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Old 01-16-2013, 07:21 PM   #11
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:31 PM   #12
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If you can go from the Wilson Bridge and all the way down past Frederickburg Va in the wee early moring hours or late at night you will be better off the traffic is bad and this is for coming and going there will be a very good chance you will be setting in traffic.
I do work in DC and every body in the area are always in a hurry to go no wear fast, major roads in the area are nothing but slow moving parking lots at curtain times of the day, and you are going to be traveling around the holidays which makes it worst, I suggest to try and plan your travel timing around these areas and you will be a happy camper.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:03 PM   #13
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I went this way from upstate NY many years ago and kept away from DC not sure its the best but............continue on 81S into Winchester, VA routes 17/50 through Warrenton over to 95S in Frdericksburg, VA ??? not sure best route others will chime in to give their opinions

X2. Very scenic if you travel by day also. If you want a little less elevation change then, the DC route is best traveled between midnight and 6am (well south of DC by 6) or during the weekend.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:46 PM   #14
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I too agree with mikdanmck's I81 to routes 17/50. I've learned that route from seasoned travelers and will be using it myself again come March. I once did the I81 to Roanoke and I77 route, it's longer and too chancey for winter travel if a storm brews up as it goes through the mountains and high elevations.
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I will check the 17/50 tomorrow, too pooped right now !

Thanks for all the advice ! We can not go through DC in middle of the night, our schedule does not allow it. We will be leaving Syracuse around 7 am (our first stop for the night the previous night) and that puts us in DC at day time ...
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I will check the 17/50 tomorrow, too pooped right now !

Thanks for all the advice ! We can not go through DC in middle of the night, our schedule does not allow it. We will be leaving Syracuse around 7 am (our first stop for the night the previous night) and that puts us in DC at day time ...
We spent Christmas/New Years there last year (2011/2012). Since our daughter lives there we do it at least once a year. We've done July, Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years over the past 6 years. I've done both routes going down and coming back. We like the I81 to 17 to I95 the best. There is one short steep hill to climb on 17 just outside Winchester, Va. Other that that, the rest of 17 is rolling hills. If you take I81 further south to I66 east, there is one looonnnnggg hill to climb until you get to where it intersects 17 at the top. After that, just scenic rolling hills all the way to I95 at Fredricksburg, Va.

As Coast to Coast members, we stay at Briarcliffe Resort on 17 between Myrtle & North Myrtle Beach.
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