“I would like to avoid toll roads if possible, if not any suggestions for pre paid toll like EZ Pass.”
Traveling from Maine through Canada to the Michigan Upper Peninsula is a good way to avoid tolls. There are tolls around Toronto. I have not used them for a few years. I paid cash at toll booths then. I am not sure you can still do that now.
Traveling south of the Great Lakes makes it very hard to avoid tolls. There is a route from New York State to Wisconsin that only uses short stretches of toll roads. It is complicated and takes twice as long. A Garmin GPS can plot it for you. The route involves lots of city streets.
Paying tolls in that corridor has changed a lot in the last 3 years. Most of the cash lanes have been removed or are not active anymore.
Theoretically you can pay by logging on to each state’s toll website. Do it soon after passing the automated plate reader. Delays often bring $25 fines as well as double tolls. Sometimes the tolls don’t show on the website until after the fines are due.
It is easier to get an EZPass. Each State will open an account for you. One account is good in all EZPass states. I live in Wisconsin. Wisconsin does not have toll roads. I got my pass from North Carolina. Allow a couple of weeks to get the transponder in the mail.
EZPass is not used west of Minnesota. There is pass system available that covers almost the entire US. It has a monthly fee.
Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas have an interconnected system. West of the Great Planes I don’t know about.