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Hello,looking for some advice. We are traveling to florida from boston and have read so many different ideas on the best routes to go. We would like to avoid NY traffic since we are leaving boston around noon and will hit that area at the worst time!! We're thinking about route 287 as an alternative but have also read some other ideas on different routes such as the mass pike to I-84. If anyone has any suggestions/ideas on the best route we would love to get some advice. thanks

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    MassPike to I-84 is the same route as 287.

    Take Mass Pike to Sturbridge exit and take I-84 thru Hartford and on. You will then follow signage to Danbury and then White Plains, NY - taking Rte 684 and Rte 287.

    Cross the Tappan Zee Bridge - at this point you will be going against much of the rush hour traffic and also avoid George Washington Bridge and NYC.

    Take Garden State Parkway (sign is easy to miss) to Woodbridge, NJ where it intersects with NJ Turnpike - which is I-95. Continue south forever and you will get to Florida.

    Some tips - get a toll transponder - it is good for all the tolls you will encounter between MassPike and Maryland. (No tolls after that). I95exitguide.com gives info on what is what at each exit. Also, I have yet to find a GPS or on-line directional site that gives this route - so make sure you either understand it or have a map.

    Depending on how long you want to drive, a reasonable stopping place considering time of departure is just north of Baltimore - around Aberdeen. If you continue much more south into Baltimore/Washington area hotel prices double. Or you could push it and continue on south of Washington to Fredericksburg, VA.

    I drive this route several times/year - there is always some traffic, construction or just annoying delays between Hartford and Washington. Tanker trucks must hear that I am travelling and plan their incidents on just that day - but it is also sheer volume along this route - so be prepared to well exceed Mapquest of other mapping program (or GPS) estimate of transit time.

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