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I-95 Road Trip

Updated on November 7, 2014

A Memorable Road Trip Down I-95

I-95 runs right down the east coast of the United States, hitting major cities like Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Miami, as well as some of the best sites the country has to offer! A trip from Boston to Miami is approximately 1500 miles and about 24 hours of straight driving, however, you'll want to spend plenty of time off the exit ramps visiting the real destinations. Plan your own I-95 road trip by exploring the route here!

The Road Trip Lens Series:

Off-Highway Destinations

Remember to take the I-95 off ramps to see the true gems!

A billboard somewhere along I-95 reads "a trip down the interstate does not a vacation make." Truer words were never spoken. You have to use the exits along I-95 to have some fun, and meander through the backroads to find some of the truly good stuff. For example, The Outer Banks of North Carolina are not close to I-95, but have some of the best beaches in the country. The city of Charleston is a gem of the south, and lies about 90 miles from I-95 (but really shouldn't be missed!). Don't make the mistake of making your road trip a "strictly 95 road trip," have some fun!

Don't Forget the Cash!

There are tolls everywhere along I-95, especially between Virginia and New York. Expect to pay hefty tolls in New Jersey along the New Jersey Turnpike, Delaware, and New York's George Washington Bridge.

I-95 Cities

Some of the biggest and well-known cities in the United States are in the I-95 corridor, mostly between Virginia and Massachusetts.

What's your Favorite I-95 City?

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Tybee Island Lighthouse, Georgia

Tybee Island Lighthouse, Georgia
Tybee Island Lighthouse, Georgia

Bahia Honda Key near Key West, Sunset

Bahia Honda Key near Key West, Sunset
Bahia Honda Key near Key West, Sunset

Do you have your Checklist Ready?

Follow the road trip checklist before you leave for your long trip to make sure everything is done.

When booking your hotels for your road trip, try out Priceline.com. Not just for package deals, but they're great for last minute getaways and discounts on luxury (and everyday) hotels. The savings are as much as 50% for stays. Tip: often the best deals can be found closer to the date that you're leaving, but check and see what's available.

Have You Travelled Down I-95 Before? - Have a site, favorite city, restaurant or place to share?

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: Try to hit them NOT during rush hour. The night before, stay on the outbound side of the city so you won't awake to a chaotic mess in the morning, and can zip right out of the city. Rush hour for east coast cities is 7-10 am, 3:30-7pm roughly.

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      accfuller 4 years ago

      Great lens! I think we drive I-95 on just about every summer vacation! I gave you a squid-like and a g+1 ... :)

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      Spectresoft 5 years ago

      I love Florida, and unfortunately that is the only part of I-95 I've been on :( I'm a Westcoaster!

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      We've been up and down I95 and back again on our motorcycle journeys. This is a great overview of what people will see. Thanks for all the hard work. We love the Baltimore and Washington area, but traveling on I95 in that area is challenging unless it's 3 AM!! Blessings.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @chuckholmes301: WE ARE DRIVING FROM MIAMI TO MAINE THIS SUMMER....ANY WORDS OF ADVICE GOING THROUGH THE BIG CITIES?

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      chuckholmes301 5 years ago

      I've driven from Maine to Miami several times and it's a great road trip.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't know what it is about Boston but I've always wanted to visit it, maybe I'll take the highway to it!

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      agent009 6 years ago

      I'd love to travel up and down each coast and across also. There's so much individual charm to the cities.

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      Shadrosky 6 years ago

      Washington DC is a pretty cool stop, lots to see and explore

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      goldenrulecomics 6 years ago

      Very cool idea for a lens! We took I-95 down to Baltimore for a long weekend a short time ago, and I ended up writing three lenses about the trip on Geppi's Entertainment Museum, Visiting Fort McHenry and the Moon Baltimore tourism guide. Lots of fun!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi, thanks for this great lens!

      I'm planning a roadtrip with my friends this summer. It'd be four of us, all drivers, between 24 and 28 years of age, from Europe (Italy). We'll have exactly two weeks (from the 9th to the 23rd of August). I've visited the US many times, and lived in Northern Cali for a while, but have never been to the east coast (with the obvious exception of New York) so I can really use some expert advice.

      What I'm thinking is to fly into Boston, rent a car, see a bit of New England, then drive all the way down to Miami, Key West and back up through Naples and Tampa to fly out of Orlando. Do you think this is doable? I mean, of course the driving part per se is feasible, but will we have enough time to see -not everything, ok- but all the most important, not-to-be-missed things? (we would like to skip out only on New York as we've all been there already and think it would deserve at least 4 days on its own which we don't have this time)

      Thanks a lot for your opinion and any suggestions you may have!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      connecting my niagara region ontario canada lenses with yours ;)

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @anonymous: I think it is doable, but it will be a very fast paced trip. I drove across country and back in 3 1/2 weeks, doing the northern, southern route, east, and west coast. I think you could do the East Coast segment you mentioned in about a week (maybe less if you really rushed it).

      The second leg will take longer since that's a roundabout trip, and there aren't direct routes that connect those destinations - they're all small highways (really just two lane roads). If I had to guess, this portion might take around 2 weeks - putting you just at 3 weeks. It'll be tough, but doable! Good luck with your trip - let us know how you make out.

