I am (unfortunately) driving down to DC this Friday night from New York. (I know, I know, but the trains are sold out and the buses don't work for various reasons - trust me, I tried not to have to drive.) I'm staying with a friend who lives off of the GW Parkway near DCA. She has advised me to take the outer loop of 495 around the north side to the GW Parkway. We're unlikely to leave New York before 5PM, and as such will be unlikely to approach DC before 10PM. I have had terrible luck with Beltway traffic on Friday nights before, and with both the rally and marathon this weekend, I can't imagine it will be better than usual. Is there a better route that will avoid more traffic? Would I be better off taking the Jersey Pike the whole way down and coming across 301 instead of 95? I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks.