How to Travel on Interstate 95

How to Travel on Interstate 95

With more than 1,908 miles of driveable distance, I-95 is a popular highway that many motorists travel on.[1] X Research source . Whether you are traveling a short distance only a few exits away or going on a long-distance trip, I-95 will be your friend. If you want to experience more of what it has to offer, this article can give you a taste of what you can expect to experience on a journey on this interstate.

Part 1 of 4:
Preparing to Travel

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Learn the general path of Interstate 95. Interstate 95 is the longest north-south interstate traveling through the largest number of states - all the way from Houlton, Maine to Miami, Florida. [2] X Research source It travels over several bridges - both tolled and untolled - and changes names many times.
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Learn the cities that I-95 will cut around, but will take you to exits on its outskirts. The cities I-95 is famous for are Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC.
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Learn the cities that I-95 avoids, that will need to take a substitute route from I-95 to get there. Examples of this are Cape Cod, New York City, Washington DC, Virginia Beach-Williamsburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Charleston (SC), Orlando, Tampa, Key Largo, and Key West.
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Part 2 of 4:
Traveling the Northeast

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Travel along with the seaside towns of Maine. I-95's closest city to the starting point (where it attaches to New Brunswick, Canada) is Houlton, ME, and you can begin there. Houlton is a small town, but has its own exit about a mile in from the border because of its border patrol station just inside the United States. As you work your way down I-95 in Maine, I-95 is a toll route called the Maine Turnpike. You'll pass the bigger coastline cities of Bangor, Augusta (Maine's capital), and Portland. These are all great fishing cities containing several famous lighthouses near the Atlantic Ocean. On your route down, you'll pass over the Penobscot River near Medway and several small lakes.
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Come across the tolled Piscataqua River Bridge - bridging yourself from Maine into New Hampshire. The Piscataqua River Bridge is the first major tolled bridge on I-95 from the north, sitting on the river's New Hampshire side after the bridge (going southbound).
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Climb and descend the mountains in New Hampshire. As you make your way into New Hampshire on the tolled Blue Star Turnpike (I-95), you'll quickly pass through several exits for Portsmouth - including its seaport. However, your trip through won't take all that long - and you should be able to time it at just about a half-hour of travel time - based on traffic.
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Travel into Massachusetts. Watch as I-95 quickly wraps into Boston's outer boroughs. However, if you come in through New Hampshire, you'll notice it comes in just to the west of Boston's northwest end, and it'll start running southwest. I-95 will bring you close to Peabody-Danvers, then begin to curve southeast, curve a second time and reroute back southwest again - becoming the Yankee Division Highway - passing Hanscom Air Force Base, Waltham, Newton, and Dedham. By the time you get to the edge of the Blue Hills Reservation, you'll have to follow signage as it curves into an exit and splits, forming a confusing interchange wrapping I-93 and US-1 into the interchange heading in the former direction. It loses the highway name and brings you south - passing around Foxborough and Attleboro. The Merrimack River is the only river you'll cross in this state that is of any value to anyone. Many smaller streams exist in this state, but nothing worthy to mention in this article.
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Enter into Rhode Island. Exits come quickly. They pass the coastal cities of Pawtucket, Providence (Rhode Island's capital), and Warwick - over such rivers as the Seekonk, Woonasquatucket, and Pawtuxet Rivers over untolled bridges. On a good day, you could expect about a twenty to thirty-minute ride to go from the northeast side of the state to the southwest side at its exit point.
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Be ready to ride through Connecticut's oceanside towns. Expect to pass by Mystic's seaport and aquarium locations then onto New London, Westbrook, Old Lyme, and New Haven. Then into Connecticut's drooping panhandle across the Quinnipiac River and through several big fishing and seaside industrial coastal cities, including Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Norwalk, Stamford, and Greenwich. As soon as you cross into Connecticut, your highway will begin as the Jewish War Veterans Memorial Highway until you reach Lyme where I-395 intersects back up with I-95 - then becomes the Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike/Connecticut Turnpike. On your way through Connecticut, you'll pass over the Mystic River (near Mystic, CT), Groton Reservoir and Thames River (near Groton, CT), Connecticut River (near Lyme, CT), Indian Lake, East River, Lake Saltonstall, Quinnipiac River, West River, Housatonic River (over the untolled Moses-Wheeler Bridge), and two connection points to Long Island Sound, over the Southport River (and Harbor), Saugatuck River, Norwalk River, Cos Cob Harbor and River, Indian Harbor all in an attempt to get into New York State - so that's a lot of bridges to cross! Travels in this state could vary wildly in timing due to traffic.
