We are planning to take a new and untested route from Ontario Canada to Florida for the holidays... swinging east to Syracuse, NY and then down to Delaware for the first day of driving, then to see the wild ponies at Assateague Island in Maryland.
Unfortunately with our schools letting out late this year, we will be traveling at the day I expect will be a traffic nightmare - Friday December 23.
Can anyone anticipate the times to avoid any rush hours around the major cities, road constructions, etc on this route? Is this the way NYC travelers will choose to head south for their holidays?
Mapquest routes me down Hwy / Rt 9 coming south through Scranton, Allentown, etc. At some point we will divert from Hwy 81 and come towards Philadelphia on 9. Is this a good idea? Is it a very curvy or hilly drive that we'd have problems with in heavy snow or ice? If its pretty straightforward, would it be a good idea to not divert from it (i.e. go to Jim Thorpe for example)?
Can someone give me a good idea of how Rt 9 comes on to 76 or the 476 at Philadelphia? We will be heading toward Wilmington. Where Rt 9 comes in near Norristown, what signs should I watch for, and will I need to make sudden lane changes? What is the way the locals would take from Scranton to Wilmington?
I am used to driving in heavy Toronto traffic, but considering that we will be arriving after dark, any suggestions are appreciated!