Can you hold out a bit longer and make it "south" of Baltimore instead? That would avoid you having to get through Baltimore's rush hour the next morning. You could stay at any number of places near BWI Airport, for example.
Irishfan, thanks for the suggestion. My brother just left after telling us about a highly rated LaQuinta about 30 minutes north of Balto which would put us under 2 hours from Lorton. That way we can avoid the "big rush hour(s)", and still make it to our destination in plenty of time. Having lived in DC metro area, we know the rush really never ends, but waiting 'til after 9 a.m. will be better than dealing with 6 - 9 traffic.
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Don't listen to my suggestion either to travel just that little but further to the BWI or Arundel Mills hotel districts. But it is what I would do knowing what twig can be like.
Personally I would not leave anywhere north of Baltimore at 9:00 in the morning if I had to be in Lorton at 11:00, but I'm assuming the 11:00 arrival in Lorton is just an estimate and not a "must be there" kind of thing.
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