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Old 09-14-2022, 05:10 PM   #1
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Any hints to get around nyc

I will be going from Sturbridge Massachusetts to Philly. Any hints on how to avoid nyc Boston etc
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I will be going from Sturbridge Massachusetts to Philly. Any hints on how to avoid nyc Boston etc
YEP. Take the western routes.
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Old 09-14-2022, 05:21 PM   #3
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YEP. Take the western routes.
You mean like I35 in Oklahoma or something
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To avoid NYC and PHL I'd take I5 in WA and OR.

OK serious: Get inland a little, Harrisburg. Carlisle, Chambersburg, maybe I-81 south.
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Old 09-14-2022, 07:03 PM   #5
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84 to 694 over tappan zee bridge. No toll going south.

Or 90 mass pike to 87 south into Jersey
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I created a custom avoidance for NYC in MapSource for my Garmin Nuvi. It is an older software for the Garmin GPS. I assume the newer one (Basecamp) can do the same. It is a built-in feature on my Garmin RV780 so you don't need MapSource to make one. (It was easier to post the picture from my laptop though ) .

The blue colored route is what you get, rather than just following I-95.
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I live 25 miles outside of Philly and just made the trip from Maine to home a few weeks ago.
84 to 684 to 287 across the Gov Coumo Bridge. 287 to 78 to PA Turnpike (northeast extension). I think it actually goes 78 to 309 to turnpike, but I can't remember for sure. I got off 78 before that point.

You can also stay on 287 until it loops back to 95 and take that into Philly.
Or cut off the corner between 287 and 95 via the Garden State expressway. I took that way going north but it was 0600 Sunday morning. A few lower bridges buy I'm only 11.5 ft so I didn't have to worry (I think the lowest was 12.5 ft along the shoulder.)
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I will be going from Sturbridge Massachusetts to Philly. Any hints on how to avoid nyc Boston etc
If you're starting from Sturbridge MA. Headed to Philly; going to Boston is heading you in the wrong direction. Unless you've actually going to see Boston on purpose?
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To avoid NYC and PHL I'd take I5 in WA and OR.

OK serious: Get inland a little, Harrisburg. Carlisle, Chambersburg, maybe I-81 south.
There are some serious hills inland. Sort of dammed if you do, dammed if you don't. Also, the traffic isn't exactly light on the western route anymore.

I took the western route last year and convinced myself that the eastern route is better.
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Old 09-15-2022, 06:38 AM   #10
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As was noted you want 84 through CT. Take 684 to 287 over the Cuomo Bridge (formerly Tappan Zee bridge). That avoids NYC.

Growing up in MA and now living in Maryland, that is the route I take when travelling from MA back to MD
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Old 09-15-2022, 11:55 AM   #11
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As was noted you want 84 through CT. Take 684 to 287 over the Cuomo Bridge (formerly Tappan Zee bridge). That avoids NYC.

Growing up in MA and now living in Maryland, that is the route I take when travelling from MA back to MD
Just ran that up and back two weeks ago.
Going up was no issue.
Coming back, a lot of traffic.
I should have run 84 to 87 and then down to 287.
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You mean like I35 in Oklahoma or something
According to FB reports, you want to avoid I35 this weekend.
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Old 09-15-2022, 06:58 PM   #13
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You folks are great. Yes I said Boston but thatís because a Texan in New England is bad. I already went through there. And yes i35 is closed this weekend through ne okc. Lots of suggestions. I am pulling a trailer so it will be bad whichever route I take. Thanks again
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Looks like I will go 84 to 87 to 287 then on 95. Any problems with that?
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Not that I can see. It's a good route and I've taken the exact one before with no issues.
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Old 09-16-2022, 01:14 PM   #16
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Where are you going in Philly area?
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Old 09-16-2022, 02:53 PM   #17
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We are in the Clarksboro area. Only here a couple nights. The route I took could not have been any better. Thanks folks for all the help
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Another option

We are from the same area, and when we head south we always take 84 to 81 in Scranton. Traffic is almost always smooth that way.
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I will be going from Sturbridge Massachusetts to Philly. Any hints on how to avoid nyc Boston etc

Very simple leave Sturbridge get on 84 west take it to NY Thruway go south toexit for 287 South Mahwah , NJ stay to your right on 287, Do not take rt 17 south you will be sorry. now you have a choice follow 287 to the NJ Turnpike and go south or hope on Rt 1 to 295 when you get to 295 go west/ North and it will turn into 95 south right to philly.


Or I-84 west to the PA turnpike extention south to philly.


confirm this on your maps
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It is all about timing. I live south of Boston area and used to do service work in the NYC area, mostly northern NJ. I would put the kids to bed at night and then leave the house around 8 or 9. This would put me at the George Washington or Tappan Zee bridges around midnight. Depends on where I had to go. I would then find a dark place in the area I had to work and crawl in the back of the van to sleep. I have a full size van. I had a really great sleeping bag and no matter how cold out I was nice and toasty inside it.

It would take me around 4 hours to get there. Others that would try to drive at more normal hours and it would take 6 to 7 hours. At the end of the day I would take my time and have a leisurely dinner (no alcohol) and then take a nap. I would get to the bridges just after 11. I got much more sleep than others.

I big part of this was avoiding not only NYC traffic but also avoiding Connecticut traffic.
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