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Part 3 of 4:
Traveling the Mid-Atlantic

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Drive through the cities of southeast New York. New York's version of the I-95 span is untolled but is called various things on its route. As you enter into New York, I-95 calls itself the "New England Thruway" till the New Rochelle exit. You'll pass through the cities of Port Chester, Rye, and Harrison leading up to New Rochelle. But follow signage where it intersects with I-278 and I-678 as it's easy to mess-up! I-95 will cross over Westchester Creek and into the South Bronx, becoming the Cross Bronx Expressway. Pass over the free Alexander Hamilton Bridge - which passes over the Harlem River. Make your way through upper Manhattan on I-95, known as the Trans-Manhattan Expressway'[3] X Research source - a name most navigation apps don't use for this portion of the route. US-9 will join in at two spots, including at exit 1A, and lead you across the Hudson River via a tolled bridge into New Jersey.
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Travel across the George Washington Bridge. Although this bridge is free going southbound, you should prepare yourself if you are heading northbound, as its toll begins at about $16 (for 2-axle cars and minivans) and escalates for additional axles and different peak/off-peak toll collection times. [4] X Research source The George Washington Bridge is also the world's busiest automobile bridge [5] X Research source carrying seven lanes of traffic going each direction, and a lower level carrying the same seven express lanes. Look for major tie-ups at their toll booths. [6] X Research source If you have an E-ZPass box registered to a New York-given address, you'll see some discounts applied on your ride.[7] X Research source If you want to avoid this bridge for some reason, keep in mind that these other bridges and tunnels don't take the I-95 designation but carry you across the same Hudson River at different access points.
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Ride the New Jersey Turnpike from Exit 18W to Exit 6. The tolled New Jersey Turnpike is mapped as I-95. As you cross into New Jersey and you'll immediately see the skyscraper towns of Fort Lee, Newark, and Hoboken, then pass through more skyscraper towns and travel through Edison, Harrison, and a few others, as it makes its way down to Exit 6 where it's essentially the heart of Central New Jersey. Take exit 6 towards the Pennsylvania Turnpike, as exit 6 is the only official turn-off that continues your path on I-95, passing through the city of Trenton (New Jersey's capital).
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Cross the Delaware River-Turnpike Toll Bridge. Although it's got cashless tolling on the Pennsylvania side [8] X Research source , the toll is rather cheap in Pennsylvania for an adequately-maintained bridge. Just don't confuse it for the Delaware Memorial Bridge placed to its south, leading you across this same river.
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Continue onto I-95 South. Follow the signage after you come across the bridge. Stay on the marked road past the first exit and turn onto I-95 at the next one. The highway will diverge (one from the other) where the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) splits off.
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Ride through the southeastern edge of Pennsylvania. During your drive in Pennsylvania - on the Delaware Expressway (I-95's name in Pennsylvania), you'll pass by several interesting intersections and pass several landmarks. Big landmarks include the Chris Columbus Blvd exit (passing to the south of the Historic District), then the sports stadiums (Citizen's Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field, and Wachovia Arena), then past Philadelphia International Airport (off in the distance). You'll spot the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (I-676) and Commodore Barry Bridge (US-332/PA-291) on your route. Depending on traffic, this may take about 45-60 minutes to complete end-to-end.
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Travel through New Castle County in Delaware. Right away, you'll reach your first exit at milepost 23.43 (with the next at 23.10mi). [9] X Research source , but it isn't until after I-95 splits with a belt around Wilmington to it's east that I-95 gains the name Wilmington Expressway, and doesn't stop until I-95 and I-495 meet up with I-295 later when it becomes the Delaware Turnpike. You pay a toll for the entire route, passing by the Christina River and Christiana city in the process.
