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Old 01-12-2015, 09:29 AM   #1
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Avoiding NY city

Looking for a good route from Cape Cod Mass to Atlanta that doesn't go near New York city. All the routes take you close to the big apple
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:52 AM   #2
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Go west young lady, then south. That whole I 95 corridor is usually jammed up anytime I had to venture that far east. Try dropping down to I86 which runs across southern NY State then jump off that to head south. Atlanta is west of you anyway. Once your away from the whole east coast big city mess, the drive gets much easier. IMO
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:55 AM   #3
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Take MA Turnpike to I-84, across CT and upper NY, then take I-81 in PA, all the way to points south. It's a bit more "west," but you avoid NYC, all of NJ, Philly, Wilmington, Baltimore, DC, and Richmond, and its all easy towing. You will hit smaller cities like Hartford, Danbury, WB/Scranton, Harrisburg, Winchester and Roanoke VA, but all have pretty low traffic issues compared to the ones you're avoiding!
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I live and work in the Philly metro plus work out of our NYC office many days each month. So, I know the worst of it and laugh at just about everyone except LAers when I hear people complain about their traffic!

I think Taranwanderer has given you a fantastic route!
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Are you a Good Sam's member? They have a Trip planner that will allow you to set RV specific requirements, as well as avoid highways or tolls, but one of the features I like is that you can drag the route to change it and it will make all of the necessary adjustments. It would be nice if you could pre-load your detours, but the drag option does the same thing.
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Take MA Turnpike to I-84, across CT and upper NY, then take I-81 in PA, all the way to points south. It's a bit more "west," but you avoid NYC, all of NJ, Philly, Wilmington, Baltimore, DC, and Richmond, and its all easy towing. You will hit smaller cities like Hartford, Danbury, WB/Scranton, Harrisburg, Winchester and Roanoke VA, but all have pretty low traffic issues compared to the ones you're avoiding!
X3. Having lived in southern NY and north central MD (I81), this is the best way to avoid NYC (and NJ). We traveled back and forth between NY and Myrtle Beach from MD for 10 years to visit family and vacation. As mentioned, this is the best western route around the I95/eastern Metro areas. Depending on when you propose to do this, my only concern would be traveling through the mountains of NY and PA to Harrisburg during the winter. There are 2 mountain grades in NY between CT and PA that climb and decend about 1000 feet. However, PA is another story. There are numerous mountain ranges from the PA line (Delaware River) to Harrisburg that can be quite challenging. But, it sure beats the I95 corridor frustrations any day. Especially since there are numerous campgrounds along I81 where you can go to wait out any inclement weather.

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X3. Having lived in southern NY and north central MD (I81), this is the best way to avoid NYC (and NJ). We traveled back and forth between NY and Myrtle Beach from MD for 10 years to visit family and vacation. As mentioned, this is the best western route around the I95/eastern Metro areas. Depending on when you propose to do this, my only concern would be traveling through the mountains of NY and PA to Harrisburg during the winter. There are 2 mountain grades in NY between CT and PA that climb and decend about 1000 feet. However, PA is another story. There are numerous mountain ranges from the PA line (Delaware River) to Harrisburg that can be quite challenging. But, it sure beats the I95 corridor frustrations any day. Especially since there are numerous campgrounds along I81 where you can go to wait out any inclement weather.

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X4! 81 is such a nice drive compared to 95. I've done the drive down to Charlotte 3 times now, and the scenery beats anything you'll see on 95. The cities you'll pass through, as said, have nowhere near the traffic of 95. If you're not in a hurry Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway are parallel to 81 if you want to check out a vista or two. Looks like there's a few options to get from 81 to Atlanta. If you run down 77 to Charlotte, be aware the grade down the mountain from Fancy Gap to the NC state line is no joke. Be very cautious in bad weather, the fog is horrible, first time I went through, it looked like a junkyard.
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The mountain grades coming across CT and NY on I-84 are fairly gentle. Once you hit I-81, you'll have several mountain ranges to get over between Scranton and Harrisburg, the steepest one being just south of the I-80/I-81 intersection, just north of Hazleton, PA. The rest of them are cake, all the way to VA. I live in NEPA and travel this section of I-81 a good bit. I've been down VA way twice in the last few months, and the only hill that even comes close is the one leading up to Blacksburg VA.

All in all, it's still a way better option than anything near NYC and the I-95 corridor...
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X5 84w, 287s, 78w, 81s, 77s, 26e to 95s. Only way to go.
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X5 84w, 287s, 78w, 81s, 77s, 26e to 95s. Only way to go.

This is another good way to go too. I84 west, I87 south, I287 down through north central NJ, 78 west (toll in PA at the Delaware River crossing) to I81 south and all points further south.

This route is a little less treacherous as far as mountainous grades go. And, no long term construction that has been ongoing on I81 south of Scranton.
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