I will be taking my first every attempted drive down to The Outer Banks in NC (Emerald Isle the lower part of the Outer Banks). We are going to visit family and are thinking of attempting this drive rather than forking over 2 grand for tickets. I'm looking for some advice on a few things since everyone on this board seems to really be knowledgeable. I was thinking of attempting the drive straight through the night in hopes that my kids will sleep through the night in the car (Leave around 8pm and hope to arrive around 8am) or atleast a good portion of the drive down.
1. What do you recommend as far as traveling through NYC & DC. Should I drive straight on 95 since I'll be traveling through their late at night or early morning? or should I avoid NYC and DC and go around like on the Tappen Zee Bridge? If anyone has done this many times before I'll take complete recommended driving directions all the way down since I have no idea what the best way to go is.
2. Do you think I'm being too ambitious to make it all in one day with two small kids? This is why I'm thinking about driving through the night. I think it would be too much if did this during the daytime during their awake hours. Plus I feel like the traffic would be much less at night and early morning hours. Although night time road work could be an issue as well.
If anyone has any other advice. I'm all ears since this is the longest drive I have ever attempted. I plan on rotating driving with my wife around 6 or 7 hours into our drive so I'm not completely destroyed when I arrive in NC in the morning...lol
Look forward to hear your advice.