Hey there, New Englanders.
I currently live in Monmouth County, New Jersey (where Sandy hit). I recently bought tickets to see Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium next year. The concert is on Friday, July 26. I've already booked a room at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood, north of Foxborough.
I plan to drive from the Jersey Shore all the way to Gillette Stadium on the day of the concert (I don't have the money to stay two nights in a hotel). However, I do want to check into the Sheraton, take a shower, and grab something to eat before venturing off to the stadium for the concert. (Also, if time permits, I'd like to stroll around Patriot Place.)
I've driven from Central Jersey to Gillette Stadium before. When I saw U2 at Gillette Stadium back in 2009, I took the Garden State Parkway, the NY Thruway, the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Connecticut Turnpike, and US Route 1. Unfortunately, there was construction all along the CT Turnpike. Needless to say, it took me over five hours to reach Foxborough. And this was on a Saturday afternoon/night.
Next year I plan to take the NJ Turnpike, the GWB, the CT Turnpike, and US Route 1 for my second trip to Gillette Stadium. But this time, I'll be traveling on a Friday morning. So I'm sure I'll have to fight the North Jersey traffic.
Ideally, I want to reach Norwood by the early afternoon on the day of the concert.
What time should I hit the road that morning?
Which route will take me to Norwood in the shortest amount of time?
After looking at Google Maps, I just want to hear what you guys have to say.
I appreciate any travel advice. Thanks everyone!