Hi my family and I are driving from Ontario, Canada to Kissimmee Florida, Any advice on routes, highways to take or avoid, and also Im somewhat concerned regarding driving through the mountains in the Virginia area any sound advice. Also last but not least I am planning on staying a little over half way past Columbia South Carolina but not as far as Jacksonville, any recommendations. Oh and if your reading this thread and have been to Charleston, West Virginia, I am looking for a really nice park to stop and have lunch with the kids, so if you know of any please let me know.
Hi, I live in the Balto/DC area and have done this drive several times, straight down 95 South. If you pull up www.roomsaver.com you can print out coupons on hotel rooms along the route, you can also pick them up at rest stops along the way, they will even call ahead and make reservatons for you at no charge, most are 24.99 -n 49.99, you did not mention when you were driving down, most have outdoor pools and free breakfast. If you take 95S you will not be going thru the mountains in VA. Fredericksburg, VA is a nice stop with lots of nice parks for a picnic and lots of free civil war sights and musuems, all have free parking, lots of inexpensive restaurants. Stay away from South of the Border, you will see signs all the way down, big cheesy tourist trap, overpriced food and cheap souveniers at high prices. Also check out mousesavers.com for lots of advice and inexpensive hotel choices in Orlando, I have stayed onsite, off site and at a nice KOA campground (they have cabins reasonably priced), hope this helps, are you stopping in DC for sightseeing, I can give you lots of advice if you need it, I work in Alexandria, VA - a couple miles from the Smithsonian. Happy travels!
Unless there is wintry weather forecast, the mountainous areas should be of no problem to you. I would suggest that wou avoid the mosre northerly portions of I95 unless you wanted to go to New York, Philadelphia or Washington. Take Interstate 81 from the Thousand Islands area south through New York, Pennsylvania, and into Virginia, and then Interstate 77 south to Columbia, SOuth Carolina, then I26 over to I95. For the most part, this interstate highway routing is more pleasant and has some fairly nice scenery, especially 77 from Virginia over the mountain into North Carolina.