Best driving route to Florida

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  1. Pizzaman Chris

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    Yes, you heard it right, It's almost that time again. :)

    I usually take 95S all the way. Mass Pike to Conn and then thru NY, George W. Bridge, NJ Pike, Delaware Bridge, Maryland, DC, Virginia, etc...

    I have customers, that have been driving down there longer then me, tell me to go another way. They say it might ad a hour or two. I really don't know what route they mention. One person tells me to thru Upstate NY and a couple of them tell me to go thru PA.

    I have been driving the same route for 8 years now (twice a year) and I've gotten used of it. But if there's better route, I'll try it.

    So does any of my fellow New Englanders have this "Better Route?"

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Davesvt2000

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    Not sure what part of Florida you go to, but how about the way I usually go to Charlotte and Atlanta, 84 to 81, past Roanoke VA., pick up 77 south to Charlotte, then pick up 85 to Atlanta. From Atlanta you could take 75 to Florida.

    This keeps you away from most major cities, no tolls, less traffic, etc.
     
  3. Ashman

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    #3 Ashman, Jan 9, 2009
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    Could they be talking about taking 81 South through Harrisburg, PA and then through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia? It's further west than 95 but you avoid all of the crap going through NY City/New Jersey and then DC which, depending on time of day, can be pretty congested. There are some ways to get on 81 South coming out of NE, mainly by staying on 84W to Scranton and picking up 81 there.

    Things get dicey though as you go through western VA unless you cut back east through Charlottesville on Rt 64 and back on 95. I suppose you could go through Roanoke instead and then take 77 South through Charlotte NC and then Columbia SC and picking up 95 south of there. Parts of that route should be very scenic but I have to believe that the time added will be a lot more than a couple of hours though. Map it to see for sure because depending on what part of Florida you are going to, it may not be so long. I hear that Jacksonville for instance is something like 300 miles west of Miami and almost directly due south of Akron, Ohio!

    Okay, late edit, just did a quick google map of the routes from my house to Jacksonville and the more western route through Columbia is 17 hr 41 min vs. 15 hours and 35 min. via 95 all the way. Plus 2 hours and 6 minutes. Go figure!

    John
     
  4. Ray G

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    Good thread, I was just thinking of driving down to FL myself. Chris, how long does it take you to get there usually?
     
  5. Pizzaman Chris

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    Thanks for the tips guys. :)

    Like you said it's timing trying to get threw the main citys. But once you get threw VA. it's not bad.

    Ray, i go Marco Island.
    I do pretty good. Takes me 30hrs of straight driving. I can make it to the Florida border before i run out of steam.
     
  6. vunico

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    i'm heading south for the cavallino next week and although inland routes sound appealing 9 months a year,it might be a bit dicey in january...especially in my little tt !
    btw,if you like bbq,don't miss the GA PIG just off 95 in southern georgia...ummm
     
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  8. Pizzaman Chris

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    I'll be swinging over there too. Look for me, i'll be dressed as a tourist. :)
     
  9. vunico

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    at the cav or the pig ??
    in either case,i'll be the one drooling...
     
  10. DonJuan348

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    are you driving your 308 to FL?
     
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    #10 Pizzaman Chris, Jan 10, 2009
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    At Cavalino.

    We can always meet at this place in South Carolina for a nice meal. ;)
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    #11 Pizzaman Chris, Jan 10, 2009
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    She's not quite ready for a road trip. :eek:
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  13. WAR EGL

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    I spent 9 years driving back and forth between CT and Auburn and it is the exact route that I went (at least to Atlanta). It added a lot of miles, but typically cut about 5 hours off the trip v. going 95. You'll have to balance that savings with the fact that you'll be adding time to get from Atlanta to Marco Island.
     
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    u r no fun Chris thought you were driving down for cavallino
     
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    This route looks promising. I'll have to bring up a map to see the route.

    So you're saying 84 to 81 and then 77 all the way down and then just connect to 95?

    Is that route a interstate highway? Rest areas like 95?

    Thanks
     
  17. WAR EGL

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    I84 to Scranton PA, then I81 to Wytheville, VA where you pick up I77 South. I can't speak for I77 past Charlotte as that's where I got on I85, but it looks like you can take 77 to Columbia SC, then take I26 from Columbia to I95. Interstates all the way.
     
  18. Davesvt2000

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    I too can't speak for 77 past Charlotte, but the rest of the way, yes, rest areas, lots of truck stops, etc...

    Can get a bit boring here and there, not much to see, but a nice ride overall. And yes again, major routes, two lanes each way, divided highways. And watch out for the Staties in Virginia, they are STRICT !!!! they like to sit up at the top of ramps, and aim the radar down from behind you as you go by...
     
  19. Pizzaman Chris

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    #17 Pizzaman Chris, Jan 13, 2009
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    Well guys, i took a look at my options and i think this route will work for me.

