WHAT TO EXPECT
As you head south from New York, expect to see places of major historic significance as
well as diverse scenery. You’ll visit places that were important to the development of our
nation. Pro and college sports seem endless and away from cities there are many
activities — white water rafting, fishing, hiking or just plain sightseeing.
Maybe you’ll see Cadets parade at the United States Military Academy at West Point or
the noon formation at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. You might take part
in a re-enactment of a colonial court case, or ride in a hot air balloon, or visit the White
House, or go to the Smithsonian. You'll feast on Maryland crabs or test both styles of North
Carolina barbecue. So many places to see and things to do!
History buffs will visit battlefields of the Revolutionary War or the Civil War. Places such as
New York City, Philadelphia, Valley Forge, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Charleston,
Gettysburg, and others too numerous to mention down into Georgia were all of great
significance during these wars, both militarily and politically. Visits to local areas will point
you to places that date to the period — maybe there is a plaque that “Washington slept
here” or a farm that was used by the Underground Railway during the Civil War.
As you read this you may wish to trace the route on your road map.
|Explanation of the segments
The most traveled north/south highway in the east is I-95 which goes from northern
Maine to south Florida. Many tourists, who are not visiting Washington, DC or New
York City, take alternate routes to avoid these traffic bottlenecks. Because many
points of interest lie on either side of I-95 two segments are described, one on
each side of I-95. Lateral routes (in green typeface) between these
north/south segments are included as there are clustered points of major
There are a number of ways to skirt the worst traffic in the New York-Washington
corridor. We have taken several. These two seem to be preferred by RVers to
avoid the worst congestion.
This segment is described in purple typeface.
From Newburgh, NY go west to Scranton, PA and then head south. Many
RVers prefer this route as it has less traffic even though parts are on
Interstate Highways. It is mountainous and quite scenic with sightseeing
opportunities. We often go to Scranton and then head south to Harrisburg,
PA and south to the Baltimore area to the Annapolis, MD area.
2. Newburgh, NY to Florida via the coastal segment
This segment is described in black typeface.
From Newburgh, NY go south to Suffern, NY and take I-287 south to the
New Jersey Turnpike. This avoids New York City and Newark, NJ. It‘s a
suitable way to reach Philadelphia and environs. However, you encounter
some heavy traffic. Continue on the NJ Turnpike to the south, and cross the
Memorial Bridge over the Delaware River and enter Delaware and join I-95.
You can avoid Baltimore and Washington (which are on I-95) by going to the
southern end of the New Jersey Turnpike, over the Memorial Bridge to
Delaware then ...
south onto US-13 to Virginia’s Eastern Shore and points south on US-17.
OR take US-301 south to Annapolis, MD and Bowling Green, VA and go
onto I-95 just north of Richmond.
Note: If going north on I-95 take I-295 near Wilmington, DE to get on the NJ
Turnpike using the Memorial Bridge. (We’ve known people who stayed on I–
95 and encountered heavy Philadelphia traffic.)