east side of the country.

First map quest shows me a couple of routes is preferred route goes through Pennsylvania and takes 287 Aston's New York City and then cuts up through Connecticut to Rhode Island. The other route goes north to Buffalo and Albany New York before going south through Massachusetts to Providence.

Is there any preference on routes? There's only a 15 minute difference between the two. I would think that the northern route would see less traffic than going close to NYC.

Second does anyone have recommendations for campgrounds within an hour or so of Providence? There doesn't seem to be anything very close to the city.
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I like this place it's pretty close to Providence

Fishermens Memorial State Park, RI - Campground & Camping Details - ReserveAmerica - [RI]

I explored a lot of those forts back in the late 50's.

If AC is really important for your stay check with them first as they used to have a lot of "no AC" time a few years back as their electrical system was outdated but I think they have updated since then with some new sites.
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Thanks for the lead at Fisherman's they are full up with our without water and electric.
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287 around New York is fine with an RV. It is far enough from the city and it is a common route those of us north of the city to take when heading south.
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Try Normandy Farms campground in Foxboro, MA. Less than an hour to Providence and things to do in the vicinity. Ashaway Resort in southern RI is new and near all the coastal beaches, about an hour to Providence.
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I would avoid the 287 to 95 route. Every time I succumb to the temptation of that route I suffer for it. Heavy traffic, bad roads, accidents, construction, back ups - nothing but misery.

On the other hand the Buffalo, Albany route seems too far north.

What I would do (and have done) is take 80 east all the way to Hazleton PA then north on 81 to Scranton PA then east on 84 to Hartford CT then 384 east to Bolton CT then 6 east all the way to Providence.

I've made the trip from the Mid Atlantic states to RI many, many times over the last 35 years. On paper the shortest route for me is always over the George Washington Bridge in NY. Second shortest is over the Tappan Zee Bridge. I actually once made it in a car from Manchester NH to Virginia in 9 hours over the GW bridge on a Sunday morning in the springtime. But that was like winning the lottery. Odds are if you're heading over the Tappan Zee bridge on 287 heading for 95 and up the CT coast - you're heading for trouble.
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