Starting in 2018 I will probably be making this road trip at least once per year. Google Maps says this is 13 hours but going through the DC-NYC corridor I do not think it is doable in one day.
I was actually thinking of doing the back way (NC-86/US-29/I-64 up to I-81, I-88 to I-87 in New York) which is supposed to be almost two hours longer but traffic would be more predictable and there would be no tolls. Could I do this in 1.5 days (part of the route in the evening after work and then a full day of driving) or would that be too much? What are good stopping points? How bad is the border wait on I-87 in NY?
I'm only 22 and the longest road trip I have made alone is from NC to Philadelphia, so I do not really have an idea of how to plan this and how much driving in one day is too much. Input would be appreciated. Thank you.