    84 to 81 then to 77 and then cut across on 26 and connect to 95 in SC.

    What do you think?
     
  20. WAR EGL

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    Do it, and let us know how it goes. If it isn't still closed for the winter, jump off on to the Blue Ridge Parkway from Roanoake,VA to Fancy Gap - well worth the extra time.
     
  21. Ashman

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    Sounds like a very good plan. Please report how it works out. When do you leave?

    John
     
  22. ProCoach

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    That's a great, easy route.
     
  23. Pizzaman Chris

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    Will do.

    What part are you saying might be closed?

    I'm leaving this Sunday. :)
     
  24. WAR EGL

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    Forgot to mention (probably because I'm in Key West and was drinking when I left my last post), check online before you leave as to whether the Blue Ridge Parkway is open or not - its aggravating as hell when you drive out of your way to take it and find out its closed for the winter. Added a few hours to a drive to Tampa one winter - I was most displeased.
     
  25. vunico

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    just left the AAA office and the gal said there are construction slowdowns on 81 at this time...
     
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    Chris, FYI, from Leominster, I can usually make it to Roanoke in 10 hours +/-, Hillsville / Galax Va. on I 77 in 12 hours, and Charlotte in 14 hours.
     
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    Pizzaman, make sure they cook the steak well done! ;)
     
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    That is a simple way to go. Make sure you save 4 hours of videotape for the Florida section. You will want to replay that portion of the trip when you get back!
    The site of the Florida mountains at sunrise is one to remember...
    :D
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  29. WAR EGL

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    Doesn't matter when you drive I81, there are always construction slowdows. Still infinitely better than I95...
     
  30. Pizzaman Chris

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    Bill, you going to Cavalino? I think i have your number from last time.
     
  31. vunico

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    infinitely ? curious why you feel so strongly about this...scenery?traffic?tolls?
    i start at 4 am on sat.,so traffic through the big cities is minimal
     
  32. Pizzaman Chris

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    Hey guys, the new route that i will be taking, is it a higher elevation for any snow problems?
     
  33. rdefabri

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    Drive down from NJ at least 2 times a year (kids + Disney), can't speak of traffic from NE to NJ. However, other than part of Delaware and the DC / VA area, you're not going to hit much traffic on 95S. Yes, there's always a bit of construction, but still best bet as you can pretty much fly.

    Where in Marco are you going? Was just down there last year - we got a kick out of the "Lubbers" - giant grasshoppers that taste like crap to birds and "spit" if you bother them.
     
  34. Pizzaman Chris

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    We have a Condo on South Seas Tower. First main Condos off Collier Drive.

    Been going there 15 years and to tell you the truth, i havn't seen those giant grasshoppers.
     
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    That sure is, isn't it!!??? No wonder they call that the "PCH of the East"!

    ;-p
     
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    Wow - been there just this once and they were EVERYWHERE! Never saw anything like it, and my 2 little girls thought they were the coolest things. I have some awesome pics of a few - multi colored and huge.

    Didn't realize they spat...found that out on Wiki.
     
  37. WAR EGL

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    Time. Drove 95 back and forth for three years before exploring other options. Best time on 95 was still 4.5 hours slower than this route's worst time regardless of what time I left. I guess it depends on what you are looking for - but the scenery is better on this route too (at least imho).
     
  38. WAR EGL

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    Time drag from NE is always NYC, Philly, and DC - adds huge time to drive. One time I did the drive and it took me 10 hours to get 45 miles south of DC.
     
  39. Pizzaman Chris

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    Looks like a big snow storm for Sunday. :( I might have to go my original route.

    Now i'm debating if i should leave right after i close the pizza shop on Saturday and try to beat it.
     
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    We Were up at Ocean City, Maryland.... We took 95 South all the way.... FAST AND FUN!!!
     
  41. WAR EGL

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    Wooo hoooo. That would keep my stuck in Key West. That would be awful, and I would hate having to call the boss and tell her I won't be back when expected. :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
     
  42. Pizzaman Chris

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    Hey guys,

    Got to Marco around 2pm Monday.

    I thought they said it would start in the afternoon?? I hit the road around 3am Saturday and it was already piling up. What a pain and sloooow ride. I lost about 4hrs driving 40mph on 495 and the Pike and Conn.

    I went my old route (95S) I didn't want to gamble going west with the storm.


    I'll post some pictures of me in my Speedos tomorrow for you guys. :)
     
  43. Ashman

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    So we have to wait until you come back to find out how that western route works? Bummer! When will that be?
     
  44. Pizzaman Chris

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    Yeah, i chicken out. :eek: I just didn't want to push my luck going a new route with the snow. I'll see what happens when i come back in three weeks. :)

    My father told me it snowed til 3pm Saturday.
     
  45. vunico

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    glad you made it safely,chris...
    i stayed one step ahead of the snow but didn't hit 50 degrees till florida...crazy
     

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