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Travel time on I-95 in Delaware depends on traffic, and although seasonal variations exist, this route could be done in about 30-45 minutes.
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Travel through Maryland on I-95, which is called the tolled JFK Memorial Highway. Your main objective here is to get through this state up to the Capital Beltway around Washington. Get down and across the Susquehanna River via the tolled Millard E Tydings Memorial Bridge - bridging the gap between Aiken-Arrowhead Acres and (the French) Havre De Grace, Maryland. However, it's toll is collected if you are traveling north on this bridge - via E-ZPass or other cashless tolling forms at the cost of about $8.[10] X Research source Learn the bridge and tunnel crossings' makeup of Baltimore, Maryland. You'll have to get across the Patapsco River in Baltimore, and I-95 is no exception. I-95 crosses you through the Fort McHenry Tunnel, but this tunnel can see very long lines because of it's well-traveled nature. Tolls are collected going in both directions, and you can expect to pay $4 for a cash (pay-by-mail) toll. E-ZPass rates differ, depending on the state you started your account in (E-ZPass discount for Maryland-started accounts is $3, depending on vehicle type used). [11] X Research source There are other auxiliary interstate beltways in Baltimore - but you still have to cross other bridges or tunnels, including the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) or the tolled Baltimore Beltway to the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695). Tolls are set up at the same amounts, regardless of the crossing location, and these connections meet back up with I-95 south of Baltimore.[12] X Research source [13] X Research source [14] X Research source [15] X Research source Exit out of Baltimore and head towards Washington (DC), and it's component "Capital Beltway."
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Take the Capital Beltway "Inner Loop" southbound towards Richmond. I-95 will join with I-495 to become a belt around Washington at several entry points. It'll cross the Potomac River in the southeast corner as the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge and lead you into DC and Virginia, then head towards an exit point where I-95, I-495 initially turns south and becomes I-95 and I-395 for one exit, then head you going further into Virginia from there. For those continuing on I-495, continue to reach back up to and across the Potomac River there too as the American Legion Memorial Bridge in the Beltway's northwest corner. When traveling clockwise, legislators call the route traveling clockwise as the "Inner Loop" and those traveling counterclockwise the "Outer Loop." [16] X Research source The Woodrow Wilson Bridge is the only bridge to span over three state lines - Maryland, District of Columbia (for .11 miles), and Virginia. No direct exit comes into contact with the District of Columbia from I-95 and isn't mentioned on signage.[17] X Research source There are ETA times on a digital board before the split. Two interstate spurs off of the Beltway head to downtown Washington including I-395 (more commonly used) and I-295.
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Part 4 of 4:
Traveling the South

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Travel through Virginia. Follow signs "towards Richmond" (Virginia's capital). Richmond was the Confederate capital and the munitions' place for its military, which burned some of the towns during the US Civil War.[18] X Research source You'll spot the Virginia state Capitol building in the distance (as you approach the city limits) as well as their Amtrak train station (on the northbound side of I-95). But when you reach the intersection of I-95 and I-295's northern starting point, I-95 receives the name "Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike" - until I-95 and I-85 meet in the heart of Petersburg. I-295 springs outward from I-95 but doesn't continue to bring you back onto I-95 the easy way - taking the long route around it and onto the I-95 just south of Petersburg. In your travels, you'll pass over the Occoquan, South Anna, and James Rivers.
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Travel the highway in North Carolina. North Carolina is large in the distance you travel at 181 miles of travel distance (contrasted to 198 miles in South Carolina). [19] X Research source You could easily spend hours driving on I-95 in North Carolina. When seen from exit after exit and no more than trees blocking most of the route, it may make traveling this section seem bland and tough to sit through, but push through because it gets better. Head through Rocky Mount. North Carolina makes it a big deal that the first city you'll have to pass through is Rocky Mount as you head south. You'll pass through exits dealing with smaller cities, then all of a sudden be told you'll be heading for Rocky Mount on I-95. Continue taking I-95 as it heads south towards Fayetteville. I-95 will head southeast (crossing over US-301 in the town of Kenly), then heads southwest again. I-95's route through Fayetteville is short and quick, lying to the east of the city's center, and besides the auxiliary route (I-295) that gets you to Fort Bragg. Don't worry about city traffic in Fayetteville. I-295 does not curve back around and end back at I-95!
