With Thanksgiving just around the corner, knowing when and how to travel will make all the difference in your traveling duration and money consumption. Many will choose to drive to various locations this Thanksgiving, especially with overall lower fuel costs, and many will travel along I-95 up and down the east coast. I-95 passes through mega-populated cities such as Washington D.C., Boston and New York City and traveling along this route is certainly the best choice for long range commuters. However, because of the high density of travelers leaving and entering the Tri-State area, New York City is jam-packed with automobiles and presents one of the worst bottlenecks in the country during the busy Thanksgiving holiday and various other times of the year. The following guidelines can significantly improve your traveling experience through New York City.
1. Avoid Traveling Into Manhattan.
Unless Manhattan is your target destination, avoid driving into Manhattan via the Lincoln or Holland Tunnels or the George Washington Bridge. Manhattan is generally not driver-friendly on any given day.
2. Avoid the George Washington Bridge.
Unfortunately, the George Washington Bridge is part of I-95 and acts as the gateway for travelers heading into New York, Long Island or the New England states for those heading north, and the gateway to the south for travelers from New York, Long Island and New England. If you are traveling north into New England, consider taking the Palisades Parkway north to the Tappan Zee Bridge on I-287 East. This may seem a bit roundabout but the traffic on the George Washington Bridge is well worth avoiding especially during holiday travels. If you are heading into New York City (other than Manhattan) or Long Island, consider taking exit 10 or 13 on the NJ turnpike onto either the Gothals Bridge or the Outerbridge Crossing. If you are traveling south, take the same routes in the opposite direction.
3. Time your travels to avoid New York City during rush hour.
If you are traveling through New York City to get to your destination, it would be well worth your time to avoid New York City during the morning rush hour (7-9am) and the afternoon rush from work (3-7pm). Make sure you try to arrive in the New York vicinity within this time window to avoid the inevitable stampede of automobiles.