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11-20-2011, 07:42 PM
Heading to Richmond for Thanksgiving, should we leave Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning? How bad does the traffic get for the holiday?
11-20-2011, 08:40 PM
Thursday morning will be much better, Wednesday afternoon will be horrible. We take 15 to 29 to 17 (or to 3 if we hear traffic is real bad on 95) to 95.
On the return trip, if you don't leave until Sunday, be prepared for lots of traffic.
11-20-2011, 08:42 PM
Either day, avoid 95 as much as possible, especially between NoVa and Fredricksburg. I would suggest taking 17 to 95 or maybe even 522/33 if you leave Weds afternoon.
11-20-2011, 08:47 PM
Wednesday will be crazy...I'd leave Thursday morning if you can, you will be practically alone in comparison. Although this year the schools are all getting out on Tuesday instead of a half day on Wednesday. May help, but I still wouldn't do 95 on Wednesday, unless you are looking for lots of "family time" in the car.
We're going there too -- and leaving Thursday morning. No way I would get on 95 on Weds. We've always had good luck with the DC beltway and 50E to the Eastern Shore on Thursday; hope 95 is the same. I am thinking of doing 28 to 234 to get to 95.
11-21-2011, 10:37 AM
Wednesday is usually a complete disaster. I do my best to do my driving after midnight (although I have been parked in the baltimore tunnel at 1am on thanksgiving in a volume delay before.)
When I've gone to Richmond in past years for thanksgiving on thursday morning, I've found it takes around 3 to 3.5 hours from Ashburn.
I've attached a picture I took last thanksgiving at around 5pm on wednesday as I was getting ready to drive up to Philly.
11-21-2011, 12:15 PM
...and throw in a rainy Wednesday forecast...ugh!
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