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Ride through South Carolina. Stop by "South of the Border" - an attraction all of its own in Hamer, SC. Displaying humungous signs seen from both sides of the Carolina border miles away, this place has become a popular stop for many. Its 200-foot high Sombrero Tower (sign)[20] X Research source and Mexican-styled mascot Pedro sign looking into the horizon from miles around, attracts many curious eyes to see what's in store for them - including many places to take pictures. South of the Border is a great rest stop for southern flare. It includes the convention center, a popular restaurant, a Sunoco gas station, and a truck stop with adequate restrooms, and even a motel.[21] X Research source , [22] X Research source [23] X Research source For $2 US per ride, you can take a ride up in a glass elevator to the observation deck of the Sombrero Tower to the nearby area to see for miles around. [24] X Research source Exits towards Florence - a southern belle city with ties to the Civil War - come up quickly. Take I-95 across the untolled Francis Marion Bridge - bridging across Lake Marion between Santee and Addams Landing. Don't worry too much about the name change between Ridgeland and Hardeeville exits - as I-95 renames itself as the Jasper Highway. Continue the path towards the state line. It's almost a straight shot heading southwest.
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Travel through Georgia. As you enter, expect immediate exits for Savannah. However, when you come in, you'll find yourself just to Savannah's west. After Savannah, I-95 will turn southeast and begin a southeast route. You'll pass by many Georgian shoreline islands and towns, including Osssabow, St Catherine's, Sapelo, Little St Simons, Sea, Jekyll, Cumberland, and St Mary's Islands - all with a southern flair. If you pull off your route, you may hear people talking about the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. However, although it doesn't pass directly on your route through this state, you'll be dodging a bullet with what people talk about.[25] X Research source
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Arrive in Florida - and the end state for this route. With more than 382 miles to this interstate in this state end-to-end [26] X Research source (about 15% of the route), this state's information needs to be digested in three easy to read substeps below. Pass through North Florida. Just after coming into the state, you'll pass small exits, then all of a sudden pass into the eastern side of Jacksonville - passing the Jacksonville Zoo then heading right for downtown as it makes a turn and heads a little to the west of Jacksonville. You'll pass over the St John's River on the Fuller Warren Bridge, but continue on I-95 past Nocatee and begin making the straight run down the coast of Florida. You'll pass St. Augustine a few exits later and notice its aquarium nearby. Ponce De Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and the Marcos National Monument are all a little bit further than the eye can see from I-95 directly, but not impossible if you exit out into the St Augustine streets. Head down towards Palm Coast and the many towns of Central Florida, as you prepare for I-95 and I-4 to weave and intersect as it gets closer to Daytona Beach's Speedway and International Airport - keeping you far away from the Atlantic Ocean. Then this highway intersects I-4. You'll pass New Smyrna Beach and Titusville. Then as you come into Manatee at the FL-528 exit, speed will slow to a buffer zone, as you'll notice Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center in the distance, then continue and pass exits for Melbourne and Palm Bay. Have some fun traveling along with the oceanside cities of South Florida. Starting at Vero Beach, take I-95 south towards Miami. You'll come upon such cities as Port St. Lucie and Jupiter (spring training homes of the Mets and Cardinals), Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, and Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, then onto Fort Lauderdale (spring training home of the Orioles), Hollywood (Florida) then onto Hialeah and Miami (with Miami Beach coming to its east on its own island).
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Look towards where the southern terminus of this interstate is. I-95 officially terminates at the southern tip of Florida near the corner of SW 1st Ave (going southbound although no connector until SW 3rd Ave comes up) and near the corner of SW 32nd St going north. At this point, I-95 turns into US-1 and continues further south as a higher-speed highway.
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Have an understanding of where the extender road essentially travels in, towards, and through - just south of the endpoint of I-95. It then heads further south through Coconut Grove, past the University of Miami, down past Pinecrest and all the other Miami-based seaside towns all the way down past Homestead and through the eastern end of the Everglades National Park heading out towards Key Largo, then turns and heads on a causeway out past Stock Island all the way out to Key West - and the southern-most island in the Florida keys turns around and heads back in the opposite direction.
