State Capitols · Northeast Tour
September 2006 - Route Overview

S t a t e s    W e ' l l    V i s i t
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South Carolina (-)

North Carolina (7)

Virginia (5)

Maryland (4)

Delaware (2)

New Jersey (1)

Connecticut (1)

Rhode Island (1)

Massachusetts (1)

New Hampshire (1)

Maine (1)

Vermont (1)

New York (1)

Pennsylvania (2)

West Virginia (2)

The number after each state name is the number of times we have visited that state since these trips started in June, 2004. South Carolina, our home state, is unrated.
The state's name is a link to the route through that state.

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As you can see from the map to the left, we'll be driving from Aiken up to Maine and then back.

All of the maps for this trip were carefully created by The Navigator using DeLorme Street Atlas software. The start of the route is indicated by a green dot and the end of the route by a red dot. Stops along the way, in this case the state capitols, are indicated by a yellow dot. And, yes, I know Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, doesn't have a yellow dot on it. But The Navigator drew the route. I asked him about this and he claimed learning curve burn out, so Boston doesn't have a yellow dot. Sorry.

We'll be driving the Interstates quite a bit on this trip since the goal is to visit the state capitols. But we'll drive the "back roads" a little in Maryland, Delaware, Maine, Vermont and New York. Mostly because there isn't an Interstate that offers a convenient route.

According to the Street Atlas software, this trip will be 2,882 miles long and take 57 hours to drive. Depending on how many days we sleep late and how many detours we take, The Navigator is estimating eight to ten days for this trip.

Check out the routing through each state below.

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S o u t h    C a r o l i n a   -   E a s t
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I suppose it makes sense to visit our home state's capitol first. So we'll begin the trip by taking take I-20 Northeast to Columbia, the capital of South Carolina. Then I-20 again to Florence. Then I-95 to the South Carolina/North Carolina border. We'll visit South Carolina again on our way home. That route is below.
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N o r t h    C a r o l i n a   -   E a s t
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Before I get to the route description... take a look at these two maps of a route through North Carolina. Notice any difference? On the left is the route as proposed by The Navigator. On the right is a route I designed. Please excuse the poor quality; The Navigator has been through the learning curve, I'm just a beginner.

But it sure looks to me like the route on the right is the most efficient. I asked The Navigator about this and his response was, "I've planned some surprises for us along the way. AND QUIT DOING MY JOB!!!" Gee, he's real sensitive about this routing stuff.

We'll take I-95 North and then US-264 West to Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. Then we'll travel Northwest on US-70 to Durham and then take I-85 North into Virginia. With some stops along the way, I guess.

We'll pass through North Carolina again on our way home. That route is below.

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V i r g i n i a   -   E a s t
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We'll enter Virginia from North Carolina on I-85 which we'll take North and then hook up with I-95 North. We may stop in Hopewell to visit a friend. Then we'll get back on I-95 to Richmond, the capital of Virginia. Then we'll take I-95 North again to Washington DC. We may, as we have done before, pause here to make a political statement.

We'll pass through Virginia again on our way home. That route is below.

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M a r y l a n d   -   E a s t
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We'll take US-50 east into Maryland where we'll visit Annapolis, the capital of Maryland. Then we'll hop back on US-50 and drive across Chesapeake Bay and then get on US-301 towards Delaware.

We'll pass through Maryland again on our way home. That route is below.

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D e l a w a r e
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We'll get on Hwy-8 at the Maryland/Delaware line and go East to Dover, the capital of Delaware. We'll take Hwy-1 South from Dover to Lewes, Delaware where we'll board a ferry for an 80 minute cruise across Delaware Bay to Cape May, New Jersey.

The Navigator and I had a disagreement about this part of the trip. Since the next state capitol to visit is in Trenton, New Jersey, his route takes us way off track. By taking the ferry we're going Northeast when we need to be going Northwest. But, The Navigator won the argument. He pointed out that we'll be taking the ferry and that he has come to love ferry rides as a result of our brief ferry ride during the Marching To The Trial trip. (See the last pix on that link and check out the trick I played on The Navigator; he has yet to forgive me :) And, he continued, this route allows us to visit his friend Lucy in Margate, New Jersey. Hmmm... I didn't know he had a friend named Lucy; must be someone he met while surfing the 'net. With the prospect of having Lucy, Snoopy and Charlie together in one place at the same time, how could I say no?

