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Driving from VT to MD with two kid

 
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Hi all
I am planning my trip to US this August,
I am asking advice on where to stay and how to split the long 9 hr drive from St Albans, VT to Rockville, MD.
Thank you!

[edited to change "form" to "from" in the subject because the typo was bugging me]
 
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Nine hours sound aggressive. There are some pretty big cities between those locations. You will certainly run into traffic.

BTW, we can better help with suggestions, if you give us the possible routes.

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Also, how old are your kids? For example Sesame Place is awesome for young children, but if your children are older they will be bored. (It's near Trenton, NJ.)
 
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Henry Wong wrote:
Nine hours sound aggressive. There are some pretty big cities between those locations. You will certainly run into traffic.
BTW, we can better help with suggestions, if you give us the possible routes.


I think we can spend 2 days on this drive,
I can drive at night time in order to avoid traffic, and let the kids sleep while driving.


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Also, how old are your kids


They are 3.5 and 6
 
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Sharon,
I think 2 days is doable. We did NY to Maryland in one shot when I was little. We also did Boston to NY in one shot. So assuming you stop about halfway between VT and MD, I think two days makes sense. (I do agree with Henry that 9 hours is optimistic.)

I would definitely recommend stopping near Sesame Place and taking them there for a day. It's a full day activity though so you may not be rested enough to drive at night. If your husband (or any other adult is in the car), this sounds doable though. One of you takes a nap during the day and is therefore able to drive in the evening/night. Sesame Place would also tire them out nicely so you could probably leave 4pm or so for MD.

Personally, I'd take an extra day and make it more vacation like. VT to NJ day one, Sesame Place day two, NJ to MD day three. That way your children sleep better (in real beds) and aren't cranky. But you know your kids. If they can handle sleeping in the car, that's great.

Or if you aren't in a hurry to get from VT to MD and can stop off more often, good cities to stop in are NYC and Philly. There's a lot for all age people to do.

I would recommend the Children's Museum of Boston because it's one of the best I've ever been to, but Boston is out of the way so probably not a good idea.




 
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I've done it in one shot, and yes, its a long day, but I prefer getting it over with. The Sessame Place suggestion is great if you want to stop, there are lots of reasonably priced motels near it. Our kid loved going there when she was small.

The obvious path is just slogging down I95, but NY traffic during rush hour is bad. It can add 2 to 3 hours to the trip length if you hit it at a bad time. NYC rush hour is 4 or more hours both morning and evening, worse on Friday evening.

I plan it as a 10 hour trip, and expect it to occasionally take longer.

Warning to the travler with kids: there are not a lot of public rest rooms in the 40 mile radius of NYC on I95. Plan your potty breaks wisely. There are some rest areas on the NJ Turnpike, but not many at all from the GW bridge well into Connecticut.

 
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Pat Farrell wrote:There are some rest areas on the NJ Turnpike, but not many at all from the GW bridge well into Connecticut.



I am not convinced that CT is the best route. I am assuming that you are recommending heading somewhat south and east, and take 91 south to meet 95. There are some serious traffic along 95 in CT, and definitely in Westchester to the GW bridge.

I am thinking, from that part of VT, it may be better to head somewhat south and west, across the Hudson, and try to pick up the 87 heading south -- avoiding NYC entirely.

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My favorite route, but its longer, it to take the NY Throughway down from Albany to the Tappan Zee bridge, and head over to I84/ I81. Its much more mellow, avoids nearly all of NYC., Philly, Bal'mer, etc. but it probably is an hour longer then the obvious way down I95. Of course, if you hit The City in rush hour, the long way will be faster.
 
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Google maps provides an interesting default route. It is not an unreasonable suggestion.

It takes you over to the Northway (I-87) using the famous Whitehall/Glens Falls windup. Then over to Binghampton and down I-81 through Pennsylvania. The Harrisburg to Gettysburg bit used to be slow, but I haven't passed that way in 15 years or so, so I have no idea how things are these days. I think part of the point of this route is staying way clear of NYC and I-95.

Me, I'd keep coming down I-87 until I-287. Then I'd either take I-78 west into PA and down I-81 like Google suggests, or continue down through NJ on one of the highways (I have a mental block about the highways in New Jersey, in part due to the gap in I-95) and down past/through Philadelphia and Baltimore. The choice of route in this case would depend on the likelihood of hitting those cities at rush hour.
 
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For those of us not too familiar with the NE, this conversation sounds a bit Monty Python-ish
 
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All driving in New England is Monty Python-ish

Driving in VT and most of Connecticut is very nice. Driving in Boston is insane. Driving in NYC is special, only for the professionals.
 
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