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Part 1 of 4:
Preparing to Travel

1
Learn the general path of Interstate 95. Interstate 95 is the longest north-south interstate traveling through the largest number of states - all the way from Houlton, Maine to Miami, Florida. [2] X Research source It travels over several bridges - both tolled and untolled - and changes names many times.
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Learn the cities that I-95 will cut around, but will take you to exits on its outskirts. The cities I-95 is famous for are Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC.
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Learn the cities that I-95 avoids, that will need to take a substitute route from I-95 to get there. Examples of this are Cape Cod, New York City, Washington DC, Virginia Beach-Williamsburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Charleston (SC), Orlando, Tampa, Key Largo, and Key West.
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Part 2 of 4:
Traveling the Northeast

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Travel along with the seaside towns of Maine. I-95's closest city to the starting point (where it attaches to New Brunswick, Canada) is Houlton, ME, and you can begin there. Houlton is a small town, but has its own exit about a mile in from the border because of its border patrol station just inside the United States. As you work your way down I-95 in Maine, I-95 is a toll route called the Maine Turnpike. You'll pass the bigger coastline cities of Bangor, Augusta (Maine's capital), and Portland. These are all great fishing cities containing several famous lighthouses near the Atlantic Ocean. On your route down, you'll pass over the Penobscot River near Medway and several small lakes.
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Come across the tolled Piscataqua River Bridge - bridging yourself from Maine into New Hampshire. The Piscataqua River Bridge is the first major tolled bridge on I-95 from the north, sitting on the river's New Hampshire side after the bridge (going southbound).
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Climb and descend the mountains in New Hampshire. As you make your way into New Hampshire on the tolled Blue Star Turnpike (I-95), you'll quickly pass through several exits for Portsmouth - including its seaport. However, your trip through won't take all that long - and you should be able to time it at just about a half-hour of travel time - based on traffic.
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Travel into Massachusetts. Watch as I-95 quickly wraps into Boston's outer boroughs. However, if you come in through New Hampshire, you'll notice it comes in just to the west of Boston's northwest end, and it'll start running southwest. I-95 will bring you close to Peabody-Danvers, then begin to curve southeast, curve a second time and reroute back southwest again - becoming the Yankee Division Highway - passing Hanscom Air Force Base, Waltham, Newton, and Dedham. By the time you get to the edge of the Blue Hills Reservation, you'll have to follow signage as it curves into an exit and splits, forming a confusing interchange wrapping I-93 and US-1 into the interchange heading in the former direction. It loses the highway name and brings you south - passing around Foxborough and Attleboro. The Merrimack River is the only river you'll cross in this state that is of any value to anyone. Many smaller streams exist in this state, but nothing worthy to mention in this article.
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Enter into Rhode Island. Exits come quickly. They pass the coastal cities of Pawtucket, Providence (Rhode Island's capital), and Warwick - over such rivers as the Seekonk, Woonasquatucket, and Pawtuxet Rivers over untolled bridges. On a good day, you could expect about a twenty to thirty-minute ride to go from the northeast side of the state to the southwest side at its exit point.
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Be ready to ride through Connecticut's oceanside towns. Expect to pass by Mystic's seaport and aquarium locations then onto New London, Westbrook, Old Lyme, and New Haven. Then into Connecticut's drooping panhandle across the Quinnipiac River and through several big fishing and seaside industrial coastal cities, including Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Norwalk, Stamford, and Greenwich. As soon as you cross into Connecticut, your highway will begin as the Jewish War Veterans Memorial Highway until you reach Lyme where I-395 intersects back up with I-95 - then becomes the Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike/Connecticut Turnpike. On your way through Connecticut, you'll pass over the Mystic River (near Mystic, CT), Groton Reservoir and Thames River (near Groton, CT), Connecticut River (near Lyme, CT), Indian Lake, East River, Lake Saltonstall, Quinnipiac River, West River, Housatonic River (over the untolled Moses-Wheeler Bridge), and two connection points to Long Island Sound, over the Southport River (and Harbor), Saugatuck River, Norwalk River, Cos Cob Harbor and River, Indian Harbor all in an attempt to get into New York State - so that's a lot of bridges to cross! Travels in this state could vary wildly in timing due to traffic.
