Originally Posted by rbr
Go up 220, cross the Blue Ridge to 81 on 64 at Charlottesville. Follow 81 thru Penna. until you can cross over to 95 north of NYC. Avoids most tolls and big city congestion, and is not too much longer than the "shortest" route. Make sure things in the trailer are well stowed, northern roads are very rough and will beat the crap out of your trailer, esp. in Maine. Also, NY state has it's own surcharge on tickets in addition to the local fine.
This is a GOOD route and it's pretty too!
I have also gone up and down the eastern shore a lot. Unfortunately I wouldn't recommend it during the heat of summer. The entire eastern shore has gone into the chicken agri-bus! Egg production and chicken processing plants by both Tyson and Perdue have turned Rt 13 into a "hold your nose" zone that goes for miles and miles. Speed traps are also common, and last time I took the Airstream across the Bay Bridge Tunnel the cost was $25. It's probably $30 by now. You'll save that amount in gas IF you're headed into NYC... but you'll drive east of I-95 for 100 miles to reach Va. Beach and the Bay Bridge.
Again, you'll like the mountains of Virginia in the heat of summer (and there's Virginia Highland Haven for an overnight stay - plus a lot of nice wineries. Take the Airstream, sample the product, sleep it off in the stream before you proceed!)
If you were coming to Virginia Beach as a destination, going across the Bay Bridge for a day trip is worth doing - and they'll give you a coupon that saves a lot of money on the return trip for a same day commute. If I were headed to Colonial Airstream (NJ - close to Philadelphia) I'd go up the eastern shore. If Atlantic City is on your radar, you either have to take the Cape May Ferry - big bucks with an Airstream & a long slow trip - or go straight north almost to Philadelphia, then zig back east to Atlantic City.