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Old 02-28-2013, 06:16 PM   #2476
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OK, if you gals leave at 2 -3 am, you should make it through DC before it gets bad. We are at the southern tip of NJ, and make it up, around and past DC when we leave by 2:30 a.m. (and not all the roads to get up and around are highway...)

NYC to Brunswick, GA would be easily do-able with 2 a.m. departure and a 4:15 best case arrival time (15 min breaks every 3 hrs). Cherry Hill, NJ to Brunswick, GA with a 3 a.m. departure and a 4 p.m. arrival with the same idea of 15 min break every 3 hrs. I used Streets and Trips for the estimates.

Does that sound like enough time on the road? You want to stop sooner? Later? I've never actually stayed in Brunswick, but have stayed farther north near the Savannah airport. Lots of great choices in that area for hotels and it's 4-5? hrs left the next day to WDW.
Thank you. I am thinking we will either stop at savannah or if we are still good keep going to Brunswick. Do you take 95 straight down? Thanks!!
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:50 AM   #2477
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Thank you. I am thinking we will either stop at savannah or if we are still good keep going to Brunswick. Do you take 95 straight down? Thanks!!
We take 495 around DC (usually flip a coin as to which way we go but only because it's before morning rush!), and if we are approaching Richmond in morning rush hour, we will take 295 to divert around Richmond. The rest is just I 95. There's an I 95 Guide website that is pretty useful as you are getting to know the road.

Oh, and the Richmond area is the last place to find a Wawa until FL, so we usually stop at one there for coffee and such. That's about where our kids wake up and the fun in the car begins. (My kids love all day in the car. They don't like sleeping overnight so much anymore, so for now our regular way down is to do a schedule similar to what you are thinking).

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Old 03-01-2013, 08:07 AM   #2478
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Just booked the Faifield Inn & Suites in Kingsland right off of 95. It's only 3 miles frm the GA/FL boarder. Has anyone tired this hotel? The last time we stopped on the way down we ended up at a really bad hotel, we don't want to do that again.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:31 AM   #2479
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Just booked the Faifield Inn & Suites in Kingsland right off of 95. It's only 3 miles frm the GA/FL boarder. Has anyone tired this hotel? The last time we stopped on the way down we ended up at a really bad hotel, we don't want to do that again.
We have stayed there 2 times nice hotel.
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Hi buzzmom12 and Happiest Mommy.

I am just over an hour from the Delaware Memorial bridge and leave home around 2:30 AM. This puts me into VA around 5:30 AM, before any traffic in the DC area. I am going through Richmond on 95 around 7 AM and entering NC around 8 AM, so have never had traffic problems on 95 in Richmond either.

You can use your expected start time and how long it takes you to reach the Delaware Memorial Bridge to figure out about what time you will be in both spots as compared to my trips.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:34 AM   #2481
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:36 AM   #2482
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Driving down right now
Gas is expensive : 4.09/gal & 4.05/gal in upstate NY but it still beats our prices in Qc (1.38/L which translates to 5.22/gal when we left) and we haven't seen anything lower than 4.00/gal sor far (on the I78, getting close to the NY/PA border right now).

Great drive so far...
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:36 AM   #2483
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Has anyone driven from WDW to Williamsburg, VA? If so how long is the drive. We always drive from PA to Fl and back, but would like to spend a night or 2 near Williamsburg on the drive home. Plus we alwas take 81 home, we'd have to take 95 to get to Williamsburg.
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coming from tannersville, i would jump on rt33 to i78. here are my times. i live in nazareth so i leave around 2:30am, take rt191 to rt22 to rt78. to be safe, i would add 20 min. or so to the first numbers:
home to i81 ------- 1hr/1min
i81 to MA -----------1hr/19min
MA to WV ----------10min
WV TO VA -----------22min
VA ti i77 -------------3hr/23min
i77 to NC ------------26 min.
NC to Char nc-------- 1hr/44min
Char to SC ----------11 min
SC to i26 ------------1hr/13min
i26 to i95 ------------ 49min
i95 to GA ------------- 1HR/7MIN.
GA TO FL ------------1hr/44min
FL TO I4 ------------1HR/42MIN
I4 TO EXIT68 ---------54MIN

these times are with rest breaks etc.... so it may vary a bit pending on traffic and how often you stop. the trip i did this was a smooth sailing trip. i pretty well hit this every time.