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N e w   J e r s e y
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Assuming the ferry doesn't sink, we'll reach dry land again in Cape May, New Jersey. From there we'll go North on US-9 to Margate, New Jersey and visit The Navigator's mysterious friend Lucy. He won't give me any more info other than her name and location. Says he's saving the rest as a "surprise." Uh, huh :) Leaving Margate we'll continue Northeast just a little way to the Atlantic City Expressway. This toll road was built when Atlantic City was becoming a major casino center. It runs Northwest from Atlantic City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But we won't go quite that far. We'll get on I-295 and head for Trenton, the capital on New Jersey. Then we'll get on US-1 and go Northeast towards New York City.

I grew up in Northern New Jersey and we'll make a stop or two there.

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C o n n e c t i c u t
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(Sorry, but we gotta drive a little through New York to get to Connecticut.) We'll drive North into New York to the Tappan Zee Bridge, which crosses the Hudson River. Then we'll take the Saw Mill River Parkway Northeast past Chappaqua (wonder if Bill and Hill will be home?). The Parkway turns into I-684 which we'll take to Brewster, New York where we'll get on I-84 (also called the Yankee Expy) for the ride into Connecticut and then to Hartford, the capital of Connecticut.

We'll take US-4 East out of Hartford through Eastern Connecticut to the Rhode Island border.

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R h o d e   I s l a n d
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I suppose it makes sense that the smallest state should also have the briefest route description, so here ya go:

We'll take US-6 East into Rhode Island and then to Providence, the capital of Rhode Island.

We'll get on I-95 and ride Northeast out of Providence and cross into Massachusetts.

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M a s s a c h u s e t t s
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We'll continue North on I-95 until we get to I-93. Then we'll take I-93 Northeast into Boston, the capital of Massachusetts.

You may notice on the map that we take an almost circular path around Boston. The Navigator routed us this way at my request. You may have heard about the ceiling tiles falling and killing people in the "Big Dig" tunnel in Boston. No way I want to be near that. And he doesn't either.

After escaping Boston we'll travel Northeast on Hwy-1A to Salem, Massachusetts because The Navigator wants to visit some witches. Some more of his on-line buddies, I suppose.

Then we'll take Hwy-28 Northwest into New Hampshire.

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N e w   H a m p s h i r e
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We'll take Hwy-28 and then the Chester Turnpike Northwest to Concord, the capital of New Hampshire.

Leaving Concord, we'll take US-202 East and then Northeast as it crosses into Maine.

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M a i n e
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We'll stay on US-202 until it intersects with the Maine Turnpike and take that North to Portland where we'll get on I-295 to Augusta, the capital of Maine.

The next state capitol to visit is in Montpelier, Vermont. But there isn't a convenient Interstate from Augusta to there. So we'll take some back roads including US-2. Long time visitors to this site (Thank you!) may recall US-2. Following this highway from Ignace, MI to Seattle, WA was the first trip we took. We'll stay on US-2 as it crosses into Vermont.

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V e r m o n t
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We'll continue on US-2 as it crosses Vermont and then goes to Montpelier, the capital of Vermont.

Up in Northern Vermont, just West of where I-91 crosses into Canada, is Lake Memphremagog. My family took several vacations to this lake when I was a youngster. So a detour to try and recapture my youth (that's a very, very bad joke :) may be made.

We'll take I-89 South from Montpelier to Bethel where we'll take some back roads West into New York.

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N e w   Y o r k
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We'll get on I-87 South to Albany, the capital of New York.

Then we'll take Hwy-20 West to I-88, then to I-81 and then South into Pennsylvania.

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P e n n s y l v a n i a
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We'll stay on I-81 in Pennsylvania, Southwest to Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania. Then we'll take I-81 Southwest into Maryland.
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M a r y l a n d   -   W e s t
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We'll take I-81 Southwest into Maryland. Then, to avoid the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the green line you can see at the upper edge of the map, we'll go West on I-68 to West Virginia. Believe it or not, the act of avoiding toll roads is called shunpiking
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W e s t   V i r g i n i a
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We'll continue on I-68 to Morgantown, West Virginia. Then we'll take I-79 Southwest to Charleston, the capital of West Virginia.

Leaving Charleston, we'll get on I-77 to Virginia.

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V i r g i n i a   -   W e s t
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This is an easy one. So easy, in fact, I may be tempted to let The Navigator drive a little. Memo to self: be sure all insurance policy premiums are up to date :)

We'll stay on I-77 South to North Carolina.

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N o r t h   C a r o l i n a   -   W e s t
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Another easy one. We'll stay on I-77 South to South Carolina.
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S o u t h   C a r o l i n a   -   W e s t
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We'll continue on I-77 South to Columbia, South Carolina and then take I-20 to Aiken.
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