Driving from Massachusetts to North Carolina

We are moving to North Carolina and will be driving a rental truck and pulling a trailer. We have usually traveled through Maryland and Virginia on US95. Last time we made the trip we had long traffic delays (accidents). Does anyone know a route than is better and does not have a lot of hills due to the trailer?

By Merlene from Acton, MA

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June 24, 20090 found this helpful

If you go to Map Quest http://www.mapquest.com/uest

They will give you sets of directions to travel from your door step to your destination. It is so helpful, I use it all of the time.

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June 24, 20090 found this helpful

Time of day is important when traveling south on 95 around D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The best time of day for this stretch is Monday through Friday 3-6 am or if that's way to early, between 9am and 3 pm.

Between 6am and 9 am you'll be in the morning rush hour. After 3pm, you'll be in rush hour again. I wouldn't try at all on weekends unless you come through after 7pm -- too many vacation traveler's heading south.

If you're traveling at night plan on coming through after 7pm. If you're traveling through at night almost any day of the week the traffic will be moderate.

An alternative route is to take Route 3/301South, however, there are stretches with more stop lights than you probably want to put up with, also this road is not a straight shot.

Hopefully I've been clear.

Good luck!

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June 24, 20090 found this helpful

I would recommend getting on I-81 to come down through PA. and you can even take it down through VA. I don't know how far out of the way that may take you but I love the scenic views and rarely are their major traffic issues.

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June 24, 20090 found this helpful

When I've traveled from virginia to south carolina, i went on route 17. Parts of it you will go through towns, so you have to slow down and/or stop for lights. I really prefer it, personally. If you need to stop for anything, it's usually not far, and easy to do.

I'm not sure where 17 starts though, or if it's the right route for you. It is on the eastern side.

Also, you might try route 13, now that i think about it. We used it when we drove from new hampshire to virginia.

Good luck with the move!

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June 24, 20090 found this helpful

Go to your local AAA office. They won't give you a map if you're not a member but if you go at a time of day when they're not busy, they will probably look up the construction info as well as recommended routes for large vehicles.

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June 24, 20090 found this helpful

We drove to Florida during April vacation for the past 2 years. We noticed more traffic when we left Friday night after work. We had long delays through New York, Delaware and Washington. Even at 2:00 am we hit traffic over the Delaware bridge. This year we could not leave until Saturday around 1:00 pm and we hit no traffic. It may be a timing thing verses the route you take. I hope this helps.

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June 24, 20090 found this helpful

I would have to agree with US 13! We live in Northeastern NC and travel up to see my in-laws in NJ. Especially with little ones that "need to go" you are able to stop in one of the small towns along the way.

We usually spend the night in Rehoboth Beach, DE (which is about 1/2 way for us). We also catch the Cape May Ferry at Lewes, DE to Cape May, NJ or vice versus on the way home. It is a nice break for around an hour as you enjoy the scenery.

You would probably want to avoid the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and Southeastern VA during rush hour times. Save travels and Welcome to NC! Elizabeth

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