Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page >

Washington DC/Arlington/Baltimore Dirctions From NY

Washington DC/Arlington/Baltimore Dirctions From NY

Jan 9th, 2009, 07:15 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 4
Washington DC/Arlington/Baltimore Dirctions From NY

Hi, I need a little instruction. I am traveling to Arlington Virginia/Washington DC areas from New York in a few days and want to avoid the tunnel since I am a claustrophobic. In the past someone kind on this forum told me how to do this when I was heading to Baltimore by taking the streets at a point and that worked out nicely. My father says that to go to Washington DC/Arlington areas I must take the same route as I did for Baltimore, but go further - So I am asking again where do I get off the highway to avoid the tunnel and take the streets to Baltimore - then get back on the highway to continue my trip to Arlington? Thank you if you can help. I have forgotten how I did this the last time since it was years ago. : ) Dezie
Dezie is offline  
Jan 9th, 2009, 07:20 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 9,050
I have to avoid the tunnel through Baltimore because I'm driving an RV and the tunnel doesn't permit the propane tanks. I just take Route 695 around the city, rather than messing with surface roads. You can go either way on 695; I prefer to go west, via Towson.
Anonymous is offline  
Jan 9th, 2009, 08:25 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 300
If you haven't driven through the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I95), you might want to give it a try. It might be the least claustrophobic tunnel you'll ever see. It's wide, well lit, and pretty short (under two miles).
EricH is offline  
Jan 9th, 2009, 09:42 AM
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 23,074
I'd go east on I-695 over the Key Bridge. It's shorter and traffic on the west side on I-695 can be fairly heavy. But you have to pay toll on the bridge.
rkkwan is offline  
Jan 11th, 2009, 01:08 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 4
Thank you so very much. I recall that there was an exit number somewhere before the tunnel that I was able to get off on and take the streets from the last time - can't recall the number though. I will certainly take your advice about the I-695. Sadly for me, even the prospect of a wide tunnel will make me anxious my whole journey so avoiding it altogether will help me to relax. All the Best to each of you. Dezie
Dezie is offline  
Jan 11th, 2009, 01:38 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 22,599
When you reach 695, get off 95 and go toward Essex to take Key Bridge; or go toward Towson to go in the other direction. Listen to traffic info to decide which way to go-Baltimore has an XM radio traffic/weather site. Local station is either 1070 or 1090 AM-can't recall which.

Then pick up 95 again on the other side of the beltway.

Also, avoid 895 as that is a tunnel thruway. Good luck!
TDudette is online now  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
United States
Oct 21st, 2007 03:41 PM
United States
Mar 30th, 2007 07:32 AM
United States
Feb 16th, 2006 09:09 AM
United States
Jul 29th, 2005 04:51 AM
United States
Jul 16th, 2002 06:30 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:22 AM.