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road trip: TN to ME...where to stop in VA?

hey guys, taking the family on a good 'ol fashioned family road trip this summer. Driving from TN to Maine. Planning on stopping for the first night somewhere in north VA, I don't think I can make it to Hershey PA the first day. So more like Strasburg/Winchester VA or maybe as far as Hagerstown MD.


Will be on I-81. Any suggestions on where to overnight with the kids? Looking for just a quick stay over town that's got something cool to do, small historic downtown maybe, largest ball of twine...anything cool let me know.
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Nice. Depends on when you'll be turning East off of I-81. I'll be going up I-81 this week past Syracuse to the family house on the St. Lawrence River. Alexandria Bay would be a nice stop.
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Lexington is nice. Cool old town with VMI and Washington & Lee.
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Staunton has a nice downtown too, right off 81.
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Old June 27th, 2016, 10:22 AM
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Don't waste your time in those other states... just hammer all the way to Maine!
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Old June 27th, 2016, 10:38 AM
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Lexington is nice. Cool old town with VMI and Washington & Lee.
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Staunton has a nice downtown too, right off 81.
Yep, both are quaint little Virginia towns.
Staunton has the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and a cute little downtown--I live about 5 minutes away from it...


Maine is quite the haul from southern TN!
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Old June 27th, 2016, 10:43 AM
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nice suggestions, thanks, I'll take a look at those. Good idea. The second night we'll stay in Boston...did my post-doc there and want to show the kids around the campus, freedom trail, etc.


Kevin: ha, man that would be awesome..17 hours straight through! We have 3 days to get to Portland, and have to there by noon to hit the ferry. Heading to Chebeague Is. for a couple of weeks. Ever been? Love it over there. And Portland is hands down my favorite town...moving there if ever I have to move!
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you can hit a few places - Roanoke (big train museum), Staunton (lots of good stuff as already said), Winchester (nice old downtown), etc.. Depends on whether you take 66 to DC and then go north, or up 81.
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Staunton would be a great stopping point.
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what about Strasburg VA (or Winchester as smob suggested)? Looks like we could hit Dinosaur Land and a drive-in theatre nearby.


btw, I'm taking 81 north all the way to Harrisburg (to pick up I-78)
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nice suggestions, thanks, I'll take a look at those. Good idea. The second night we'll stay in Boston...did my post-doc there and want to show the kids around the campus, freedom trail, etc.

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So did I, at BU, where'd you go to school?
I lived in the South End-no, I'm not gay-not that there's anything wrong with that!

Freedom Trail, Copley Square, do a Duck tour, Fenway tour is fun....

Strasburg/Winchester is a little better for your 2nd day Boston arrival.
Not much around there.


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So did I, at BU, where'd you go to school?

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that's cool, my neighbor went to BU...BU paraphernalia all over the place


I was at HMS...and only a 2 year deal so I didn't get to experience all that Boston has to offer.
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I've always enjoy driving along the coast on HWY 1... traffic can be bad during the summer months.
Sea-side towns Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME are great spots to stop for lunch and stretch your legs.
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that's cool, my neighbor went to BU...BU paraphernalia all over the place


I was at HMS...and only a 2 year deal so I didn't get to experience all that Boston has to offer.
Cool. I lived near BUMS campus for 4 years of toof study.

Traveling to Boston, consider 1-81 to !-84 @ Scranton, PA for a little less traffic.


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btw, I'm taking 81 north all the way to Harrisburg (to pick up I-78)
Then you'll probably going right past our house in NJ on your way to (I'm assuming) 95 N. Rolf's Auto (he's Rolf here) is also located right where 78 and 24 intersect in Summit, NJ if you feel like getting lunch there.
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Is say Ithica is a great stop. It's right off 81 and a very cool town. Great food and Gorges. The problem is from central NY you are a solid day from Portland. So, if you can make it to Syracuse there is good hotels and food- and you are 6 hours from Portland. Don't go 81N any further than cuse. It will take you much longer. Hit 90 eastbound until Worcester mass and get 495 to NH and 95 north basically right in to portlandia.

You picked a great time to hang in Maine
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Then you'll probably going right past our house in NJ on your way to (I'm assuming) 95 N. Rolf's Auto (he's Rolf here) is also located right where 78 and 24 intersect in Summit, NJ if you feel like getting lunch there.

cool, thanks for the info...actually, not going I-95 though. I'm going to go Harrisburg/Allentown to I-78 to avoid all of DC, Philly, NYC area. Thought that might be better and the google map time was the same basically.


yes, Maine will be awesome at this time of year...I get up there about 5-6 times/year and love it no matter what. Winter because of the snow (don't get a lot of that here in TN) and any other time I can avoid the heatmuck of the south in the summer is a win.
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Kevin: ha, man that would be awesome..17 hours straight through! We have 3 days to get to Portland, and have to there by noon to hit the ferry. Heading to Chebeague Is. for a couple of weeks. Ever been? Love it over there. And Portland is hands down my favorite town...moving there if ever I have to move!
I don't know Chebeague well at all. Maybe have been there once or twice. We will day trip Peaks or Long a couple times a year.

I second the suggestion to take I84 from Scranton to 90. You'll bypass all the NY metro area.
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I don't know Chebeague well at all. Maybe have been there once or twice. We will day trip Peaks or Long a couple times a year.

I second the suggestion to take I84 from Scranton to 90. You'll bypass all the NY metro area.
peaks is awesome too...originally we were staying there but we pushed it out another month so all the houses were taken.


thanks to all for the I-84 to 90 suggestion...looks to make sense for sure.
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