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Philly to OBX through Delaware, whats the best Route

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Philly to OBX through Delaware, whats the best Route

I'm checking in Sunday, mid-June, I plan to leave REAL early to take advantage of empty roads...i should be hitting Dover around 6-7am.

Whats the best Route from there? 13, 113 or 1 through the shore?

I want an interesting drive, I hate slow traffic. I like to drive fast, but I can cool it if I have the road mostly to myself. Its a long drive, and it would be nice to have a fun, interesting road.

Whats the best way to go? Many thanks!

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1. Re: Philly to OBX through Delaware, whats the best Route

I travel from Va Beach to De all the time. I alternate 13 and 113.

There tends to be less traffic and fewer stop lights along 113, however, it will take about 15 minutes longer because it swings you to the east some. It is much more scenic than 13.

Only thing I would say in favor of 13 is that 113 is the road for DE and OC traffic-so it may be heavy with sunday check-ins. Coming back the next week I would definitely take 13.

Either route-consider slowing down-the radar is always out in force. When the town reads 45 or 50 speed limit-do it!

Have a great trip!

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2. Re: Philly to OBX through Delaware, whats the best Route

From SE PA we take rte 13 most of the way down south of Wilmington DE. Never travelled another way than that. Now if we ever invest in GPS that may change

I would be interested to know if anyone out there can recommend a way around the heinous Saturday afternoon traffice on Rte 1 North in Christiana where it merges with all the 95's (I95\495)...that has always been the worst part of the 350 mile trip for us coming home...should we keep heading north on rte 13 and take that thru Wilmington?

Thanks!

scw
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3. Re: Philly to OBX through Delaware, whats the best Route

We found Rt 113 to be a much better road. It's almost like you have it to yourself sometimes. Rt 13 will take you thru 2-3 towns with speed traps and the congestion of Salisbury, MD. There was lots of construction on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which I think is I-64. Also, use the Outer Banks Expressway. It's $2, but it saves time.

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4. Re: Philly to OBX through Delaware, whats the best Route

I do also advise watching for the speed traps, but since the bypass around Salisbury, MD has been built, the traffic moves very well, and most of it is at that 65 mph.

Living in the area, Ialso would come down 13, possibly taking the toll road 1 till south of Dover, and continuing on 13. Safe travels!

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5. Re: Philly to OBX through Delaware, whats the best Route

113 is the way to go. It is less than 2 miles longer than 13, so the distance adds less than three minutes to the travel time.

Speed limits almost entirely 45-55, where 13 fluctuates from 35 to 45 to 40 back to 35, etc., as you move through multiple towns.

Then there are the traffic lights.

From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel website:

Route 113...has only 19 stoplights along the way as opposed to 35 (for Route 13).

Easton, PA
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6. Re: Philly to OBX through Delaware, whats the best Route

Thanks to all, I will take 113. My trip is 2 weeks away but I'm already in vacation-mode!

What is the Outer Banks Expressway? (Toll $2) I googled it but cant find it. Where does it start/end?...what do you bypass? Thx!

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7. Re: Philly to OBX through Delaware, whats the best Route

I think they are referencing this:

"Go south on 168, Chesapeake Expressway*. Once in North Carolina, 168 turns into US 158 East. Follow this road to The Outer Banks.

* Please note: Chesapeake Expressway is a toll-road, which costs $2 each way."

Two years ago we invested in EZPass which is great for states that let you cruise thru @65MPH :) Its also nice that last year/late 2007 the Chesapeake Bay Bridge started accepting EZ pass ($12 each way - http://www.cbbt.com/ezpass.html)

Regards

scw
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8. Re: Philly to OBX through Delaware, whats the best Route

Oops..... it is called the Chesapeake Expressway, not the OB Expressway. This $2 toll road saves lots of time. If you don't use it you'll have to travel on the Battlefield Blvd. This road travels thru lots of small towns with lots of traffic lights. One place we've always stopped in NC is the Morris Farm Market. Very nice, clean private bathroom facilities and a large choice of fruits and vegs. Plus, they offer a nice selection of baked goods and there's lots of freebies throughout the bldg.

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9. Re: Philly to OBX through Delaware, whats the best Route

I echo the statement on Morris Farm market located in Barco...we get all of our produce there. The restrooms are very nice and cleaned regularly. I think they have a total of 6 family restrooms.

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