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Old 01-03-2018, 10:46 AM   #1
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Ontario To Key West

I'm considering a trip in February from Ontario to Key West. No trailer - driving DW's car. Google Maps is showing three routes:

  1. Detroit to I75 to Ocala and over to I95 (longest route)
  2. Buffalo, NY, I90 through Pennsylvania, WV to I95
  3. Buffalo, NY, I270 through Maryland to I95
Any suggestions on best route considering the time of year? Any recommendations of places to stay (hotels) would be appreciated.

I'm just starting to look and haven't booked anything.

Thanks.
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:49 AM   #2
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For #3. I270 and I95 can be incredibly heavy with traffic depending on time of day and your luck.
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I recommend researching current conditions there. My best friend has a home on Big Pine Key. They just got power a couple weeks ago, but still unlivable due to all the debris. Recovery efforts may have gone faster on KW since it's the touristy location.

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Were from Belleville/Trenton area and have travelled here to Florida for a number of years.....by car or RV.

Your profile shows Oshawa Ontario. I can better advise if you identify what border crossing you are planning on.
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Were from Belleville/Trenton area and have travelled here to Florida for a number of years.....by car or RV.

Your profile shows Oshawa Ontario. I can better advise if you identify what border crossing you are planning on.
Thanks Ken. It depends on the comments received. It could be Detroit or Buffalo.
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I recommend researching current conditions there. My best friend has a home on Big Pine Key. They just got power a couple weeks ago, but still unlivable due to all the debris. Recovery efforts may have gone faster on KW since it's the touristy location.

Safe and happy travels.
Good call. It's my understanding that Key West didn't get hit anywhere like the Keys further north.

Last I heard, Key West was back open for business fully.
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Im sending you a private message to discuss by phone.
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:33 PM   #8
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Best to book a place before you go out on the keys .Weekends are pricey ,phone Boyds for openings last minute , everyplace is pricey. On the way down ,it's best to travel over the Smokey Mtns. south near Chattanooga on I75. Less chance of snow.
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We do this a couple times a year from mid Michigan. I usually do I75/US23 Detroit/Ann Arbor South to Knoxville then Southeast I40 and 26 to South Carolina until we hit I95.
If the weather allows it and you have a little extra time, you can do 441, east of Knoxville, through Gatlinburg, Smokey Mountain NP, Blue Ridge Prky.
You can do 295 east around Jacksonville then the traffic should be good until you get to the Miami area. Suggest you get a SunPass so you can do the Florida Prky around Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.
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I prefer to head east on the 401 and avoid Toronto, Cambridge, Waterloo, London, etc. or the QEW. I've traveled I-81 down into TN but only in the summer and a long time ago. You'll want to stay well away from Washington, DC and the major urban centers in the northeast unless you plan to visit them specifically, so maybe stay on I-81 and turn south on I-77 or even I-75 down to I-95?
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