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Old 06-06-2016, 07:15 PM   #1
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Trenton, NJ to Chicago, IL

Part of my summer conference schedule has us traveling from Trenton, NJ to just north of Chicago, IL. I have no real preference as to the route, and will have 7 days to travel. What, in your opinion, is the best route to take?

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I live just south of Trenton. I drive out to Oshkosh, WI for the Airshow most summers. My trip takes me through Chicago.

The way I go is the PA turnpike I76 all way across the state into Ohio and merge onto I 80 all the way to Chicago. There are several toll roads going that way I80 in Ohio and Indiana are both toll roads.

If you wanted to do something a little different, on I76 just east of Pittsburgh you could exit the PA turnpike at the New Stanton exit and take I70 across Ohio all the way to Indianapolis where you pick up I65 in Indianapolis to take you to Chicago. This way has a couple cool pit stops if your into cars, motorcycles, and airplanes. First is the AMA motorcycle museum in Pickerington, OH, it's next to I70 and just east of Columbus, OH. Next up is the Air Force airplane museum at Wright Patterson AFB. It's about 10 miles south of I70 not far off of I675. Last would by the museum at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I've never been to the speedway museum so I can't say how it is but the other two are very good.

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FWIW, US 30 is a nice four lane route all the way from Canton, OH to just SE of Chicago. You avoid the toll roads in OH & Indiana if you go that route. The speed limit is 65 for most of it as well and you go through some pretty countryside without having to worry about traffic. If you were to follow I-76 in OH instead of I-80, it will take you to Akron and can go south and connect to it there. I usually get off earlier and take a route around Alliance to avoid Akron but once you're past Canton, it's a nice ride with plenty of places to stop.
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