I generally consider anything over 30 mins a long drive, but because I want to take my dog on vacation (and he's too big to fly in the cabin) I'm going to bite the bullet and drive. I'm looking for a relatively quick but still enjoyable route. It it possible to drive back roads that are still pretty direct? I can break the drive up over two days and need to arrive this Friday 7/17 or early on Saturday 7/18.
I'm leaving from DC and hope to avoid the dreaded NY brides and NJ turnpike. I did this route last summer and it was stressful and not very scenic.
I also would appreciate advice on what time of day or night to leave to avoid the worst traffic. Is it easier to drive at night, since traffic is thinner?
I hope to avoid large truck filled freeways and find some great or unique places to stop along the way for quick visits.
Any suggestions on good roads or places to stop? Thanks in advance!