Impressive!
We live in Bucks CO., PA and are driving in April. Debating whether to take this route or 95? We plan to depart on a Friday around 5:00 or 6:00 pm. Taking the above route says it will add a little over 100 miles and 1 hr 20 minutes. Also, concerned about the wildlife since we are driving at night. Our thoughts with 95 is that we should miss most of the mess? Just may have to flip a coin?
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We are getting ready to set out Friday on our very first family road trip. We are breaking up the trip into shorter segments. 4 hours, 9 hours and then Sunday 3 hours. I am pretty nervous for some unknown reason. Maybe the kids LOL. I drove by myself at 21 from Northwest Indiana back home to Northern California so road trips are not the issue. Maybe it is the fact that there is just so much unknown. Anyways seeing on here people who have made the trek before us has really helped!

We should be hitting Atlanta around 4 on Saturday I think. I am hoping traffic wont be too horrible or at least not worse than Chicago traffic
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Hey happycampers we are from northern Indiana also we are about hr north of Indy
We drove down in Xmas 2011 was smooth sailing we went 65 to Montgomery Alabama then cut over I think we made Tallahassee in 12 hrs on first day then the rest the next. We are driving down again in may and can't wait! 60 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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We are getting ready to set out Friday on our very first family road trip. We are breaking up the trip into shorter segments. 4 hours, 9 hours and then Sunday 3 hours. I am pretty nervous for some unknown reason. Maybe the kids LOL. I drove by myself at 21 from Northwest Indiana back home to Northern California so road trips are not the issue. Maybe it is the fact that there is just so much unknown. Anyways seeing on here people who have made the trek before us has really helped!

We should be hitting Atlanta around 4 on Saturday I think. I am hoping traffic wont be too horrible or at least not worse than Chicago traffic
We are from st. louis. 16 hours or 1,008 miles. Have done the drive at least 15 times if not more. We always leave at 5opm and drive all night. Arriving in Disney at 11:00am after a few stops for gas and food.

My kids have made the trip when we had 1 child at 9 months, and 18 months, then with 2 kids at 9 months + 6 years, 2 years + 8 years, 4yeras + 10 years and now this year we are taking a freind. 5,11,and 11 years.

driving all night is so much easier for us. the kids sleep 10 hours out of the 16. thats 10 hours of no fighting, no "are we there yets".

and i hate the thought of paying $65 for a hotel room for just a few hours. much less 2 night.

I want my vacation to start. we leave next thursday @ 5:00pm will be in the worlld by 11:00am friday. by your plan, you would not arrive untill saturday moring. we would have already had a 2 day vacation head start.
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We are from st. louis. 16 hours or 1,008 miles. Have done the drive at least 15 times if not more. We always leave at 5opm and drive all night. Arriving in Disney at 11:00am after a few stops for gas and food.

My kids have made the trip when we had 1 child at 9 months, and 18 months, then with 2 kids at 9 months + 6 years, 2 years + 8 years, 4yeras + 10 years and now this year we are taking a freind. 5,11,and 11 years.

driving all night is so much easier for us. the kids sleep 10 hours out of the 16. thats 10 hours of no fighting, no "are we there yets".

and i hate the thought of paying $65 for a hotel room for just a few hours. much less 2 night.

I want my vacation to start. we leave next thursday @ 5:00pm will be in the worlld by 11:00am friday. by your plan, you would not arrive untill saturday moring. we would have already had a 2 day vacation head start.
Yeah we are looking forward to going slow it is part of our vacation. I am not one of those fly by everything to get to the destination type of vacationers. I like to take in what is on the way. I have done the all night thing and it works if you must limit your vacation time but for us the drive is part of the vacation. 6 days is plenty of park time for my family. If there is any sights on the way that catches our eye we will have time to stop.

We typically fly so we get there in 2 hours and so have done the quick start and on the run.

Have a great vacation.
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Getting ready to drive down to my fishing paradise in central fla this Saturday. My partner is once again brouching the topic of taking the 81 route. We leave NJ 8pm Sat night and drive straight. Is there any major gotchas going on that I should cave in and take the extra 90 miles going this way?
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