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  1. Default Atlanta GA to Philadelphia PA over Memorial Day, avoiding I-40 AND Charlotte NC

    Does anyone have any advice on how to drive from Atlanta GA to Philadelphia PA while avoiding both I-40 AND Charlotte NC? Charlotte NC is a real bear over Memorial Day weekend. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeachStateRazorback View Post
    Does anyone have any advice on how to drive from Atlanta GA to Philadelphia PA while avoiding both I-40 AND Charlotte NC? Charlotte NC is a real bear over Memorial Day weekend. Thanks!
    That's easy. I-20 east to Florence, SC, thence I-95 north to Philly. Depending upon where in ATL you're leaving from, the route may be faster across the board. I-20 is much flatter, fewer cities/towns, and high posted speed limits. When my routing calls for ATL from Raleigh, NC, I always choose I-20 and I-95, unless it's far northern or northeastern ATL I'm heading to or from.

    Foy

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    Default The Other 'Easy' Option

    If you think Charlotte is a bear, then how do you put up with Richmond, Washington and the stretch of I-95 between DC and Philadelphia? And if you're willing to go the few extra miles that Foy's route entails, then think about what you can get for just a few more. From Atlanta head up to Knoxville(!?!) on I-75 and then take I-81 up through the Great Valley with the Blue Ridge off to your left all the way to Harrisburg and finish up by taking the PA Turnpike into the Philadelphia area. Admittedly, that way adds about 10% to the mileage and cannot be done in one day (but then neither, realistically, can a straight shot to Philly), but it is a scenic and relaxing drive which avoids pretty much all of the major cities between your two endpoints.

    AZBuck

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    I would recommend staying far away from DC during Memorial Day weekend. I've driven around the area at that time several years, and it's always pretty slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foy View Post
    That's easy. I-20 east to Florence, SC, thence I-95 north to Philly. Depending upon where in ATL you're leaving from, the route may be faster across the board. I-20 is much flatter, fewer cities/towns, and high posted speed limits. When my routing calls for ATL from Raleigh, NC, I always choose I-20 and I-95, unless it's far northern or northeastern ATL I'm heading to or from.


    Foy
    Thank you for your suggestion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck View Post
    If you think Charlotte is a bear, then how do you put up with Richmond, Washington and the stretch of I-95 between DC and Philadelphia? And if you're willing to go the few extra miles that Foy's route entails, then think about what you can get for just a few more. From Atlanta head up to Knoxville(!?!) on I-75 and then take I-81 up through the Great Valley with the Blue Ridge off to your left all the way to Harrisburg and finish up by taking the PA Turnpike into the Philadelphia area. Admittedly, that way adds about 10% to the mileage and cannot be done in one day (but then neither, realistically, can a straight shot to Philly), but it is a scenic and relaxing drive which avoids pretty much all of the major cities between your two endpoints.

    AZBuck
    Thank you for your suggestion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayelli View Post
    I would recommend staying far away from DC during Memorial Day weekend. I've driven around the area at that time several years, and it's always pretty slow.
    Thank you for the advice!

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