Buffalo NY to Tampa FL

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  1. united1889

    united1889 New Member

    I'm looking for an alternative route to Tampa from Buffalo. I want to try and avoid the Appalachian mountains as we will be heavy and I don't want to put the extra strain on my van, but I do not want to add alot of time to my trip. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    There are no mountains on I95 although you will have to get there first. You are going to hit a heck of a lot of traffic on 95 and will need to find alternates around the tunnels and I think there are a couple bridges that don't allow propane as well. That's the only way I'm familiar. I'm curious the responses as I am considering such a trip next year.
     
  3. XKPin

    XKPin There's no situation so bad it can't be made worse

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    I-95 is a real traffic headache [:(O], especially around Baltimore :eek:, Washington :mad: & Richmond :confused:. Should you choose that to be your primary route, plan to pass there in the night or at least well outside the rush hours (which never seems to end). Avoiding the mountains means you'll miss a great deal of traffic & beautiful scenery - but I sympathize with your desire to keep your TV intact for the long haul. We love US 219 but there are >12-degree inclines!
    [2C]: Check with your Google map. When we head your way from Hampton Roads, VA here is our work around (from your perspective):
    --Option 1: At Harrisburg, PA pick up I-81 South to Winchester, VA. Take Rt 50 east until you get onto US 17 South - all the way to I-95 South at Fredericksburg, VA (some congestion). Slower yes, quieter certainly, more to look at. It's only longer if you don't hit any traffic LOL! [LOL] LOL!!! at the cities.
    [!] You'll notice I-66 East, but depending upon the time you're on it - it can be a trap. The traffic around Washington extends well outside anyone's imagination during rush hours.
    --Option 2: Stay on I-81 to I 64 East to miss Richmond too. Unfortunately, I-81 takes you west of the Blue Ridge mountains and you'll have to pull & coast down them on I-64 East to I-95 South.
    --Options exist for extending I-81 and or I-77 south toward I-95.

    We'll be watching this site too because we'll still looking for the holy grail of northwest passages to NY, VT and Mass.
     
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  4. nhlakes

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    My recollection is that 77 through the mountains/hills is not bad at all, only about 20 or so miles long and major inclines have tunnels that shoot straight through. You can confirm with google maps street view, and click the terrain option - or wait for some local knowledge to show up here. ;)
     
  5. united1889

    united1889 New Member

    I have done the 79 to 77 to 95 lots of times, but this time the vehicle is going to be loaded and the trailer, I'm just not going to risk it. I was thinking about going to i71 to i75, any thoughts on that route
     
  6. united1889

    united1889 New Member

    I have decided to go i71 to i75, i looked at topographic maps and the hills are small,booked my hotels, we are going to Lake Manatee State park for Christmas, so if anybody is there stop by, and thanks for all your input. We will report on the drive when we get home.
     
  7. XKPin

    XKPin There's no situation so bad it can't be made worse

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    . . .Atlanta. . . ?! :eek:
     
  8. united1889

    united1889 New Member

    We should hit Atlanta on a Saturday morning, we are staying Friday night in Chattanooga so hopefully the traffic will not be that bad.
     
  9. XKPin

    XKPin There's no situation so bad it can't be made worse

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    Hope springs eternal. . . . Enjoy your trip, wish I was going.
     
  10. united1889

    united1889 New Member

    Thanks
     
  11. Franky219

    Franky219 New Member

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    Traffic is always bad in Atlanta! I hate driving thru there!!!
     
  12. united1889

    united1889 New Member

    Maybe you will read about me on the news where a van and trailer just start ramming everyone to get out of the way. All joking aside I have never driven through Atlanta, I've done Manhattan on a Saturday night, DC at rush hour, and driven Toronto and Montreal at rush hour also. Hopefully I have a different story to tell then many others. Crossing my fingers.
     
  13. united1889

    united1889 New Member

    I just got back, DO NOT take this route if you are from Western New York, or the GTA Niagara area. It was hell. More hills than going through the mountains, they weren't as high but went on forever. The highways are not designed for the traffic that uses them. The I-75 was a mess, Atlanta wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but next time I'm going through the mountains.
     
  14. XKPin

    XKPin There's no situation so bad it can't be made worse

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    Sorry to hear that. I hope your vacation enjoyment offset the effort.
    --As much fun as planning can be, the biggest problem incurred is 'traveling' today. I'm trying to plot a route to the Badlands without going thru cities while making record time. . . .
    . . .HAH. . . ![LOL]
     
  15. united1889

    united1889 New Member

    The vacation was amazing, Sunny and hot everyday, not like now. It just seems the older I get the less patience I have for driving long distances. I think nect time I would break it up into 3 days driving instead of 2.
     
  16. XKPin

    XKPin There's no situation so bad it can't be made worse

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    ---We enjoy traveling much more now that I have retired. I usually end up taking a longer route than a GPS or Google Maps would suggest. We have found - and enjoyed - the AVOIDANCE options in both the Google Maps and my Garmin. As time permits, the old US highway (defense) system (not the interstates) is a GREAT way to see America as one might imagine our parents' enjoyed a road trip. Mom & Pop diners, strange oddities, local extravaganzas, little traffic and a variety of scenery that is anything but the never-ending-interstate-vanishing-pinpoint-always-fading into the distance. Sure it's longer but oh my! We find the trip more visually stimulating and time passes faster. Actually - the US highways are in BETTER condition than the worn out interstate system. The drive becomes an adventure.
    ---I drove up to Fort Kent, Maine (the beginning of US 1) because I hadn't been there before and gazed across the border. They told me I could enter Canada with my present identification, but my own country wouldn't let me back in :eek: - glad I asked!
     
  17. united1889

    united1889 New Member

    Unfortunately retirement is still 20 years away for me. I wish I didn't have a timeline to go places but the kids don't like the drive. I can't wait to hit every back woods diner possible. But until then I was told (by the kids) the destination is the most important thing.
     

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