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Old 01-08-2013, 02:00 PM   #1
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Best route around Washington DC ! In winter trying to avoid snowy areas.

We will be spending the next Christmas and new years in Mrytle Beach, SC !

We will be coming down on I81 and we want to avoid the Washington DC traffic ! Last time we did this (3 years ago) I had an excellent route given to me but I lost it ! it was all small roads but worked like a charm !

Does anyone have a best route to go around DC and to get to I95 when coming south on I81 ?

Thanks a ton !

P.S. And yes I am already super excited for this trip ! two weeks of heaven in middle of winter
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:24 PM   #2
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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
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:35 PM   #3
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Was that route hilly and high elevation ? We will be hitting it on December 21'st and I normally try to stay on low ground at that time of the year.


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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
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:44 PM   #4
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Stay on I81 S to Roanoke, VA then take 220 S to Myrtle Beach.
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Umm, I am trying to stay on low ground and avoid mountains and snow thanks regardless !

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Stay on I81 S to Roanoke, VA then take 220 S to Myrtle Beach.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:01 PM   #6
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I think the belt around DC (I-495) to the west from I-81 is still the way to go.
Streets & trips shows that route to be 7 hours and 44 minutes from the PA/Maryland border at I-81 to Myrtle Beach. (518 miles)

If you stay on I-81 to Staunton and get on I-64; then belt around Richmond on Rt -288 to I-95 the program shows it will take 8 hours and 46 minutes. (576 miles)

IMO if you travel on a weekend you can save the hour even with construction on the west I-495 belt. If you travel during the week (or GFB during rush hour) take the long way. You will be over an hour in traffic in DC.

For comparison, the program shows Biscuit's route to be 8 hours 31 minutes(539 miles) with rt 220 being mostly country roads. I think lights and through town traffic will make that route a bit longer than the flight plan shows.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:02 PM   #7
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Goomph: I travel from Chenango County NY and take 81s to 66 east to 17s and go around the east side of Warrenton Va. Continue on 17 to 95 south. This eliminates both the VA and DC beltway. From Winchester to 95 is 76.7 miles.
Also there is a great campground called Candy Hill that is open for overnight stay.
I tow a 34' Rockwood with a Chevy 1/2 ton with a small v8.
I have been going this way for years and stayed at Candy Hill many times.

If you stay near Pirate Land and go to a buffet just south of the camp ground be careful. The parking lot is well lit but there are a lot of auto break ins in that area. They did a smash and grab on our car. The police said it is a bad area for thefts. Regards; Frank
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skip the whole thing, use 81,,,to ,,,,,77...to 26,,,to 95,,,,way less traffic, better roads and only about 30 miles added to journey. One problem on 95 = 1/2 day of travel lost.... JMHO
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