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Part 3 of 4:
Traveling the Mid-Atlantic

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Drive through the cities of southeast New York. New York's version of the I-95 span is untolled but is called various things on its route. As you enter into New York, I-95 calls itself the "New England Thruway" till the New Rochelle exit. You'll pass through the cities of Port Chester, Rye, and Harrison leading up to New Rochelle. But follow signage where it intersects with I-278 and I-678 as it's easy to mess-up! I-95 will cross over Westchester Creek and into the South Bronx, becoming the Cross Bronx Expressway. Pass over the free Alexander Hamilton Bridge - which passes over the Harlem River. Make your way through upper Manhattan on I-95, known as the Trans-Manhattan Expressway'[3] X Research source - a name most navigation apps don't use for this portion of the route. US-9 will join in at two spots, including at exit 1A, and lead you across the Hudson River via a tolled bridge into New Jersey.
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Travel across the George Washington Bridge. Although this bridge is free going southbound, you should prepare yourself if you are heading northbound, as its toll begins at about $16 (for 2-axle cars and minivans) and escalates for additional axles and different peak/off-peak toll collection times. [4] X Research source The George Washington Bridge is also the world's busiest automobile bridge [5] X Research source carrying seven lanes of traffic going each direction, and a lower level carrying the same seven express lanes. Look for major tie-ups at their toll booths. [6] X Research source If you have an E-ZPass box registered to a New York-given address, you'll see some discounts applied on your ride.[7] X Research source If you want to avoid this bridge for some reason, keep in mind that these other bridges and tunnels don't take the I-95 designation but carry you across the same Hudson River at different access points.
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Ride the New Jersey Turnpike from Exit 18W to Exit 6. The tolled New Jersey Turnpike is mapped as I-95. As you cross into New Jersey and you'll immediately see the skyscraper towns of Fort Lee, Newark, and Hoboken, then pass through more skyscraper towns and travel through Edison, Harrison, and a few others, as it makes its way down to Exit 6 where it's essentially the heart of Central New Jersey. Take exit 6 towards the Pennsylvania Turnpike, as exit 6 is the only official turn-off that continues your path on I-95, passing through the city of Trenton (New Jersey's capital).
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Cross the Delaware River-Turnpike Toll Bridge. Although it's got cashless tolling on the Pennsylvania side [8] X Research source , the toll is rather cheap in Pennsylvania for an adequately-maintained bridge. Just don't confuse it for the Delaware Memorial Bridge placed to its south, leading you across this same river.
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Continue onto I-95 South. Follow the signage after you come across the bridge. Stay on the marked road past the first exit and turn onto I-95 at the next one. The highway will diverge (one from the other) where the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) splits off.
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Ride through the southeastern edge of Pennsylvania. During your drive in Pennsylvania - on the Delaware Expressway (I-95's name in Pennsylvania), you'll pass by several interesting intersections and pass several landmarks. Big landmarks include the Chris Columbus Blvd exit (passing to the south of the Historic District), then the sports stadiums (Citizen's Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field, and Wachovia Arena), then past Philadelphia International Airport (off in the distance). You'll spot the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (I-676) and Commodore Barry Bridge (US-332/PA-291) on your route. Depending on traffic, this may take about 45-60 minutes to complete end-to-end.
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Travel through New Castle County in Delaware. Right away, you'll reach your first exit at milepost 23.43 (with the next at 23.10mi). [9] X Research source , but it isn't until after I-95 splits with a belt around Wilmington to it's east that I-95 gains the name Wilmington Expressway, and doesn't stop until I-95 and I-495 meet up with I-295 later when it becomes the Delaware Turnpike. You pay a toll for the entire route, passing by the Christina River and Christiana city in the process.
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Travel time on I-95 in Delaware depends on traffic, and although seasonal variations exist, this route could be done in about 30-45 minutes.
