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Old 09-02-2018, 04:54 AM   #1
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Route suggestion; Boston to Florida

I'm looking for the best route to travel from Boston to Florida considering I'm traveling with my 5th wheel. Google suggests going through New York City and taking the GW bridge.

Any suggestions from you New Englanders?
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Old 09-02-2018, 05:57 AM   #2
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When driving truck I always traveled the 84 to 81 and bypassed all things new York. A bit longer but no tolls. More mountainous as I recall but much less traffic.
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Driving this route many times over the last 40 years, my preference is Rt84, RT684, RT287, RT78, RT81. The upper part of RT81 around Scranton and Wilkes Barre was very rough, and heavy construction early this summer and endless trucks. South of the RT78-RT81 interchange RT81 is better maintained in my opinion. If you are headed to the East Coast of FL, you may want to check on RT77 construction in NC. To avoid the RT77 construction you might try RT 64 to RT288 around Richmond to RT95. This worked out very well for us. RT95 is relatively well maintained especially through the Carolinas and GA. Traffic was surprisingly light mid week at the end of June this year.
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We just returned two days ago from upstate NY with our travel trailer to our home on the east coast of Florida. We came down 81, 77, 26 and 95. Lots of big trucks all the way down. Traffic was very heavy, especially Friday, but to be expected right before the Labor Day weekend. There were some rough spots on 81 and 77 and a couple of traffic backups due to construction on 77. The drive through the mountains and Shenandoah Valley was beautiful !
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I'm looking for the best route to travel from Boston to Florida considering I'm traveling with my 5th wheel. Google suggests going through New York City and taking the GW bridge.

Any suggestions from you New Englanders?
IMHO - Timing is Much More Important than Route.


Sorry, but You just need to make some choices usually between Bad and Really Bad - I used to do this a lot, drive between DC and Boston - But it's just not worth it anymore. Roads are Terrible - Traffic is only doable in the wee hours of the Morning and there is no Correct Choice just Bad and Badder. -

So either go as far as you dare around NYC- then pray you miss the BIG POT HOLES as you drive South - In my many travels I have had Bent Rims - Cracked Windshields - Flying debris and Hours of sitting in traffic. -

Pretty sure this is not the Answer you were looking for But it is the Truth. -

After NYC Avoid Philly - DC - Richmond and Atlanta. - -

Best of Luck, -

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Boston to FL

Can't imagine a worse place then the Cross Bronx Expressway even at 3AM. As others have mentioned all the big cities have traffic problems and timing nay be more important. Atlanta might be the toughest nut of all. If you can hit the cities on a weekend morning it will help.
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You do not want to go through NYC, the cross Bronx or the GW at any time! Plenty of reasons to avoid NJ as well. Follow those suggestions that take you around all that. 84 to 81 has been the route I've taken, even when not in the RV.
The other benefit is no tolls that way. The GW bridge is not cheap.
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84 to 81 to 77 to 26 back over to 95. Little longer but less time.
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84 to 81 to 77 to 26 back over to 95. Little longer but less time.
Another vote here for 84 to 81 to 77 to 26 to 95. Simple, avoids big cities. Just be patient and deal politely with the traffic. Lots of trucks all over, especially that 2 lane I81 in VA. Someday VA will join the new age and widen that road - someday?
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It's still a Lot better than dc
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Another vote here for 84 to 81 to 77 to 26 to 95. Simple, avoids big cities. Just be patient and deal politely with the traffic. Lots of trucks all over, especially that 2 lane I81 in VA. Someday VA will join the new age and widen that road - someday?
I plan on taking this route next fall. Any suggestion on campgrounds close to this route? There are not a lot of options. Most will be for only overnight, but a nice state park or something would be nice for a few nights. I will be leaving Normandy Farms/Boston and heading to Charleston, SC.
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I plan on taking this route next fall. Any suggestion on campgrounds close to this route? There are not a lot of options. Most will be for only overnight, but a nice state park or something would be nice for a few nights. I will be leaving Normandy Farms/Boston and heading to Charleston, SC.
The first question is...how far so you like to drive in a day ?

I would leave NF and go 495 to 90 to 84 to Ny/Pa line exit 53 and stay at Tri-State Campground the 1st night---232 miles.....OR
Keep going and dry camp at Mohgan Sun Pa 309 miles....
Then the casino to Lee-Hi Lexington,Va...339 miles.
Then Lee hi to Barnyard Campground Lexington,SC ...341 miles
Then to Charleston...

So the Route would be 495--90--84---81--77--20--26......C
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I plan on taking this route next fall. Any suggestion on campgrounds close to this route? There are not a lot of options. Most will be for only overnight, but a nice state park or something would be nice for a few nights. I will be leaving Normandy Farms/Boston and heading to Charleston, SC.

We were at the end of our travel day heading south on 95 after leaving the Boston area. We pulled into the Delaware Visitor Travel Center and spent the night there in their truck lot. Nice and safe...and it had a Starbucks if I remember correctly.

The next day we plotted a course to Assateague to camp amongst the wild horses at the National Seashore campground.

FWIW, we headed over the Tappan Zee bridge (advice from a MA local) to avoid NYC.
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