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Old 04-07-2012, 01:57 AM   #1876
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Nice sharing.
I hope you add more info, we are coming from central
Texas for the first time and have no idea how long it will really take...
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:41 PM   #1877
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Anyone driving from NY or below, Rocky Mount, NC is a great little stop over. I recommend staying at the Country Inn & Suites and having a great meal at the Highway Diner. We also have an awesome Children's Museum with a digital Planetarium and Art Museum that isn't too far off of the highway if the kids need to blow off some steam! And it is free on Sundays! (charge for Planetarium though, but the museums are free!).
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:38 AM   #1878
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We are driving down from SW VA at the end of May. We'll take I-26 down to I-95. But I'm very concerned about driving 95, and delays and traffic, etc. So far, I've not seen anyone take a more "scenic" route. Does anyone not go I-95? And is there a website where I can get information on delays/construction/accidents?
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:12 AM   #1879
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Is there any place I can go to see the gas prices from NJ to FL??
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:57 AM   #1880
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:02 AM   #1881
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tough decisions!

Hi all-help me decide and list pros and cons for each that i may not be thinking of...6 of us traveling from Central Virginia. 2 adults, 2 senior citizens and 2 college students, here are the options
1. take two cars. myself and my 73 year old dad as drivers in one and my son and husband to drive the other car...economical on gas, but worried about my older dad and young-ish son driver for long distances
2. rent a mini van for 6 adults and drive down together, this is what my husband is suggesting.
3. 4 of us drive down together in one of our cars and 2 people fly (probably the college kids to fly-my parents are not airport savy and we adults would need to drive...here a worry about them waking up and getting to the airport in time, etc!!
what do you all think? ! sorry so long and complicated, but i know you'll have great input or fresh ideas!!
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:32 AM   #1882
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We are driving down from SW VA at the end of May. We'll take I-26 down to I-95. But I'm very concerned about driving 95, and delays and traffic, etc. So far, I've not seen anyone take a more "scenic" route. Does anyone not go I-95? And is there a website where I can get information on delays/construction/accidents?
Not sure how far you are from I-81...but we take I-81 S. to 77 to 26 and pick up 95 later on closer to FL(near Savannah)
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:36 AM   #1883
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Hi all-help me decide and list pros and cons for each that i may not be thinking of...6 of us traveling from Central Virginia. 2 adults, 2 senior citizens and 2 college students, here are the options
1. take two cars. myself and my 73 year old dad as drivers in one and my son and husband to drive the other car...economical on gas, but worried about my older dad and young-ish son driver for long distances
2. rent a mini van for 6 adults and drive down together, this is what my husband is suggesting.
3. 4 of us drive down together in one of our cars and 2 people fly (probably the college kids to fly-my parents are not airport savy and we adults would need to drive...here a worry about them waking up and getting to the airport in time, etc!!
what do you all think? ! sorry so long and complicated, but i know you'll have great input or fresh ideas!!
I would def. rent a van if you can afford it, instead of having older folks and teens driving.
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May 2009- 3 nights in a 2 bedroom at SSR and then our 1st Disney cruise on the Magic! Total cost for 2 Cat. 12's -upgraded to Cat. 10's=$2900

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Old 04-17-2012, 10:49 PM   #1884
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I love Gasbuddy! You can use their Trip Calcutator. Put in your home address and I use the address for Pop Century Resort (1050 Century Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fl). Then enter the year, make & model of your car. Gasbuddy then will let you know where you will likely stop to fill-up.

Mapquest will also do this now. Using mapquest you can input the start and finish of your trip, then click the right icon and get all the gas stations, or restaurants, or motels along the route.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:59 AM   #1885
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Thank you Wizard, I was aware of Gas Buddy but didn't know that I could calculate the RT cost in gas for my specific car. How handy, I am paying attention just in case it becomes more economical for me to take the train instead!
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:44 AM   #1886
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Made it in 18 hrs from CT

I just got back from a driving trip from CT to Disney. I believe it was 1150 miles total. Took I-95 straight (GWB, not Tappan Zee and no loops/beltways).

We did the trip down and back in 18 hours -- moving time. Our GPS calculates this for us. I believe the key was that we left CT at 9 p.m. on the way down.

Return trip: left Disney at 2 pm. Didn't tap the brakes once.

Hope my experience provides hope for those like me -- I had so much anxiety about driving that I almost cancelled the trip!! I did not want to give my hard earned money to the airlines .
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:09 PM   #1887
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We will be driving again this summer- thinking of doing the 81/77 route again. But based on when we can leave I am guessing we'll only make it to around Charlotte NC before needing to stop for the night.
Any hotel tips for the area? There are 6 of us. I would like one room if I can get one that sleeps us all cheap enough.

I see there is an Embassy Suites there but it gets iffy reviews. I don't want to get off the road too far.

So where do you stop along 77?
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:21 PM   #1888
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What is the best route from southwest PA? Google maps gives me a choice of two route - I-77/I-95 or just I-95. Anyone with any experience with this drive?
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:43 AM   #1889
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Driving from Mass

I'm a veteran of the I-95 drive back and forth from Ma to Orlando and from Orlando to Ma as we also lived in Orlando for 8 years. I was thinking of trying the 1-84 to I-81 to I-77 and then pick up I-95 in SC this time but I just read that I-81 is under construction. Has anyone done this recently and if so how bad is it? We're leaving Ma on Sept 14th.
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:57 PM   #1890
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I'm a veteran of the I-95 drive back and forth from Ma to Orlando and from Orlando to Ma as we also lived in Orlando for 8 years. I was thinking of trying the 1-84 to I-81 to I-77 and then pick up I-95 in SC this time but I just read that I-81 is under construction. Has anyone done this recently and if so how bad is it? We're leaving Ma on Sept 14th.
We love that drive. It's scenic and usually traffic free(famous last words) I don't know about the construction. In searching I don't see any current " major" construction but I am going to search more. Because that would change our route.
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