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Old 02-27-2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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Best route, time, and day Cincinnati to DC

My family and I are attending the cherry blossom rally next month and I was wondering best route from Cincinnati, Ohio to Washington D.C.? Have a fifth wheel with 3/4 truck. Rally starts Tuesday April 2 but I can leave as early as Saturday March 30. Would like to get to Cherry Hill park at least by Monday. It is Easter weekend not sure if that will help or hurt any ideas which days would be best? I prefer to drive during day and wouldn't be opposed to quick over night stop if needed. Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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CAn't help with routes from Cincinnati, but traffic in DC area can be horrific........ but weekends are best.... less traffic toward DC in the evening (workers going away) away from DC in the AM (cause workers going) into DC
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:46 AM   #3
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I can't help with the Cincinnati side of things, but I do live about 10 miles due north of Cherry Hill park. The standard Google directions bring you I-70 then down 270 to 495. I wouldn't do this if you paid me to.

Instead, if you're not adverse to tolls (which you'll have already paid a crap ton driving out the OH/PA turnpikes if you take them), you can do I-70 then down I-270 to Rt. 200 to I-95 (link to google maps).

If you want to avoid this section for tolls, you can do I-70 to Rt. 32 to I-95 (link to google maps).

The holiday weekend is going to be heavily traveled. Some schools in this area are on Spring Break that first weekend in April. Driving Mondays and Tuesdays in the DC area are the best for driving. People telecommute and it only gets worse the later in the week you get. If at all possible, try to hit the DC area mid-day from 10am-3pm; after 3pm until 6-7pm is going to be much more busy.

Coming out of Cincinnati - Google offers some unique routes. The first option is the OH/PA turnpike. The other option seems to be some Rt. 32 to Rt 50. The second one looks neat, but I don't know the area at all.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:31 PM   #4
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CincyEd,we went to the CherryB Fest Rally last year Great Time,we went (70) to Washington,PA KOA,I advise this stop so that you are rested for the (DC) part the next day! We left Wash.,PA on (79) South,to (68) East,(68) east is a Beautiful drive,did I tell you about the DC loop? Go to a NASCAR track and pull your 5er,if you think Kyle Bush will let you change lanes to Win then you will do fine on the Loop. Fasten your seatbelts and Good LUCK! Those people NEVER sleep,and they drive like Nuts,so I cant tell you the (Best)? time to enter or leave. Good Luck! Youroo!!
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That's the route and the stop I have planned for our trip to D.C. Thanks for the heads up about the traffic, I'll paint a NASCAR number on my truck.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:30 PM   #6
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That's the route and the stop I have planned for our trip to D.C. Thanks for the heads up about the traffic, I'll paint a NASCAR number on my truck.
Yes Oakman,and remember they have (NO) turn signals either! Youroo!!
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:55 PM   #7
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Sounds like the best route and good stopping point. Will not get there till late so may just make a walmart stop for the evening. Thanks and can't wait to see everyone!
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