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Old 12-19-2015, 09:55 PM   #1
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I95 through Baltimore and DC December 26?

Wondering if anyone else has used this route the day after Christmas and how the traffic was? I'm headed from SE PA to Florida December 26 and really having a tough time deciding which route to take. I can get to I95 in Philly in about an hour, I can be on 78 in about 30 mins. Taking 81, 77, 26, 95 will add about an hour to the trip. I know DC traffic could easily eat that up, but wondering how much there would really be this time of year. Booked point south KOA in Yemasse SC for that night, an hour is the difference between about a 10 or 11 hour ride. Any words of wisdom? Always went 95 when we went down years back with my parents, but we usually left at 2 or 3am. Will be leaving at 7 am so would hit Baltimore around 9:30.
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Old 12-19-2015, 11:35 PM   #2
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Take a look at 81 to 66 to 17 to 95 and miss the mess in Balt & Wash.
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Old 12-19-2015, 11:40 PM   #3
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NFW. Take 95 south to 896 south to 301 south to 50s back to 301s. Follow and brings you out above Kings D and just above 295 around Richmond. I have been going this route for 25 years. Traffic lights but you are moving not like 95. Plus there is a lot of const. in VA after you cross PR Bridge.
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That means you're hitting DC around 11am. My bet is that you'll be fine.
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:18 AM   #5
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Don't know what you're towing, but 2 things. You can't take propane through the tunnels in Baltimore any more. You would have to go out over the Scott Key bridge. My kid did the 896 over Chesapeake bridge onto 301 and said it was horrible. Traffic lights galore and he thought he had a red light at every one, and it was no fun towing a 32' fiver through that mess. Said he would never do it again. Don't know how far southeast you are but I take 222 south out of Reading to 30. Runs you right into 83 south, which drops you onto 695. I take the west route, drops you onto 495, and I take west loop again around DC. We also leave at night, and if I remember correctly I make Baltimore in about 3 hours and DC in about 5.
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:34 AM   #6
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You will have no problem going through Baltimore and DC on Saturday. I live here and I travel that route very often. I know when to stay away.

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Old 12-20-2015, 08:13 AM   #7
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You'll more than likely make that hour up going 81 Scott. Even with less than horrible traffic. (I have family that lives there. There is never a good time, only less than awful.) Plus the extra time to take the Key bridge to avoid the tunnel restrictions. Plus the road conditions (not referring to traffic but rather pavement) are not in any way good from NY all the way through VA. I know I already told you all this on FTE but it was so bad for us it bears repeating...
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:19 AM   #8
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Done it both ways and I would never, never go through DC ever again! Get on 81 and stay on 81 all the way to 77 and then through Charlotte and Columbia and on to 95. DC still doesn't understand that when you take a road from 5 lanes to 3 lanes...there is always a traffic jam.
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:34 AM   #9
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Take a look at 81 to 66 to 17 to 95 and miss the mess in Balt & Wash.
Excellent advice!
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I travel through Baltimore and DC twice a week every weekend of camping season. I'm usually headed north on Friday and south on Sunday. The only bad times are when we are headed north during the summer. Off-season, I drive from DC to Fredericksburg, VA and back just about every Saturday and every Sunday. Only on Saturdays in the summer is 95 south bad in the late morning and afternoon and 95 north is bad beginning late morning Sunday -- Saturdays are not usually too bad.

You will be fine driving 95 south the day after Christmas. I will be headed that way to Fredericksburg, also, only a little earlier and I am not worried about traffic.

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