Pick your poison on that trip.
There are routes to avoid the tolls, but you will be driving well out of your way and what you save in tolls you will burn in gas or diesel!
Let's look at a non-toll route:
- 84 to 684 to 287. Make sure you DO NOT take the Saw Mill Parkway as you may not have bridge clearance!
- 287 takes you to the Tappen Zee where you will get a free ride on your way there but they will get your money on the way back
- Follow 287 all the way down thus avoiding NYC
- You could jump off on NJ RT. 206 which meanders all the down to 295 which then leads to 195. 206 goes through towns, lots of lights, stop and go will kill your gas mileage.
- Off 195, you can take some county roads near Allentown, NJ to get to Rt. 539 (the secret way to the 'shore')
- 539 will take you all the way down to almost Atlantic City. Not a bad route through the Pine Barrens but you will have some lights.
- To continue to avoid tolls, you can then jump on Rt. 9 (Highway 9 from the Bruce Springsteen songs...) which parallels the Garden State Parkway all the way to Cape May.
I would get onto 287 to avoid NYC but take it all the way to the Garden State Parkway. Suck it up and pay the tolls but save money in gas and save a lot of time. If you have a smartphone, download Google Maps to help you avoid traffic.
Tom and Katharine
'07 Winnebago Tour 40TD, 400hp Cummins
RVing for 19 years & 150,000+ miles