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Have you considered heading west into Ontario, and crossing at the 1000 Islands ?
From the 1000 Islands, head south on I-81. At the south end of Virginia, take I-77 south to Columbia South Carolina, and them I-26 south. You could then hook-up with I-95 for the remainder of the drive.
You might wish to post your query on the "Road Trips" forum as well, for additional ideas. That forum is here on TA;
Hi Constantinos M,
Welcome to the MONTREAL TRAVEL FORUM
And I see that you are a Brand NEW Member of TripAdvisor… so a BIG Welcome Aboard as well !!
Indeed as RESCUE TEAM has said... you might have this post DELETED / REMOVED / CLOSED... as it isn't technically about Montreal per se... but in the meantime... hopefully you'll see this...
If you check in with an on-line mapping program (I like GOOGLE MAPS) you will see that coming out of Montreal and heading right into the US, that your options are limited… EVERYTHING funnelling down to I-95 and making its way past the various LARGE Cities of the US Seaboard (such as NYCity and Washington DC)
This is why many who I know of from the Montreal area, make the trek into Ontario and cross at the 1000 Islands Bridge into Upstate NY and the I-81. And thereby being able to by-pass all of the major cities along the Eastern Seaboard (I-81 to I-66 & 17 in Virginia… serves as the last bit to get around Washington DC) and then the I-95 south from there (Fredericksburg VA) thru to Fort Pierce… and lastly the Florida State Turnpike (aka the Ronald Regan Turnpike) to Miami.
The above route is a popular one for those who are driving an RV, or towing a Trailer, Boat or spare car, as this is a less hilly drive and overall has better weather conditions than some of the other options east and west (ie I-87 and the Adirondack Northway, or I-89 and the Green Mountains of Vermont)… so you will see a lot of Quebec License Plates enroute.
GOOGLE MAPS estimates the I-81 & I-95 combo as aprox 2752 Kms or about 29 Hours of Driving Time* while the I-87 Combo that you are probably most familiar with comes in at aprox 2639 Kms and about 28 Hours of Driving Time*
*NOTE – Driving time is just that… time spent driving… it doesn’t account for Stops, Breaks or Sightseeing… nor for Delays caused by things like Border Crossings, Ferry Waits (where applicable), Traffic Congestion, Road Construction or Weather Conditions. It is estimated using GOOGLE MAPS for the shortest most direct routes, and driving under “ideal conditions” at the posted speed limits.
So although technically the Ontario routing is longer as you can see… it can very well end up seeing you in Miami in less time, because you will be avoiding all the major issues in regards to traffic congestion around those large Eastern Seaboard Cities.
Mr Wine & I drive south a few times a year out of Ottawa… and over the years we have tried every possible combo of routes from both Ontario & Quebec… (as we have family in both Montreal as well as far west as the Ohio River Valley)… and the I-81 routing is by far our preferred route for timing and weather.
The jig-and-jag between I-81 to I-95 thru Virginia using I-66 and Hwy 17 are a fabulous way to avoid Washington DC… and using the various by-passes off I-81 and I-95 around various other cities is also a good tip (I-481 around Syracuse NY – I-476 (toll) around Scranton PA – I-295 around Richmond VA – and the I-295 around Jacksonville FL) These aforementioned cities, not being super-large… but the by-passes do make getting around them easier if travelling on a weekday.
As always, there are issues with long haul drives… particularly so in the winter months.
You might want to read thru a recent topic in the ONTARIO TRAVEL FORUM entitled *RV to Florida from Ottawa* = tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g154979-i54-k495828… where I covered some key elements and tips for this journey.
Hope this is helpful,
PS... If you have further Questions on this routing you can always send me a TA PM (Personal Message)... just click on my highlighted User Name (to the left us this screen) that appears under my icon / avatar.Edited: 28 November 2011, 15:39
I remember (kind of) during the fuel crisis in the 70s people from montreal taking the ontario route down, rather than straight down 87. For some reason there was a perception that would be difficult/expensive to find gas stations with gas along the 87 route.
Hello! I've read your message and I would like to know what is your experience in your return trip from Florida to Ottawa. My boyfriend is coming to Montreal and will be driving here. He is hoping to find a route that avoids major traffic and is the shortest as well. Also wandering if you know which border is the least problematic. He will be spending some months here and needs to bring lots of his belongings.
I will greatly appreciate any info'
MarynGeorge you are really opening a can of worms...PM me if you'd like to know more about this, the travel forum isn't the best place...
A can of worms indeed...lol...
Old post from 2011
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