We’ve decided to add a New England fall foliage tour to our Niagara Falls trip. I have never driven in east coast traffic. I have questions and concerns....
We’ll end our tour in Vermont but we are going to sneak just over the border into Maine just to say we’ve been there ~ probably near Porter, Maine. Next step? Get home the most efficient way possible.
Google Maps shows two routes...
1) I-90 through Albany, NY...then Syracuse, NY...and back to Buffalo, NY...head home from there.
2) I-495S to I-84W...down to Portsmouth,ME...through Worcester,MA...down to Hartford,CT...west to Scranton,PA...head to Ohio and on home
Route 1 looks easier, safer, less traffic... but we are already taking Hwy 5 in Ohio to Buffalo,NY the week prior (we are staying just east of Toldeo on Lake Erie prior to Niagara) ...so I kind of wanted to do a different route home since we plan to stop at lots of silly roadside attractions along the way ~ get out, take a picture, stretch our legs. I don’t necessarily want the same attractions on the way home.
Route 2 is loved by the husband because he’s not driving and we get to say we drove through MA and CT. My concern with Route 2 is the traffic and how busy are the highways, how many lanes, etc. I’m not a slow driver but I stay within 5 miles of the posted speed limit and I won’t change that because people are flying 90 around me. I’ve driven in St Louis hundreds of times and I tend to up the speed a bit there but I’m also familiar with which exits to absolutely avoid. The second route seems more interesting but a bit scary especially being so close to NYC when there is no way I want in that type of traffic and we are so unfamiliar with these areas. All of our previous travels in this area have been in and out of airports and taxi rides to hotels and back.
We are in our mid-40s. This is our first road trip. He won’t be driving. I’m an okay driver but St Louis can stress me out on a bad day. We live in an area of two-lane divided highways and small populations.
Comments? Suggestions? Better route idea?