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Driving NYC to Cape Cod

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Driving NYC to Cape Cod

We're staying a week in NYC (Brooklyn) mid June, and then leaving on a Sunday morning and driving to Cape Cod for a few days. I'd like to stop for lunch in Newport RI instead of following the route through Providence but worry about the traffic (which I imagine will be heavy) on secondary routes. Any advice? Would it be worth a stop in Newport even though it would only be for a few hours? Thanks!

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1. Re: Driving NYC to Cape Cod

Newport is nice. You'll encounter some traffic but it isn't the end of the world. Newport is lovely. Sometimes you can't plan your entire itinerary around traffic.

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Is there anyway to go on Friday or Monday? If not, just go with the flow and bring good music or books on tape.

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Newport is certainly worth a stop. Make sure you walk some of the Clff Walk!

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4. Re: Driving NYC to Cape Cod

For the last part of your trip, getting over the Cape Cod Canal from the 'mainland" is infinitely easier on a Sunday than a Friday. I can't speak to the Brooklyn --> Newport part of the trip, but lots of people who visited the Cape for the weekend leave the Cape on Sunday, causing backups on that side of the bridges.

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If you are leaving Sunday morning around 9AM, you should have no problem reaching Newport. around noon time. Any other day besides Sunday and you could be in for a shock. Regardless, check mta.info on the bridge traffic that morning. Traffic could back up if there are repair scheduled. Once you cross the bridge, just follow on 95 into Connecticut. Should your schedule changes and need to head out on a monday or saturday, instead of 95, take Hutchinson Parkway to Merritt Parkway then get back on 95 around Milford/West Haven, CT. The traffic close by Newport is manageable during noon time any day (base on my experience).

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Traffic on Route 95 early Sunday AM should be light. Obviously, if it's a hot day, there may be beach traffic, especially to Newport.

Newport is a great place. Do the cliff walk (pretty views), take a tour of one of the mansions, and (if you're into Tennis) go see the Tennis Hall of Fame. Or just walk along the beach.

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7. Re: Driving NYC to Cape Cod

My daughter graduated from college in Newport and for 4 years it was on our trip list, so much to do, see, eat and enjoy.

We never fussed about traffic, you get what you get, of course in the summer it is a bit heavier, but most of our visits were during the school year.

Go, ENJOY!

You'll love it.

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8. Re: Driving NYC to Cape Cod

Thanks everyone, your insight is greatly appreciated!

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