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @ewguru lm: Yikes - sounds fun in a "I think I might die doing this" sort of way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great info! I'm trying to plan a three week roadtrip and would love to do (part of )this route. As of right now the still very vague plan is to drive from Niagara Falls to Miami, then catch a flight to California and see LA, Las Vegas, San Fran, Yosemite & Grand Canyon (not in that order). I am a little worried that this might be way too much for three weeks though. Do you think it's doable? I'm from Europe, and although I lived in the States before, I've never done a long road trip like this, so it's hard to estimate the time needed.

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      ewguru lm 6 years ago

      Ive done i95 from NYC to North Caralonia. Raced a Tornando out of NC

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      frugalnomad 6 years ago

      We are RVer's traveling the Eastern US. This is great lens with lots of helpful stuff. Super pics. Thanks

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Well I lived in Washington DC and in Williamsburg for years so my husband and I have done parts of this trip several times. After looking at a map, I determined that we've done the full route from Portland, ME to West Palm Beach, FL. Would love to make it to Miami someday. Favorite along the route would by DC, New York City, and a side trip to Savannah Georgia. I love the East Coast because the states are small so you feel like you've covered a lot of ground. Another fantastic road trip lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @ElizabethJeanAl: My inlaws want to do a back roads driving tour from their home in Pawleys Island SC to Maine or at least thru VA. Can you suggest a site or book that would be helpful in coordinating this for them? Thanks for your time.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I-81 is a much more senic route if you are not in any rush

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Our son and daughter in law live in DC and they take 95 but we have not tried that route. I think it would have to be easier than going through the mountains but not as pretty.

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      biggly 8 years ago

      Love the pics. I drove the New England stretch a few times when I was in the States. Love Rhode Island and places like Mystic.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Demaw 8 years ago

      I never drove this route without stopping many times. My family would ask me why it took me so long compared to everyone else.

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      QueSea 8 years ago

      Very interesting. Covers a part of the country I have yet to see. We hope to make the trip sometime soon.

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      Pengwen LM 8 years ago

      Real nice Lens. I especially like the Key West part. Its so different from your starting point. Travelers be patient from Boston to Virginia heavy traffic but the sights will be your reward.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      We are headed north on route 95 in about a month. Thank you for a preview of our trip.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      This was a fantastic lens that brought back a lot of fond memories. I have been up and down the I-95 from New York to Florida more times than I can count. It's been a couple of years now since I have been out to the east coast, but plan on being out there once again in the very near future.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      This was a fantastic lens that brought back a lot of fond memories. I have been up and down the I-95 from New York to Florida more times than I can count. It's been a couple of years now since I have been out to the east coast, but plan on being out there once again in the very near future.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm glad you posted your comment on my Appalachian Trail lens, leading me back here. I'm lensrolling as well. I've driven I-95 many times, some of those trips from New England to Florida. I remember being driven down to Georgia to begin my A.T. thru-hike, now and then seeing an overpass or sign with "Appalachian Trail" on it, and I'd get so excited with a twang of nerves at the same time. Life went from 65mph to 3mph tops overnight.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Ah, great lens -- personally, I'm not into US road trips but Europeans ones when I can get the old hubby to commit to one! We've got one coming up in a few months -- can't wait. My mother is better at the road trips than me -- I prefer to fly. ;)

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      JudyDunn 8 years ago

      We will be heading south on 95 very soon for a trip to Virginia and Florida. Perfect timing to have found this lens! Thanks for highlighting some of the cities along the way that I might not have thought about including in our trip.

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      westgatex1 9 years ago

      Great Lens! I drive on this road at least once a year to visit family back home in New York. Boy, is it tiring. Maybe this year I will take a few Exits and go exploring to see what I find since I now own a GPS (greatest invention ever).

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Great lens! I'm heading out tomorrow. (SC to MN and back). I go every year, but try to go a slightly different route each time. Coming across something unexpected can be fun.

      5*

      Lizzy

      PS Congradulations on making Giant Squid!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Another beauty! I've been on the I-95 in Philadelphia, but didn't go too far. It looks like a fun road trip. Welcome to All Things Travel.

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      Lakota429 9 years ago

      Awesome lens! You put a lot of work into this! Well worth the time. Wonderful job! 5 stars! Annie~

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      Bellezza-Decor 9 years ago from Canada

      Saw you on stores board Kiwi. Great lens!

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      You're right, Silver Lotus, South of the Border should be included...we'll make a section for that soon. And that's where we read the sign "a trip down the interestate does not a vacation make...". It's a tourist trap for sure, but it deserves a little spot on here.

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      SilverLotus1 9 years ago

      Saw you on the stores board. Wonderful idea for a lens - 5 stars! I live near I-95, travel on it regularly, and have done the entire route several times. I've heard that "South of the Border," which used to be one of the all-time great tourist traps, has fallen into disrepair. Too bad, because otherwise it would have to be included in this lens!

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      sisterra 9 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I too have driven this route a couple times.

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      NewRiver LM 9 years ago

      We drove this route a couple of times ourselves. Great lens!