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Old 12-20-2015, 04:59 PM   #1
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SE PA to Jacksonville FL

Heading to Jacksonville FL on Dec, 30th. How is travelling around DC ?
Going to take I95 route, anything I should be aware of?
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:01 PM   #2
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Yep...both Beltways..especially around rush hours. Just my .02$
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Maybe I79 or 81? I live dead smack in middle of 495/695 and even I avoid them as much as possible.
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Leaving PA just take 495 around DC, try to get there after 8 am, before 2pm

Or at nite, after 8pm

Simple ride Exit 104 in VA good fuel price.
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Thanks, we are leaving Phila. area around 3pm, hopefully it wont be to bad.
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Old 12-20-2015, 06:56 PM   #6
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Thanks, we are leaving Phila. area around 3pm, hopefully it wont be to bad.
Sorry to be so frank, but you're screwed traffic-wise if you leave 12/30 at 3pm. You'll hit the Wednesday rush hour in Wilmington, Baltimore and Washington.

I drive NJ to Key West about once a month so I'm familiar with that route. From my house in NJ near Easton, PA, it's better for me to take 78 to 81 and then cut across Rt. 17 from Winchester, VA to Fredricksburg, VA to get back to 95. That route adds only 23 minutes to the drive and is always much less hassle than the DC route with less tolls. Also keep in mind that if you have propane, you can't use the Baltimore tunnel and have to go out to the Key bridge.

If you stick with the DC route, use Google Maps to help direct you around the inevitable traffic jam you will encounter. Also have your EZPass handy and charged with $$$ for the tolls.

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Don't forget propane is not allowed in the tunnels through Baltimore, if you have propane you can take the western loop or take the Key bridge.


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Heading to Jacksonville FL on Dec, 30th. How is travelling around DC ?
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It's a little different but how about down through Delaware and across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. There is a big parking lot at the north end of the bridge that is a great over night stop.
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The last couple of times I have avoided Baltimore/Washington on I-95 by taking US301. I pick it up US301 (via Rt. 896) at the exit just after the Delaware Rest Stop on I-95 (or the Rt 1 exit to Rt. 71 to 301). 301 takes you to Rt. 50 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at Annapolis and on the other side take the exit for US301 South. If you stay on US301 it will take you to I-295 and if you go south on I-295 you avoid Richmond. Sometimes at Bowling Green MD (after Fort AP Hill) I jump on 207 which takes me to I-95 above Richmond at Ruther Glen where there is a Flying J with RV Pumps. With an exception of a few miles it is two lanes each way. There are some traffic lights with plenty of places to stop. My experiences have been pretty good with traffic moving right along. On paper it may take longer than I-95 but to me it is always worth it as there is nothing I cringe more at than stop and go traffic.
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I would wait until 4:30 to leave the Philly area. Then take 95 to 695 west to 95 . You will avoid either tunnel,as propane is prohibited in both.695 can be rough between 4 and 6 o'clock,495-95 is a nightmare until about 6:30. Another option is 95 to 695 west to 97south to 50 west to 301 south to 207 to 95 south.There is a single Lane bridge at the Virginia Maryland border that some are not comfortable crossing.
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The last couple of times I have avoided Baltimore/Washington on I-95 by taking US301. I pick it up US301 (via Rt. 896) at the exit just after the Delaware Rest Stop on I-95 (or the Rt 1 exit to Rt. 71 to 301). 301 takes you to Rt. 50 across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at Annapolis and on the other side take the exit for US301 South. If you stay on US301 it will take you to I-295 and if you go south on I-295 you avoid Richmond. Sometimes at Bowling Green MD (after Fort AP Hill) I jump on 207 which takes me to I-95 above Richmond at Ruther Glen where there is a Flying J with RV Pumps. With an exception of a few miles it is two lanes each way. There are some traffic lights with plenty of places to stop. My experiences have been pretty good with traffic moving right along. On paper it may take longer than I-95 but to me it is always worth it as there is nothing I cringe more at than stop and go traffic.
This is an excellent suggestion, especially considering the time of day and date you are leaving. The <ONLY> congestion you're likely to encounter is around the Waldorf/La Plata area. Other than that, the whole route is clear sailing.

The only caveat is that it will be dark by the time you hit the Annapolis Bay Bridge, and 301 down through eastern VA can be kinda desolate compared to I-95.
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Having traveled that route several times, I would suggest going west on I78 to I81 south, then to I77 to I26 to I95. This is much less stressful and the roads are good. You avoid Wilmington, Baltimore, DC and Richmond. A few more miles but probably equivalent in time and nerves end up in much better condition.
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Thanks everyone, I'm going the 81 route, after looking at the map I'll go 81s to 77s to 26e, looks like the best route. Thank you BoA36
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Thanks everyone, I'm going the 81 route, after looking at the map I'll go 81s to 77s to 26e, looks like the best route. Thank you BoA36
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If you have a day or two to spare on the trip, stop off I77 at Mt Airy, NC. It's the incarnation of Andy Griffith's Mayberry. The Mayberry Campground there is very well kept and is a Passport America campground.

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