I think the trip would be alright if you spent as little time on 95 as possible.
Bypass NYC altogether.
Consider the beauty of PA, upstate NY, and Western MA…
It really depends on when you’re traveling too. I’ve driven DC to Boston and back MANY times. Perhaps I’m bored of the route (usually 95, NJ TPK, 95).
I agree partially with mikelabadie. You’ll want to time your travel as far away from rush hour as possible. And avoiding I=95 would be a good idea.
If you do, I’d make a few suggestions for your route. Take a look on the map to visit some farms and wineries along the way. Southern NJ is just beautiful and has some very nice places to stop.
If you’re traveling up NY’s Hudson Valley, stay away from the boring I-87. Consider the Taconic Parkway. Not a lot of places to stop, but a great ride for a motorcycle. I can let you know where the good places are to stop along the way.
You might also consider Route 22. More towns and villages along the way and beautiful as well. Both are excellent for leaf peeping too.
There are so many great places to stop in the Hudson Valley. My recommendations would be neverending.
For your trip through MA, mikelabadie is right. Western Mass has a lote to offer. I’d recommend Great Barrington, Lennox and North Adams.
The trip sounds like a ton of fun. But I would stress the rush hour driving avoidance in northern NJ, NY Metro area and even some of the Hudson Valley cities.
If you get serious, let me know. Tell me your expected route and I’ll let you know what’s around there.
I agree with Mike, but there is nothing wrong with driving BY NYC, especially if you take the Verrazano Narrows bridge across to Long Island and then ride out the Northern State Parkway through Stony Brook and Port Jefferson and take the ferry across from Orient Point. The north shore of Long Island has some beautiful scenery and Montauk Point on the south side is still lovely as far as I know.
In fact , you might want to do a pure beach route by taking 50 through Annapolis across the bay bridge to where Rt. 404 splits off towards Denton, and then when you get there head north or west through the central farms and coastal areas of Delaware on side roads. You can either sneak up to Wilmington and across into NJ (take Rt. 40 not the NJTP!!), or you can take the Lewes ferry across to Cape May. The Garden State parkway is pretty all through the southern part, and you can always hop up along the barrier islands through Wildwood, etc.
If you want a slightly shorter more direct route, there are long stretches of Route 1 above Baltimore that are scenic, uncrowded, and easy to cruise 55-60 without any hassles. When you get up near Philly, it is beautiful, especially around the Brandywine River, and then you can slip across to central Jersey or slice through into the Amish country north and/or West of Philly. The original Philly Cheesesteak places are still there in south Philly too, right across the street from each other if you need a bite. If you go north of Philly on a Friday or Saturday, make sure to look up Zern’s Farmers Market in Gilbertsville. It is true Americana. They have everything AND the kitchen sink. I kid you not.
Or if you want to see what I think is the most beautiful place on the whole east coast, ride 15 north from Frederick, MD through Harrisburg, PA and onto Rt. 11 along the Susquehanna. When you get to Bloomsburg, you take Rt. 487 north to Rt. 118 East (turn right), and the parking lot for Ricketts Glen State Park is about 3-4 miles down on your right. There are over thirty waterfalls, and it is the best day hike east of the Mississippi. Takes about four, four and half hours to get there from DC, and about three to five hours to hike the trail up across and back down again.
http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateParks/parks/rickettsglen/rickettsglen_directions.pdf Then, the “lake of rocks/field of boulders” at Hickory Run State Park is then only about an hour away, just south of I-80 and 10 miles east of I-81. It’s worth the half hour side trip. From there you can make it through the Poconos to Stroudsburg and the Delaware Water Gap either for the night or on your way across into North Jersey or even into CT on 87, if you’re trying to do the whole thing in a day.
You’re on your own from there, buddy! I don’t know CT or MA as well. Either way, enjoy. I’m jealous of guys whose significant others let them ride. Maybe when I retire or my kids get out of college (in about 12 years – sigh). Drive safe and God bless!
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I think it is great, but I cant give you any advice. I know nothing about riding a motorcycle long distance. Good luck.
Visit http://www.motorcycleroads.us it has a great listing of routes throughout the country broken down by scenic, sweeping curves, and twisties. Some other smaller categories are also available if you are planning more of a straight shot or prefer certain types of terrain. Like mentioned before just staying on I95 is pretty boring even though its a straight shot.
I’m not a motorcyclist, but I would love to take that roadie sometime soon. Good times could be had by all …
It’s doable, but a motorcycle drive over that distance is no joke. I’d be nervous going through New York traffic via a motorcycle.
Still, it would be a blast and who knows, you might get a travel book out of it.
Acho uma viagem linda para ser feita de carro.
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