This may not be the typical road trip thread in regards to suggestions on what to see and scenic routes. I'm more looking for some advice from anyone familiar with these areas on what the best way to go from Toronto to Philadelphia is. Trying to do this trip and return home in a day. (I'm actually started about 45 mins West of Toronto and ending about an hour north of Philly near Quakertown - so I'm guessing this would cut an hour off the standard Toronto to Philly trip each way?)
I've been advised to take I90 from Buffalo to Syracuse then I81 to just before Scranton and then the PA Turnpike I-476...
1. Is this the fastest route to take?
2. I'm planning on going July 1st (holiday weekend in Canada) - am I going to be waiting hours to cross the border? I'm assuming on a long weekend that Sunday would be the least busy day, with more people crossing Fri night & Sat morning and going home on the holiday Monday? I could be wrong... I have no idea. My plan was to hit the border on the way there sometime around 5-6am, will this help me avoid delays? Is there a better bridge to cross to save time?
3. I've obviously mapped this a couple ways but don't trust Google Maps time estimates over an actual human... so what's the real driving time between Toronto & Philadelphia?
4. Are there lots of speed traps or areas to watch out for? Not that I plan on speeding, but more wondering if the flow of traffic is 10-15 over, are you good in NY State & PA? I remember a couple years back in TN we were doing about 140km/h and getting passed consistently on the interstate.
That is pretty much it... so I'm just wondering how realistic this is in terms of driving time as I have no idea on the real time vs. estimated map times. Google has it around 8 hours each way... 16 total. I have done as far as Toronto to Atlanta in a day which took about 17 hours but included at least an extra hour going through rush hour traffic when arriving downtown.
Any other tips are appreciated and welcome.