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Old 01-13-2019, 12:58 PM   #1
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US 202 through PA

Considering a summer trip from the Northeast to D.C. Prefer to avoid Interstates. How is US 202 through PA?
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All different in spots, some places 2 lane kind of country then turns into 4 lanes like a by-pass then you will run into sections with lots of traffic lights and shopping centers. Where are you starting from, I bet you will get all kinds of routes to choose from.
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All different in spots, some places 2 lane kind of country then turns into 4 lanes like a by-pass then you will run into sections with lots of traffic lights and shopping centers. Where are you starting from, I bet you will get all kinds of routes to choose from.
CT, through Wilkes_Barre then 611 to 202 to US1. Plenty of time and sick of I-95. Prefer US and state highways when possible.
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CT, through Wilkes_Barre then 611 to 202 to US1. Plenty of time and sick of I-95. Prefer US and state highways when possible.
From where you will pick up 202 will be pretty much what I described. Some folks might say to cross over to 81 and go down, there are ways to cross back towards DC to avoid 95. I do think you will run into a good bit of traffic going the way you say but of course time of day will differ.
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Best overall route from Northeast corner of PA to DC is take 81 South out of Harrisburg to beltway around Baltimore to beltway around DC. Expect HEAVY traffic.
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Best overall route from Northeast corner of PA to DC is take 81 South out of Harrisburg to beltway around Baltimore to beltway around DC. Expect HEAVY traffic.
I-81 runs through West Virginia and western Maryland way west of Baltimore and DC. You may be thinking of I-83 which runs south from Harrisburg and York, PA to Baltimore. You can take I-81 south to where it meets I-83 north of Harrisburg and go south to Baltimore. I avoid I-95, as it is often a parking lot during weekend or rush hours.
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When I use to go to Rhinebeck, NY from Gettysburg, Pa. I would get to 83 north to 84 East into NY state, cross the Hudson river and take RT 9 north. You could do a variation of that and stay on 83 south to Baltimore. Its interstate highway and traffic isnt bad to York. After York I cant help since I have yet to go that way.
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The 30 miles north of the Delaware line to West Chester area suck in a car, IMHO. Wouldn't want to do it with a RV.

I recently drove from Middletown, CT to Harrisburg via I-95 to I-78, which wasn't "too" bad. You could get off on Rte 222 in Allentown, PA and take that south through Lancaster, PA to Route 1 north of Baltimore. But I can't speak to how great it will be for an RV.

You might want to take I-84 west far enough to get around New York.

Getting south in the "Northeast corridor" isn't easy, even without an RV. Glad I don't live there anymore.
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Iíd recommend 81 in Wilkes barre to 83 in Harrisburg then 83 to Baltimore.

I donít think 222 from Allentown to York would be any faster plus it is 2 and 4 lane highway. Can be very congested especially between Allentown and reading.
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If you decide to go down 81 to harrisburg you can pick up 15 from the south side of harrisburg down to Leesburg VA and take 7 or 66 over to DC. It is not the quickest nor the shortest but you miss Philadelphia and baltimore, a much nicer ride than the big roads in my opinion. If you are set on 611 you may want to get on the PA turnpike in willow grove or fort Washington and take it over to king of Prussia to pick up 202. 202 east of king of Prussia is both crappy riding and traffic.
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