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Old 06-04-2021, 05:21 AM   #1
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Which route to take from Maine to Kentucky

We are leaving tomorrow from Maine to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. The Creation Museum is right under Cincinatti, Ohio. The quickest route is going high and dropping into Ohio. I am trying to figure out which is the best route with a 34 foot 1995 class A motorhome in requards to hills and tolls?
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For minimal tolls you could go 95-495-90-84-81-80-76-71

For ease of driving but slightly more tolls I would go 95-495-90-87-84-81-80-76-71
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90 all the way across NY is the most expensive option
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Is it flatter driving going high, than going across Pennsylvania ?
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PA has plenty of ups and downs but nothing challenging. Scott 3's route is what I would do.
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Old 06-04-2021, 03:00 PM   #6
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Just curious why you would do the high route through NY I90?

I looked up the toll for NY thru way of I90, and then called to confirm. She said yes, that sounds right to go from entering I90 in Mass thru to I90 in PA (which would be the whole I90 in NY) is $39.69 one way with an out of state EZ Pass.


Is the other way that expensive? It doesn't look like it. And depending on which time of day you put it in Google maps depends on the time. When I just checked both routes were the same time. Yesterday I think the NY route was quicker.

The $39.69 is just one way and only part of the trip. The other tolls coming out of New England...we are very aware of!
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If planning to cross the Brent Spence Bridge that carries I-71 and I-75 traffic over the Ohio River, you might want to check on conditions and traffic congestion. They are currently painting the bridge and they have various lane closures on the bridge.

https://www.brentspencebridgeinfo.org/

Have fun at the Creation Museum, and you might want to check out the ARC Encounter. There are combination ticket that include both places for a reduced price.
https://arkencounter.com/



Also, if you can want, camp at Big Bone Lick State Historic Park.
https://parks.ky.gov/union/parks/his...waAhoKEALw_wcB

I found it fascinating back 30 years ago when we used to take Girl Scout, church youth and middle school groups there camping every year. The kids loved it!
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For minimal tolls you could go 95-495-90-84-81-80-76-71

For ease of driving but slightly more tolls I would go 95-495-90-87-84-81-80-76-71
The first one is the way I would go. Much shorter and less tolls. I would plan before Cincinnati to exit I-71 and taking I-275 around Cincinnati.
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The first one is the way I would go. Much shorter and less tolls. I would plan before Cincinnati to exit I-71 and taking I-275 around Cincinnati.
This is the way we decided to go.


Thanks everyone for your help!! Much appreciated!
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Thanks Bigd9 for the heads up about the bridge!

We are going to the Creation Museum and the Ark encounter. We have lifetime passes!
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Just be prepared that I-84 from just East and North of Hartford to the bridge over the Hudson at Newburgh will likely be crazy busy. There is so much population along that corridor that the traffic can be very heavy. You just need to be patient and go with the flow. We head to New England often and that's typically the way we've gone. We also do the I-71 to I-90 route, but the tolls do add up that way.
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Just curious why you would do the high route through NY I90?

I looked up the toll for NY thru way of I90, and then called to confirm. She said yes, that sounds right to go from entering I90 in Mass thru to I90 in PA (which would be the whole I90 in NY) is $39.69 one way with an out of state EZ Pass.
For a 2 axle motorhome.

You have to add cost if you're towing anything.

It's $75.12 if you're a 2 axle motorhome towing a car (or a truck pulling a 2 axle trailer).

https://wwwapps.thruway.ny.gov/tollcalculator/
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This is the way we decided to go.


Thanks everyone for your help!! Much appreciated!
Check before you get to Columbus. They have been working on the I-71/I-70 roadway there for a couple of years, last year they were still on it. Also on the south side of Columbus they are working on the I-71/I-270 road. This road work was going for about 7 miles the last time we were thru there, November 2020.
If it is still in progress, we would always take the following route:
get off at the 130 exit (Delaware)
go west to Delaware pick up the Rt 42 south
take 42 south all the way thru London, Ohio take ST RT 38 east back to 71 south.

In Plain City there is a small county RV park that would be a good overnight stop. Plus there is a restaurant called "Der Dutchman". Buffet style based on Amish cooking. Plenty of room for RV parking.
South on 42 is the RT 42/I-70 junction, right there is a TA truck stop and 100 yards down the road is Speedway truck place.

If you want to stop before Columbus there is a place at exit 140 on I-71 called Cardinal Center. If this place you need to plan on reservation as it is huge and they do trap shooting there. If there is an international or a national shoot, you will not find a site.
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If youíre an FMCA member you may stay *very* inexpensively at the FMCA RV park in Newtown, on the east side of Cincinnati.
Three nights free, then $10/ night thereafter, was the fee structure a few years ago, iirc. Itís about 35-40 min from the Museum.
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