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Travel through Maryland on I-95, which is called the tolled JFK Memorial Highway. Your main objective here is to get through this state up to the Capital Beltway around Washington. Get down and across the Susquehanna River via the tolled Millard E Tydings Memorial Bridge - bridging the gap between Aiken-Arrowhead Acres and (the French) Havre De Grace, Maryland. However, it's toll is collected if you are traveling north on this bridge - via E-ZPass or other cashless tolling forms at the cost of about $8.[10] X Research source Learn the bridge and tunnel crossings' makeup of Baltimore, Maryland. You'll have to get across the Patapsco River in Baltimore, and I-95 is no exception. I-95 crosses you through the Fort McHenry Tunnel, but this tunnel can see very long lines because of it's well-traveled nature. Tolls are collected going in both directions, and you can expect to pay $4 for a cash (pay-by-mail) toll. E-ZPass rates differ, depending on the state you started your account in (E-ZPass discount for Maryland-started accounts is $3, depending on vehicle type used). [11] X Research source There are other auxiliary interstate beltways in Baltimore - but you still have to cross other bridges or tunnels, including the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) or the tolled Baltimore Beltway to the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695). Tolls are set up at the same amounts, regardless of the crossing location, and these connections meet back up with I-95 south of Baltimore.[12] X Research source [13] X Research source [14] X Research source [15] X Research source Exit out of Baltimore and head towards Washington (DC), and it's component "Capital Beltway."
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Take the Capital Beltway "Inner Loop" southbound towards Richmond. I-95 will join with I-495 to become a belt around Washington at several entry points. It'll cross the Potomac River in the southeast corner as the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge and lead you into DC and Virginia, then head towards an exit point where I-95, I-495 initially turns south and becomes I-95 and I-395 for one exit, then head you going further into Virginia from there. For those continuing on I-495, continue to reach back up to and across the Potomac River there too as the American Legion Memorial Bridge in the Beltway's northwest corner. When traveling clockwise, legislators call the route traveling clockwise as the "Inner Loop" and those traveling counterclockwise the "Outer Loop." [16] X Research source The Woodrow Wilson Bridge is the only bridge to span over three state lines - Maryland, District of Columbia (for .11 miles), and Virginia. No direct exit comes into contact with the District of Columbia from I-95 and isn't mentioned on signage.[17] X Research source There are ETA times on a digital board before the split. Two interstate spurs off of the Beltway head to downtown Washington including I-395 (more commonly used) and I-295.
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Part 4 of 4:
Traveling the South

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Travel through Virginia. Follow signs "towards Richmond" (Virginia's capital). Richmond was the Confederate capital and the munitions' place for its military, which burned some of the towns during the US Civil War.[18] X Research source You'll spot the Virginia state Capitol building in the distance (as you approach the city limits) as well as their Amtrak train station (on the northbound side of I-95). But when you reach the intersection of I-95 and I-295's northern starting point, I-95 receives the name "Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike" - until I-95 and I-85 meet in the heart of Petersburg. I-295 springs outward from I-95 but doesn't continue to bring you back onto I-95 the easy way - taking the long route around it and onto the I-95 just south of Petersburg. In your travels, you'll pass over the Occoquan, South Anna, and James Rivers.
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Travel the highway in North Carolina. North Carolina is large in the distance you travel at 181 miles of travel distance (contrasted to 198 miles in South Carolina). [19] X Research source You could easily spend hours driving on I-95 in North Carolina. When seen from exit after exit and no more than trees blocking most of the route, it may make traveling this section seem bland and tough to sit through, but push through because it gets better. Head through Rocky Mount. North Carolina makes it a big deal that the first city you'll have to pass through is Rocky Mount as you head south. You'll pass through exits dealing with smaller cities, then all of a sudden be told you'll be heading for Rocky Mount on I-95. Continue taking I-95 as it heads south towards Fayetteville. I-95 will head southeast (crossing over US-301 in the town of Kenly), then heads southwest again. I-95's route through Fayetteville is short and quick, lying to the east of the city's center, and besides the auxiliary route (I-295) that gets you to Fort Bragg. Don't worry about city traffic in Fayetteville. I-295 does not curve back around and end back at I-95!
