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Driving Washington DC to Ithaca - best route?

Old Apr 29, 19, 7:23 am
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Driving Washington DC to Ithaca - best route?

Google Maps presents 2 routes: US-15 through Corning/Elmira (shorter distance) or I-81 through Binghampton.
Which would you recommend for speed and ease of drive?

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Old Apr 30, 19, 6:49 am
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Originally Posted by tide View Post
Google Maps presents 2 routes: US-15 through Corning/Elmira (shorter distance) or I-81 through Binghampton.
Which would you recommend for speed and ease of drive?

Thanks
I-81, at least at times when the traffic isn’t bad.
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Old Apr 30, 19, 10:59 am
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Originally Posted by tide View Post
Google Maps presents 2 routes: US-15 through Corning/Elmira (shorter distance) or I-81 through Binghampton.
Which would you recommend for speed and ease of drive?

Thanks
I have done both.

The binghampton route is mostly interstate. You could go beltway to 95 to 694 to 83 to 81

I have done 15 numerous times.

16 to harrisburg is an expressway. north of harrisburgh its a 2 lane road. Just south of 80 you run into a town with a bunch of traffic lights that could take forever.

After I-80 its mostly an expressway to I-86/MY 17 in NY

Id do 81 since the desrination is ithica. If you want to do a split of this drive and stop for the night then go 15,
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Old Apr 30, 19, 11:27 am
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Originally Posted by djp98374 View Post
I have done both.

The binghampton route is mostly interstate. You could go beltway to 95 to 694 to 83 to 81

I have done 15 numerous times.

16 to harrisburg is an expressway. north of harrisburgh its a 2 lane road. Just south of 80 you run into a town with a bunch of traffic lights that could take forever.

After I-80 its mostly an expressway to I-86/MY 17 in NY

Id do 81 since the desrination is ithica. If you want to do a split of this drive and stop for the night then go 15,
I don't mean to derail the thread, but since you've been through the area, do you know of a town with parking in the middle of the street that's either a little ways before or after Triangle NY? I drove through years ago and I can't remember the name and haven't been able to track it down with Google maps. It was literally a wide road with parking spots in the middle, either perpendicular or diagonal to the flow of traffic. I can't remember the name or find the town and it's been bugging me for years!
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I don't mean to derail the thread, but since you've been through the area, do you know of a town with parking in the middle of the street that's either a little ways before or after Triangle NY? I drove through years ago and I can't remember the name and haven't been able to track it down with Google maps. It was literally a wide road with parking spots in the middle, either perpendicular or diagonal to the flow of traffic. I can't remember the name or find the town and it's been bugging me for years!
If it was on NY-206, possibly Greene, NY.
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If it was on NY-206, possibly Greene, NY.
I just went through Greene with Google maps and that's it!! Thank you!
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Old Apr 30, 19, 3:56 pm
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Originally Posted by GUWonder View Post
I-81, at least at times when the traffic isnít bad.
Originally Posted by djp98374 View Post
I have done both.
The binghampton route is mostly interstate. You could go beltway to 95 to 694 to 83 to 81
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16 to harrisburg is an expressway. north of harrisburgh its a 2 lane road. Just south of 80 you run into a town with a bunch of traffic lights that could take forever.
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Id do 81 since the desrination is ithica. If you want to do a split of this drive and stop for the night then go 15,
Thanks @GUWonder and @djp98374. After looking at Google StreetView, I-81 is the way to go.
I'll take the beltway to 270N, US-15N through Harrisburg and then link-up to the I-81 to Ithaca
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Either way, if you aren't in a hurry to get to Ithaca, send me a PM when you know your travel dates and we can meet for drinks or dinner. @jrl767 has made this drive several times.
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Originally Posted by tide View Post
Google Maps presents 2 routes: US-15 through Corning/Elmira (shorter distance) or I-81 through Binghampton.
Which would you recommend for speed and ease of drive?

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Are you sure that you wouldn't rather fly? There are now three daily nonstops from IAD to ITH on UA Express.
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Are you sure that you wouldn't rather fly? There are now three daily nonstops from IAD to ITH on UA Express.
What!? and miss all the scenery?
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Old May 8, 19, 6:57 pm
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Originally Posted by kipper View Post
Either way, if you aren't in a hurry to get to Ithaca, send me a PM when you know your travel dates and we can meet for drinks or dinner. @jrl767 has made this drive several times.
Thanks. Unfortunately, I will be in and out with what looks like a packed schedule for my child's campus dorm move-in.

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Are you sure that you wouldn't rather fly? There are now three daily nonstops from IAD to ITH on UA Express.
Looks to be expensive to fly. My kid flew this route recently. Landed at ITH (on a Sunday afternoon) to find no taxis in rank. 2 Uber's cancelled in a row.

Again thanks all for the help and comments.
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I-81 makes me shudder. 18 wheeler city.
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Originally Posted by tide View Post
Thanks. Unfortunately, I will be in and out with what looks like a packed schedule for my child's campus dorm move-in.



Looks to be expensive to fly. My kid flew this route recently. Landed at ITH (on a Sunday afternoon) to find no taxis in rank. 2 Uber's cancelled in a row.

Again thanks all for the help and comments.
LOL, I'm near MDT, so if you have time on the way home, PM me.
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Originally Posted by tide View Post
Thanks. Unfortunately, I will be in and out with what looks like a packed schedule for my child's campus dorm move-in.



Looks to be expensive to fly. My kid flew this route recently. Landed at ITH (on a Sunday afternoon) to find no taxis in rank. 2 Uber's cancelled in a row.

Again thanks all for the help and comments.
There's ROC and SYR too, and they're not far if you can get a rental. i-90 doesn't have that much going for it, but it's at least an easy enough drive most of the time. Then there's a nice easy drive down whichever of the Fingerlakes you go south along.
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