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Old 01-14-2016, 12:48 PM   #1
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I-95 or I-81 to NYC???

Been researching routes from Charlotte nc to liberty harbor rv park in jersey city. We did this trip last year and rode I-85 to I-95. Stopped off in DC for a few days. Didn't really have any major issues with the route, other than the large $$$ spent on tolls. Planning a trip now for mid May. My gps says using the above route will take 9:50 minutes. As an alternative, going I77 north to I81 to I78 will take 9:54 minutes. Would the addition of the hills on I81 make the I 95 route the better choice? Nothing will be in tow.
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We just went to Florida via I-95 and came back from Texas Via I-81. I think the scenery is much more interesting on I-81. There was also less traffic on I-81.
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I drive from NJ to the FL Keys on pretty much a monthly basis with my 40' MH.

I-77 to I-81 is a MUCH better route. Other than Fancy Gap, there are not many hills to climb.

Once you get to Harrisburg, PA, you'll get on I-78 which you can take to the NJ Turnpike to Liberty.

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The is always less chance for traffic problems using 81. I ask myself the same route question every time I travel to Louisiana. I have been lucky with traffic only once while taking 95. North and south of DC on 95 is one of two ways. It's either good or really very bad lol. When I leave NJ I take 76 over to 81 which adds about 30 minutes to my trip but..... I know it's 30 minutes compared to taking a chance going through the DC area and then the Baltimore tunnel. The 95 route last summer cost us a 2 hour delay and the whole time in traffic I kept saying I should have taken 81 lol.

To be safe I recommend 81. It is a beautiful drive compared to 95 and with no tolls until you get to PA.

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Thanks for all the great advice. Booked liberty harbor for a week beginning May 16'th. and will use I-81. Looking forward to a new driving adventure!!
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I-95 or I-81 to NYC???

I avoid the 95 route all the time and I live in New England. One other option is to go west around Baltimore on the ring road and then go through Harrisburg to pick up 81. You can also stop for a tour of the Harley Davidson factory on this route.
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Hi burgman50,
For me, it is route I 81.
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Oh certainly up77/ 81. Funny I don't really mind driving 45 around DC , I hate driving 95 anywhwetre else, especially from Richmond, VA north.
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The only times I use I-95 is when I travel at night. The area from I-495 beltway to Richmond can be bumper to bumper. It's also a place where you can sit stopped on the road. Day time driving there is hit or miss.
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