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Atlantic City to Orlando by car!

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by makuk, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. makuk

    makuk Low-Roller

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    Next year (August) I plan to spend a week in Atlantic City, then drive from Atlantic City to Orlando, spend a week in Orlando and then fly to Las Vegas for a further week, then fly back home to the UK.

    My main question is, has anybody else (been stupid enough) to drive this route and if so, can you recommend any must stop places.

    As I will be driving down the I-95 south through Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, is there anywhere along that route (maybe you live there) that I really should stop and see, naturally I am thinking I have to see the White House in Washington, but is there anywhere else I really should stop and see.

    I don't have a set time scale as yet, so it doesn't really matter if it takes me 2 days or 4 days to do the drive, I am currently setting up my itinerary so feedback would be greatly received

    Thank you
     
  2. JeJas

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    Too many people drive that route( I-95) from northeast to Florida. I've done it many times.
    I usually stop near DC and then in Atlanta.
     
  3. nostresshere

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    If you are going to visit some places along the way, then great. If not, check Southwest.com for cheap flights. No reason to drive unless you are going to visit places along the way. There are a dozen nonstop flights a day for under US$100 each. You can not book August yet, but they will be cheap Is August a set timeframe? Things will be hot then. What are your plans in Orlando?

    The Washington, DC area has so much to do. So many national museums, etc. and you can spend lots of time there.

    Check maps.google to look at your route.
     
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    You could definitely spend a day in DC alone. Or hit Baltimore for the harbor first then continue to DC and do some museum stuff along w/the White House.
     
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    Skip the drive and expense and take Spirit airline direct from AC to Orlando..It's a long drive and not much to see..24 hrs on the road vs 2 and minutes flight..
    Or just see DC and fly from there...Amtrak may still have the overnight train/car transport from Virginia to FL..
     
  6. makuk

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    The idea is to see some of the USA, there are 4 of us, so a $100 flight becomes a $400 flight, gas is cheap in the USA so it would cost less than $100 to drive that distance and I get to see places I can't see 30,000 feet in the air!
     
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    DC as others have mentioned.

    Tour the US Aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Charleston, South Carolina.
    https://www.patriotspoint.org/explore/uss-yorktown/

    In Georgia,
    http://www.jekyllclub.com/
    http://www.jekyllclub.com/about-us/island-history/

    Also in Georgia,
    Do the boat tour at http://www.okeswamp.com/

    Check out St Augustine, Florida. America's Oldest City (kinda),
    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g34599-Activities-Saint_Augustine_Florida.html

    Slightly out of your way, but, Kennedy Space Center is cool,
    https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/
     
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    All adults?
     
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  9. makuk

    makuk Low-Roller

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    2 adults, a 19 year old and a 16 year old.
     
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    makuk Low-Roller

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    Awesome, thank you I will look into these.
     
  11. jerseyguy

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    The drive from AC to DC isnt all that far ,4 hours on a good day . The Long haul is from DC to Florida. Most people travelling to Florida from the north try to avoid the rush hour in DC because it can be a nightmare. Theres a lot to see in DC ,national monuments,museums plenty for all ages I would recommend you stop for a day or two in DC. You can stay ouside DC and use the excellent public trans. to get around. I'm sure people on this board that live in that area can help you with that.
     
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    alternate route once out of jersey is US 13 down DelMarVa peninsula. Not shortest. Scenic though. Over Chesapeake BayBridge Tunnel and pick up 95 further south. Or take the old route 1 if you have the time and feel like exploring.
     
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    Make sure you drive on the correct side of the road.

    So much to see along the way that it couldn't all be mentioned. I'll put in a plug for my home town, Philadelphia, just 65 miles away on the AC Expressway.

    I would give myself no less than 5 or 6 days, depending on funds.
     
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    Washington DC has lots to do and many of the museums are free. Here is a link to the Smithsonian Institute. Haven't been in awhile, but I remember the Air Space Museum was pretty amazing. https://www.si.edu/ Not wanting to be a downer but the US Holocaust Memorial Museum was an incredibly moving experience. https://www.ushmm.org We have stayed in Rosslyn, VA and used the Metro, but you may also want to download the Uber or Lyft app to get around.

    A fellow Philadelphian as well, here is a link to the visitor site. http://www.visitphilly.com/ There is lots of history and it's here where a bunch of delegates to the Second Continental Congress declared independence from England. The ultimate big arm move as they went "all in".

    As others have mentioned, avoid the Baltimore to Washington DC ride during the rush hours, it's a white knuckle drive. Traffic doesn't clear up until past Richmond, Virginia. If you skip Washington DC, you could take a ferry from Cape May, New Jersey to Lewes, Delaware, then drive through the Delmarva Peninsula onto the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and bypass that mess.

    Haven't been to Charleston, South Carolina or Savannah, Georgia, but these are two places worth a visit as you make your way south.

    I envy folks from or across the pond who can take 3 weeks of vacation, you guys seem to get the work/life balance right. Good for you.
     
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    Charleston, SC is a really cool city. Tons of history and great seafood.

    The Outer Banks is another good spot in North Carolina.

    It just goes on and on. The choices are excellent.
     
  16. makuk

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    We've had a change of plans now, we're going to go to Atlantis in the Bahamas with the CET 7 Stars offer instead of Atlantic City, but thank you all for the feedback.