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Old 06-24-2019, 06:41 PM   #1
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Best route through Baltimore and DC?

Hi - we are newbies picking up our new 25 Flying Cloud in NJ in mid-July... We will be returning to Wilmington, NC and plan on splitting the route into 2 days and staying our first "night on the road" at a drive through site at the Richmond - Kings Dominion KOA.
My question is what is the best route through Baltimore and DC on a Saturday around noon - should I take 695 around Baltimore and 495 around DC or gut it out on 95 going direct? I'm fairly comfortable towing with our Ram 2500, but this is a bigger trailer than I'm used to...
I really appreciate any route advice from the folks who have been there, done that!
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:03 PM   #2
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As a native Marylander (but long since gone) I’m afraid 95 is the only direct route. But you should expect incredibly dense traffic at that time of the day, especially on a weekend. Expect stop and go traffic until you’re well south of Alexandria. No tailgating!! You’ll love Kings Dominion I bet!
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:19 PM   #3
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Ed, I've done this a bunch of times. Traveling down 95 is not pleasant and when you get to Baltimore you'll have to take the 695 route to avoid the Baltimore Tunnel (propane restriction). After Baltimore it get's very congested.


Suggest you just relax, take this route to Fredrick Maryland and consider following RT15 as far south as you like:


https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Colo...142688!3e0!5i1
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:23 PM   #4
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Thanks, that looks like a great option - I appreciate the feedback! I think I'll just stay on 15 and bypass DC too!
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:24 PM   #5
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We make the run from NY to NC fairly often and haven’t found a better route than 95. Perhaps it is also because we make a determined effort to stop at Locust Point Steamers in Baltimore for crabs. Oddly enough, have always been able to park the airstream on the street.

A favorite stopping point when all we need is a place o sleep and dump has been: http://www.princewilliamforestrvcampground.com
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We make the run from NY to NC fairly often and haven’t found a better route than 95. Perhaps it is also because we make a determined effort to stop at Locust Point Steamers in Baltimore for crabs. Oddly enough, have always been able to park the airstream on the street.

A favorite stopping point when all we need is a place o sleep and dump has been: http://www.princewilliamforestrvcampground.com

Thank me later The real deal Baltimore Hardshell Crab dive spot. I'll go out on a limb and say you will be able to park. It is an industrial area with quite a bit of gravel lot surrounding. Just don't go after a ballgame and expect to get a seat.

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Old 06-25-2019, 06:19 AM   #7
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We travel through the DC area quite often heading from NJ to Florida and points south. For the most part we head out into PA and take 81 south to 77south etc. From time to time we need to stay to the east and since I hate the hectic pace and traffic on 95 (and the Baltimore tunnel restrictions) I choose to travel 301. Pick it up in Delaware and except for some congestion north of the Potomac River bridge it's mostly clear sailing.
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:15 AM   #8
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I agree I-95 is most direct route. Given that, is there any way you could wait to get on the road until Monday, say around 0930 or 1000, when the traffic eases up a bit? I live in DC and have to go to Fredericksburg, VA on occasion; and I can't think of a worst time to do that than "Saturday around noon." Or can you get on earlier, much earlier, like 0700?
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:32 AM   #9
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etojeo,

We live on the Northeast side of Baltimore in Bel Air, MD and have had our AS 2 years. We also bought from Colonial!

Traffic is a bitch around DC ALWAYS. The Baltimore beltway (I-695) the old tunnel (I-895) and Key Bridge (I-695 East) are all under construction right now. The DC to Richmond corridor sucks most of the time on weekend with the VA Beach traffic.

I STRONGLY recommend you Gas up at the BJ's in Lakewood BEFORE you pick up your trailer (yes, they have diesel) and then head back on I-195 West to I-295 South to I-276 west to the PA turnpike.

Take US 15 south through Frederick, MD, and then cut over to Dumfries, VA, & I-95.

The other option is staying on I-295 in NJ and coming down through Wilmington, DE... Take US 301 through Maryland across the Cheasapeake Bay Bridge over The Bay and the Nace bridge over the Potomac. You can cut over on VA 30 from 301 right to Kings Dominion. I'm a traveling salesman and cover the east coast and eastern Canada. I never go through DC unless I have to... It's either the eastern route (301) or western route (US-15 or US 340) depending upon where I'm going. Make sure you have an EZ Pass before you go and be prepared to hold your ankles on tolls!
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:49 AM   #10
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Ed, I've done this a bunch of times. Traveling down 95 is not pleasant and when you get to Baltimore you'll have to take the 695 route to avoid the Baltimore Tunnel (propane restriction). After Baltimore it get's very congested.


Suggest you just relax, take this route to Fredrick Maryland and consider following RT15 as far south as you like:


https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Colo...142688!3e0!5i1

Yep. Fact. I learned that in December, 1973. They said "you have to go this way". I pulled up the ramp near the tunnel and was lost in Baltimore for an hour.
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:53 AM   #11
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You might consider loading the trailer on a boat and floating it down the coast ....

There is a small park just down the road from Colonial. I would hang out "in the area" for a day or three just in case there are surprises. You have a long drive back. I would most certainly run the trailer over to Out of Doors Mart before I did that drive for repairs.

