Hmm, sounds like you made the classic rookie mistake of following your GPS’s advise for staying with I-95 or the Washington Bypass I-495... GPS’s tend to pick these routes cause they are significantly shorter in mileage... BUT the traffic around DC IS NUTS.Brian71 wrote: ↑Jul 8th, 2018 8:36 pmI've done both I-77 and I-77. I liked I-79 better mainly because it was more scenic. The major curves were around Beckley VA and further south by the tunnels. It's less like the Parkway once you're in North Carolina. The view from one of the rest stops is worth stopping to look at.
Like others have said avoid I-95. I took that route to Virginia Beach and I was stuck in stop-go traffic around Washington for 3 hours. I was told it's normal.
Everyone, makes this error once... cause once is more than enough sitting in the Interstate Parking Lot.
For future reference, should you ever be in the vicinity again...
No one does the I-95 big city east coast trek (Washington - Baltimore - Philly - NYC - Boston) unless they absolutely have to.
Coming from Ontario and heading to Virginia Beach or Points south, the secret to connecting from I-81 to I-95 is not to follow your GPS... and use either I-66 and then Hwy 17 to get to I-95, or I-64 to I-95 at Richmond ... or get off I-81 at Harrisburg PA and head towards Gettysburg PA / Leesburg VA on Hwy 15 until you meet up with Hwy 29 / 17 to connect to the I-95. This last route, is actually the shortest route, surprisingly... and incredibly scenic & historic as it meanders past the many Civil War Battlegrounds, and thru the Hobby Farms & Estates of Wealthy Virginians, many of whom make the commute to high power jobs in Washington (nicknamed Horse Country by the locals).