How To Escape The District This Thanksgiving

DSC02163aToday I’m escaping The DC Metro area early for Thanksgiving. I’ll be flying out tonight but I know many others will be taking to the roads today and tomorrow for Turkey Day.

Those that want avoid the more popular (and congested) escape routes should check out the Washington Post’s article on alternate routes out of DC. As someone that always drives home to New England for Christmas, I wanted to see if my favorite alternate route was there: avoid The George Washington Bridge and taking the Tappan Zee instead.

The suggestion was indeed included along with a route to avoid Delaware, which come to think of it, is indeed a pain in the butt for the smallest state in the Union. The Post suggests this route to avoid the Delaware tolls:

From I-95 north, take Route 279 toward Newark, Del. Take the first right onto Iron Hill Road. At the end, turn left onto Chestnut Hill Road. Then turn right onto Route 896 (South College Avenue). I-95 will be a quarter-mile down the road.

The article also outlines routes for those heading South and offers some tips which I fully agree with such as enrolling in E-Z Pass, it’s a total time-saver and I have it in my car for the sole purpose of speeding through tolls on the way back home every year.

So I hope everybody has a wonderful Thanksgiving this week and if anybody else is driving to Boston this holiday season, here’s the route I take to go home.

4 Comments so far

  1. ajw93 on November 24th, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

    Let’s hear it for EZPass!

    I totally use the “Avoid the DE Toll Plaza” shortcut and it is absolutely the best. If you’re headed not to New England, but New York State (the Catskills and points north), I’d suggest hopping off the NJ Turnpike before the Garden State exit and taking I-287 to the border; it dumps you onto the NYS Thruway just north of the Tappan Zee. It saves a few toll stops and a lot of petrochemical fumes.

    Patrick, I’ll give you a wave west to the MA border once I’m on final approach to my destination.

    Everyone who’s traveling, have a safe trip!

  2. Michael G. (unregistered) on November 30th, 2009 @ 8:59 am

    On the way up, if you’re interested in bypassing Baltimore and the Delaware tolls and a good chunk of the New Jersey Tnpk, I would suggest US301 in MD over the Bay Bridge from Annapolis and up the Delmarva Peninsula, getting on 95 going into Pennsylvania and crossing the Commodore Barry Bridge (instead of the Del. Mem. Bridge) and taking I295 in NJ to I195 (near Trenton) and getting on the NJ Tnpk at Exit 7. Depending on the traffic, I287 sounds plausible to get to the Tappan Zee if the Garden State Prkwy has traffic, which you wouldn’t know unless you have the radio on and listening for traffic reports. After the Tappan Zee, get on the Merrit Prkwy in CT (bypassing I95) to I91 and the rest should be easy. This might sound crazy, but with a trusty map and GPS, it will knock off a lot of the bumper to bumper hot zones. Then again, on some days like yesterday, you can’t maneuver around the traffic and the ride becomes a nightmare. :-P

  3. Michael G. (unregistered) on November 30th, 2009 @ 9:00 am

    The worse part of the NJ Tnpk is unfortunately the section that you always need to travel though, from Exit 7 to Exit 12.

  4. Veda (unregistered) on November 27th, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    Hello there!. !! Happy Thanksgiving!! :) :)
    Thanksgiving is 1 of my favorite holidays, and every yr I like to get into the mood-extend the holiday, as it were-by reading “Thanksgiving novels.” Not surprisingly, those stories are mostly about family, about coming together to heal old hurts and getting thanks for the gift of love. .. . —
    Do You Think You’re Better Off Today Than You Had been seven Yrs Ago?

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