Due to the comments I've read on this forum, I'm considering staying at a hotel off the island. We're thinking of driving onto the island after much of the daytime traffic has left -- say 7:00 in the evening -- and staying until dark so we can see it lit up. We'd then drive back to the hotel that night, and perhaps visit again the following morning, no later than 9:30, hopefully missing the crush of visitors the next day.
Does this plan make sense? Is it safe to drive off the island after dark? Will I miss most of the traffic this way? Do the times make sense? We will be visiting in August, and I'm really motivated to miss the crowds.