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Directions D.C. to Hartford Ct avoiding Jersey Turnpike

Old Jun 6th, 2006, 09:32 AM
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Directions D.C. to Hartford Ct avoiding Jersey Turnpike

I need to travel on a Friday (leave DC around 3 pm) to go to Hartford, CT.

I would like to avoid all of the congestion along the East Coast and especially NYC) on a Friday. I know there are directions for how to do this -- in a short period of time (like 7 hrs.) -- can anyone help me with that.

I believe it's possible going through Pennsylvania somehow. I work downtown DC. Typically this trip via NJ Tpke via NYC and to CT on the NY Tpke is doable in about 6.5 hours, but I know on a Fri. afternoon that would be impossible. That's why I'm looking for an alternative, yet quick route for that timeframe.

Thanks in advance for any help. Lois
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Old Jun 6th, 2006, 09:41 AM
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The route commonly described is I83N from Baltimore to I81N to Scranton PA, then I84 East to Harford.

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Old Jun 6th, 2006, 10:19 AM
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Could I suggest Southwest Airlines or Amtrak? <g>
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Old Jun 6th, 2006, 10:31 AM
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The reason we are considering drive is the following:

RT cost BWI to Hartford -- $338 total (on SW)

Parking at airport for 7 days -- $70 approx.

Time involved - 1.5 hr. drive to BWI, allow 2 hrs. at airport, 1 hr. flt, the another 1 hr. drive to get to where we are going in CT. (total time approx. 5.5 hrs).

Cost to drive (even at these high gas prices) for our Avalon would be about $75; driving time typically 6.5 hours (on Fri. possibly 8 hrs.) -- so only 3 hrs. maximum over time involved for flying & cost WAY LESS.
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Old Jun 7th, 2006, 04:01 AM
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How long do you think driving that way (via Scranton) might take? Isn't Scranton way out of the way???

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J62 gave you the correct way. If you want to avoid NJ and NYC traffic, then Scranton is the way to go. Of course it adds a little mileage, but not much. Look at the map and you'll see.

Washington, DC to Hartford, CT straight on I-95/NJTP/I-95/I-91 is 343 miles.

I-81/I-84 is about 430 miles. It will not add any time if you're going on a Friday afternoon and the drive is much more enjoyable.

Give yourself about 7-7.5 hours.
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Old Jun 7th, 2006, 11:17 AM
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Thanks for the information. Probably will try this.

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1.5 hours to get from downtown DC to BWI...are you kidding or is that during rush hour?
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Intrepid - Lois said she is leaving at 3pm on a Friday - definitely rush hour!

Non-rush would probably be 1/2 that.
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