One thing to watch for on the route - No matter how much your Garmin RV GPS yells at you to be in the far left lane or you will die ... ignore it. You do *not* want to be in the HOV Express lane with a trailer. The ticket is ...errr ... $238 was it? .... The officer carefully explained that you can go on the web site and look up that restriction since it's not posted on any of the signs. I didn't ask what the fine for looking things up on the web while driving was

One alternate route is to head over to I-81 and go *way* around the whole mess. I-81 is no dream highway and you will be going a very long ways out of your way. It *does* take you right past Carlisle PA though ....

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Old 06-25-2019, 10:07 AM   #12
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Drive from NJ to Wilmington, NC

Avoid I-95 altogether! While it’s the most direct, it also the most congested & you can expect that route to add up to 4 hours to your trip—especially on a Saturday afternoon! Consider taking I-78 to I-81 south. When you’re safely past DC, you can pick the most direct route east to Wilmington.
If you have the time, & enjoy scenic drives, consider taking I-95 to Wilmington, DE, then driving south on route 13 to get the Norfolk, VA, area, then pick up route 17 to Wilmington, NC. We’ve just made this drive from South Jersey, on our way to Savannah. It’s a bit longer, but a leisurely, lovely drive. We stayed at Virginia Landing—about 1/2 way between Barnegat, NJ, & Wilmington (NC)—in Quincy, VA, on Assateague Island.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:17 AM   #13
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I would also recommend maybe just taking Route 1 through Delaware to 301 in Maryland and onto Rt 50 for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Then just head to the western shore of southern Maryland by Rt 2. It's a very smooth drive I've taken many times. You can then head toward Richmond and I-95. At least this gets you away from Baltimore and the DC Beltway and shouldn't add too much time.
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Hi - we are newbies picking up our new 25 Flying Cloud in NJ in mid-July... We will be returning to Wilmington, NC and plan on splitting the route into 2 days and staying our first "night on the road" at a drive through site at the Richmond - Kings Dominion KOA.

My question is what is the best route through Baltimore and DC on a Saturday around noon - should I take 695 around Baltimore and 495 around DC or gut it out on 95 going direct? I'm fairly comfortable towing with our Ram 2500, but this is a bigger trailer than I'm used to...

I really appreciate any route advice from the folks who have been there, done that!

Thanks,

Ed
Go east Francis Scott bridge then 301 south through southern Maryland across 301 bridge into VA. Straight to route 95 south one exit to kings dominion. Go west you don't want to be anywhere near DC at any time of day or night.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:05 PM   #15
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Go west! Avoid 95 at all cost. I use the live in DC. NJ to Kings Domin is a long drive. I suggest the KOA in Fredericksburg, VA.
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Avoid Balt and Wash

From Colonial, go south on GSP to Cape May. Take ferry to Lewes, DE then pick up I95 in Richmond
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:41 PM   #18
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Please remember that you are traveling on a transition weekend for renters on vacation. So no matter what route you take will have traffic weather or not you are going thru the I95 Baltimore DC Richmond Norfolk corridor or taking the Eastern shore route via De, Md and Va which would be my preferred route. IMO not as much traffic but you will have stop lights and traffic could be heavy depending on the time of day as families will be traveling to the beaches.

So if you are traveling from Colonial in Lakewood NJ I would take 195 to the Jersey Turnpike (which IMO is now a good road since it has been widen and construction is finished) to the Delaware Memorial bridge then follow the signs to Dover/Beaches. Stay on route 13 to thru Salisbury MD to Pocomoke MD then into Va over the Chesapeake Baybridge tunnel around Norfolk Va going to Emporia Va where you will get back on I95 to Willmington. By the time you reach Emporia you will have driven about four to five hundred miles. By the way there is a rest area just this side of the BayBridge tunnel that you can stay in over night.

I live on the Eastern Shore just outside of Ocean City Md so the route I outlined is my preferred route whether going South to Florida or North to Cape Cod.
Bottom line have a safe journey and enjoy the AS

Bottom line avoid the dc Baltimore Corridor
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Old 06-25-2019, 03:14 PM   #19
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Try 301

We live in Annapolis and frequently head south. Our preference is RTe 301 south to Virginia rather than 95. You connect with 95 near Kings Dominion.
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Old 06-25-2019, 07:11 PM   #20
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Ed,
Having lived in that area for ~20 years, I can attest to the other posts about the 95/495 corridor. It's terrible at almost any time of day and Saturday afternoon will include a lot of stop & go and very aggressive drivers.

An alternate route is to take 695 around baltimore, then take MD-3/US301 south through MD and cross th Nice bridge into VA. There are some stoplights on 301 but generally the traffic flows. Once you get south of La Plata, MD, it opens up completely and if you follow 301 to Ft. AP Hill, at Bowling Green, VA you pick up VA 207 which dumps you at I-95 just one or two exits north of Kings Dominion. It's 4-lanes almost the entiire stretch (except for the bridge). We've towed our previous RV (38' fifth wheel) that route many times and it's a much more pleasant and predictable drive than the DC beltway and I-95 in Northern VA. We'll do pretty much anything to avoid I-95 between the 495 beltway and Fredericksburg. It can be a parking lot at any time of day or night.

Best of luck!
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