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Old 03-16-2021, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default Driving NH to Hilton Head SC

Need advice on driving from the Lake to Hilton Head SC.

I know have been Posts in the past, but cannot locate ?

Looking for best routes, least construction, best places to stay overnight.
Probably going to make the trip in two days, with two overnights in hotels.

Want to avoid NYC and GWB at all costs !

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Old 03-16-2021, 01:58 PM   #2
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Left Concord NH @ 7;30 PM, put me in NYC at midnight with no traffic to speak of over GWB. Hit DC @ 3:00 am, again with light traffic. Only problem was finding a spot to crash that let you in before 2PM. Have a good trip and be safe!!
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Old 03-16-2021, 01:59 PM   #3
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MA pike to 84 south, then Charter Oak Bridge just before Hartford. Next is Merritt Parkway/Wilbur Cross Pkwy/RT 15 off 84 to Cuomo Bridge (formerly Tappen Zee), then Garden State Pkwy to NJ pike (RT95). Gas up at first rest area after getting onto the Garden State Pkwy (Montvale Service Plaza).Like this route instead fo GWB.
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Old 03-16-2021, 02:19 PM   #4
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Old 03-16-2021, 02:24 PM   #5
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Just did this to FL. The only general observation I’ll make is that traffic is significantly lighter everywhere. Of course, there are busier times but relatively speaking, just less traffic. I hate driving I-495 around DC, but even at 8:00 am weekday very little slow up. Of course, bumper to bumper, but it always moved.
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Old 03-16-2021, 05:07 PM   #6
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First, thanks to Steve-On-Mark about the 'gators', I'm around the corner from Sea Pines, and see them all the time down here ! Gators are fast on land, so if you're being chased by on, either zig-zag, or be in front of the person ahead

I forgot to add, I'll be driving on the weekends, so hopefully make going through D.C. a breeze...... Trip not planned until mid-June, and will be leaving for S.C. on a Sat. morning, and returning the following Sun. night.

Also, for the return trip to N.H. I'll be pulling a small U-Haul trailer, so not sure what issues that may create. Not sure I can take the trailer on the Merritt Pkway in CT, can someone comment on this for me.

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Trailers are NOT PERMITTED on CT Parkways.
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Old 03-16-2021, 06:08 PM   #8
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Best way to go? Scenic route, almost no tolls, no traffic issues & trailer friendly:


From Concord, NH take 93 South to Woburn, MA and take Route 95 South.

Take the Mass Turnpike West (Route 90) to Route 84 West.

Follow 84 into Wilkes-Barre, PA and take Route 81 South.

In Virginia, get on Route 64 East which takes you to Route 95 in Richmond, VA.

Follow 95 South until you hit Route 278 in South Carolina.

Take Route 278 directly to Hilton Head.

Allow 19 Hours.

If you are a member of AAA they will make a TripTik for you.
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Just today I was talking to someone about driving from CT to HHI. . He recommended picking up RT 81 also. Much nicer drive. We are going end of April and I am considering driving rather than flying.
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Old 03-16-2021, 06:57 PM   #10
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Best way to go? Scenic route, almost no tolls, no traffic issues & trailer friendly:


From Concord, NH take 93 South to Woburn, MA and take Route 95 South.

Take the Mass Turnpike West (Route 90) to Route 84 West.

Follow 84 into Wilkes-Barre, PA and take Route 81 South.

In Virginia, get on Route 64 East which takes you to Route 95 in Richmond, VA.

Follow 95 South until you hit Route 278 in South Carolina.

Take Route 278 directly to Hilton Head.

Allow 19 Hours.

If you are a member of AAA they will make a TripTik for you.
This is the route I take, except I avoid Richmond but taking 288 off 64 west of Richmond, which connects with 95 south of Richmond. I don’t like going further south on 81 than 64 because I find it’s too heavy with trucks.


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I did a very similar drive a few times going to university in Charleston, SC. I would usually stick 95 the whole way for time's sake, but if I were looking for something more scenic/less traffic and wanted two stops- here's my suggestion.
  • Leave NH, head west to Albany through VT, then south to Warwick, NY and check out the winery.
  • Staying west of NYC, head south through NJ, then go south through the DELMARVA peninsula and spend the night in Norfolk, VA.
  • Head out of Norfolk and 7 hours later get down to HH.

Enjoy the drive!
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I've done I-87 in North/Southbound in NY many times, to avoid Conn. and NY city traffic.

I-87 from/to Vt or MA. is a nice ride.

I avoid I-93 and prefer I-91 for North/Southbounds

I-91 and I-90 merge in Chicopee/Springfield, MA is a nice merge.

Staying on I-91 north to Brattleboro, VT exit is also nice.
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I've done I-87 in North/Southbound in NY many times, to avoid Conn. and NY city traffic.

I-87 from/to Vt or MA. is a nice ride.

I avoid I-93 and prefer I-91 for North/Southbounds

I-91 and I-90 merge in Chicopee/Springfield, MA is a nice merge.

Staying on I-91 north to Brattleboro, VT exit is also nice.
From 87 what route do you take to get to 91?
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From 87 what route do you take to get to 91?

The NY Thruway Berkshire Connector (912M) to Mass. Pike, (I-90), then pick-up I-91 in Chicopee, MA and head north.
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The NY Thruway Berkshire Connector (912M) to Mass. Pike, (I-90), then pick-up I-91 in Chicopee, MA and head north.
Should add that route 912M is south of Albany, NY and I-90 goes into Albany but no need to go there.
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Whatever you do, don't stay on I-95 to DC. Get off the Jersey Pike at Newark, Delaware, and go east to join finally with old US 301 to Richmond. Then take 95 to Hilton Head exit.
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Best way to go? Scenic route, almost no tolls, no traffic issues & trailer friendly.
-From Concord, NH take 93 South to Woburn, MA and take Route 95 South.
-Take the Mass Turnpike West (Route 90) to Route 84 West.
-Follow 84 into Wilkes-Barre, PA and take Route 81 South.
-In Virginia, get on Route 64 East which takes you to Route 95 in Richmond,VA.
-Follow 95 South until you hit Route 278 in South Carolina.
-Take Route 278 directly to Hilton Head.
Off on my trip to Hilton Head next week, and following 'TheTimeTraveler' route.

Question to the Forum, is there any construction along these Routes, or things to be aware about ?

I'm making this a 2 day trip, and plan on traveling on Sat & Sun, and will start driving each day by 8:00am.

Thanks for your feedback !

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Best way to go? Scenic route, almost no tolls, no traffic issues & trailer friendly.
-From Concord, NH take 93 South to Woburn, MA and take Route 95 South.
-Take the Mass Turnpike West (Route 90) to Route 84 West.
-Follow 84 into Wilkes-Barre, PA and take Route 81 South.
-In Virginia, get on Route 64 East which takes you to Route 95 in Richmond,VA.
-Follow 95 South until you hit Route 278 in South Carolina.
-Take Route 278 directly to Hilton Head.
Off on my trip to Hilton Head next week, and following 'TheTimeTraveler' route.

Question to the Forum, is there any construction along these Routes, or things to be aware about ?

I'm making this a 2 day trip, and plan on traveling on Sat & Sun, and will start driving each day by 8:00am.

Thanks for your feedback !
Just came back from our HH vacation...detoured through Leesburg, VA to see family.. no construction south of Fredricksburg.

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