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Ride through South Carolina. Stop by "South of the Border" - an attraction all of its own in Hamer, SC. Displaying humungous signs seen from both sides of the Carolina border miles away, this place has become a popular stop for many. Its 200-foot high Sombrero Tower (sign)[20] X Research source and Mexican-styled mascot Pedro sign looking into the horizon from miles around, attracts many curious eyes to see what's in store for them - including many places to take pictures. South of the Border is a great rest stop for southern flare. It includes the convention center, a popular restaurant, a Sunoco gas station, and a truck stop with adequate restrooms, and even a motel.[21] X Research source , [22] X Research source [23] X Research source For $2 US per ride, you can take a ride up in a glass elevator to the observation deck of the Sombrero Tower to the nearby area to see for miles around. [24] X Research source Exits towards Florence - a southern belle city with ties to the Civil War - come up quickly. Take I-95 across the untolled Francis Marion Bridge - bridging across Lake Marion between Santee and Addams Landing. Don't worry too much about the name change between Ridgeland and Hardeeville exits - as I-95 renames itself as the Jasper Highway. Continue the path towards the state line. It's almost a straight shot heading southwest.
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Travel through Georgia. As you enter, expect immediate exits for Savannah. However, when you come in, you'll find yourself just to Savannah's west. After Savannah, I-95 will turn southeast and begin a southeast route. You'll pass by many Georgian shoreline islands and towns, including Osssabow, St Catherine's, Sapelo, Little St Simons, Sea, Jekyll, Cumberland, and St Mary's Islands - all with a southern flair. If you pull off your route, you may hear people talking about the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. However, although it doesn't pass directly on your route through this state, you'll be dodging a bullet with what people talk about.[25] X Research source
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Arrive in Florida - and the end state for this route. With more than 382 miles to this interstate in this state end-to-end [26] X Research source (about 15% of the route), this state's information needs to be digested in three easy to read substeps below. Pass through North Florida. Just after coming into the state, you'll pass small exits, then all of a sudden pass into the eastern side of Jacksonville - passing the Jacksonville Zoo then heading right for downtown as it makes a turn and heads a little to the west of Jacksonville. You'll pass over the St John's River on the Fuller Warren Bridge, but continue on I-95 past Nocatee and begin making the straight run down the coast of Florida. You'll pass St. Augustine a few exits later and notice its aquarium nearby. Ponce De Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and the Marcos National Monument are all a little bit further than the eye can see from I-95 directly, but not impossible if you exit out into the St Augustine streets. Head down towards Palm Coast and the many towns of Central Florida, as you prepare for I-95 and I-4 to weave and intersect as it gets closer to Daytona Beach's Speedway and International Airport - keeping you far away from the Atlantic Ocean. Then this highway intersects I-4. You'll pass New Smyrna Beach and Titusville. Then as you come into Manatee at the FL-528 exit, speed will slow to a buffer zone, as you'll notice Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center in the distance, then continue and pass exits for Melbourne and Palm Bay. Have some fun traveling along with the oceanside cities of South Florida. Starting at Vero Beach, take I-95 south towards Miami. You'll come upon such cities as Port St. Lucie and Jupiter (spring training homes of the Mets and Cardinals), Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, and Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, then onto Fort Lauderdale (spring training home of the Orioles), Hollywood (Florida) then onto Hialeah and Miami (with Miami Beach coming to its east on its own island).
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Look towards where the southern terminus of this interstate is. I-95 officially terminates at the southern tip of Florida near the corner of SW 1st Ave (going southbound although no connector until SW 3rd Ave comes up) and near the corner of SW 32nd St going north. At this point, I-95 turns into US-1 and continues further south as a higher-speed highway.
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Have an understanding of where the extender road essentially travels in, towards, and through - just south of the endpoint of I-95. It then heads further south through Coconut Grove, past the University of Miami, down past Pinecrest and all the other Miami-based seaside towns all the way down past Homestead and through the eastern end of the Everglades National Park heading out towards Key Largo, then turns and heads on a causeway out past Stock Island all the way out to Key West - and the southern-most island in the Florida keys turns around and heads back in the opposite direction.
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