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    Planning a Route through PA...

    Hello everyone.

    I am going to Washington D.C. from Toronto. We are trying to plan a route through PA...the quickest route possible.

    So I tried Mapquest, and it turns out they have a all Interstate Route, but, alot of it is toll roads (I76) for about 133 miles. That blows. Interstate is nice, with all the Rest Areas and what not, but 133 miles of tolls in PA + 93 miles of tolls in NY is too much $$$.

    So I turned on "Avoid tolls" and it said a route which I don't want to take, due to the smaller roads (can't drive as fast). A Friend suggested Highway 15 South, through Williamsport, Harrisburg, etc.

    Which route is good?

    Thanks in advance.
    -Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by ly_br25 View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I am going to Washington D.C. from Toronto. We are trying to plan a route through PA...the quickest route possible.

    So I tried Mapquest, and it turns out they have a all Interstate Route, but, alot of it is toll roads (I76) for about 133 miles. That blows. Interstate is nice, with all the Rest Areas and what not, but 133 miles of tolls in PA + 93 miles of tolls in NY is too much $$$.

    So I turned on "Avoid tolls" and it said a route which I don't want to take, due to the smaller roads (can't drive as fast). A Friend suggested Highway 15 South, through Williamsport, Harrisburg, etc.

    Which route is good?

    Thanks in advance.
    15 south may work it can just be real slow sometimes and you get on 11/15 south towards harrisburg its 55 but everyone does like 70.....I drive I drive 40 miles of it twice a week
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    I'm not too familiar with the highways in the center of the state, but I-76 to I-79 is not a bad drive - you'll pass right by me. I just checked the tolls on the PA turnpike website, and I think that leg of 76 is only $8 each way. I'm guessing it will be the fastest/easiest route, but I don't know the alternatives too well.

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    Hey there...coincidently I just went up to Toronto this past weekend and the roadtrip took me 8 hrs. Total spent in tolls were $1.95 USD.

    Any way, I used Route 11/15 (the road is mostly 15). 15-south will take you through Williamsport and into the Harrisburg area, but if you're going to DC...you may not need to drive all the way to Harrisburg and can find another route that will be more direct to Washington DC...

    My route was:
    QEW
    I-190
    I-290
    I-90 (to Batavia RT-98)
    SR-63 (to I-390 / Genesee)
    Then US-15 South (and then I pretty much stayed on 15 till I got to where I needed to go)

    8 hrs from Toronto to my destination (425 miles or so)
    Maybe there is a better route..but I found my drive scenic (most of it at least)

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    95N to 695 just north of Baltimore
    695 to 83N
    83N to 11N
    11N to 11/15N
    15N to 390N
    390N to 90W
    90W to 407 (Canada hwy if I remember correctly).

    Ive done this route a few times. You can get stuck behind slow traffic on 11/15 but it isn't a bad route, and it is by far the straightes shot. Taking I76 seams a bit out of the way to me.

    You really can't avoid tolls totally, but you can minimize them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YBNormal07 View Post
    95N to 695 just north of Baltimore
    695 to 83N
    83N to 11N
    11N to 11/15N
    15N to 390N
    390N to 90W
    90W to 407 (Canada hwy if I remember correctly).

    Ive done this route a few times. You can get stuck behind slow traffic on 11/15 but it isn't a bad route, and it is by far the straightes shot. Taking I76 seams a bit out of the way to me.

    You really can't avoid tolls totally, but you can minimize them.
    Thanks for the info. Oddly, I76 + I79 is the quickest way shown on my GPS system, MapQuest, GoogleMaps, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Business810 View Post
    I'm not too familiar with the highways in the center of the state, but I-76 to I-79 is not a bad drive - you'll pass right by me. I just checked the tolls on the PA turnpike website, and I think that leg of 76 is only $8 each way. I'm guessing it will be the fastest/easiest route, but I don't know the alternatives too well.
    I would think so too, its straight forward, and you can drive quickly, easily (75 MPH). And your right, its $8 each way, according to the calculator they have. Thanks!! I wonder how much it is for the I90 leg in NY; they dont got a site.

    Quote Originally Posted by wrxnoobie02 View Post
    Hey there...coincidently I just went up to Toronto this past weekend and the roadtrip took me 8 hrs. Total spent in tolls were $1.95 USD.

    Any way, I used Route 11/15 (the road is mostly 15). 15-south will take you through Williamsport and into the Harrisburg area, but if you're going to DC...you may not need to drive all the way to Harrisburg and can find another route that will be more direct to Washington DC...

    My route was:
    QEW
    I-190
    I-290
    I-90 (to Batavia RT-98)
    SR-63 (to I-390 / Genesee)
    Then US-15 South (and then I pretty much stayed on 15 till I got to where I needed to go)

    8 hrs from Toronto to my destination (425 miles or so)
    Maybe there is a better route..but I found my drive scenic (most of it at least)
    Hmm that sounds pretty good, but how much of US-15 is divided? Next thing you know it, I will be behind a truck on those twisties in those mountains/hills.

    BigB007, thanks for the info about 15. We might consider it.
    -Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by ly_br25 View Post

    Hmm that sounds pretty good, but how much of US-15 is divided? Next thing you know it, I will be behind a truck on those twisties in those mountains/hills.

    BigB007, thanks for the info about 15. We might consider it.
    US-15 can be annoying most of it is two lanes so you won't have to worry about the trucks too much but also could slow down when going through towns and what not that's always a downside to those kind of roads.

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    I was doing about 70mph on 15 the whole time...I did get stuck in certain areas where traffic built up...but on my way up there (I left around 10pm) and no one was on the road so I flew by...on my way back I was in the area around 2-3pm so daytime traffic.

    All in all, it wasn't a bad drive..there are passing zones too if I remember.

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    Thanks for the replies. It seems like 15/11 is good. We might just take 15/11 on the way there, and interstate on the way back. or the other way around.
    -Bruce

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