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brianc

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We'll be coming up I-95 from Florida... We're staying at the Holiday Inn.

Would it be faster/shorter/better/easier/less stressful to take 234 at Dumfries up to Manassas
or do the beltway to I-66 route?


Any locals have suggestions? TIA.
 

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When I went to the TARC finals at Great Meadows I took 95 North to 17 through Warrenton to the field. It is a more pleasant drive in my opinion and just as quick.
 

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I'm no expert haveing only been on it two times but my advise...

Avoid the beltway if you can!

sandman
 

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yes definately stay as far a way from the beltway as you can.....I hear its the worlds largest parking lot...
 

brianc

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Originally posted by sandman
Avoid the beltway if you can!
Well, yeah. That's the idea. ;)

I think Bruce has a winner- US17 looks like it might work.

And since I drove US17 into Charleston last week, I might as well drive another section of it this week! :)
 

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I would take 234 if you are looking for easier / less stressful.
Depending on what time of day you hit 495 or 66 it is hateful. Manassas is a huge bottleneck from 66 at 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

As far as getting to the Plaines, 66 has a Great Meadow exit, and it is past (west) of all the bad traffic.
 

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Originally posted by shockwaveriderz
yes definately stay as far a way from the beltway as you can..
...I hear its the worlds largest parking lot...
Wrong the M25 in the UK holds that title. :D

David
 

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Or is it the M6....they've just built a new Pay and Display section! :D
 

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Trust me...:D

Take 95 North
Exit 133 onto US17 North
Stay on US17 for about 40 miles through/around Warrenton
Turn right onto Old Tavern Road - VA245
You're at the field

You'll be glad you did!
 

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When you are coming in on US17 there are a couple of gates/entrances to Great Meadows directly from 17 - don't enter there. Turn onto Old Tavern Road and enter through the main gate.
 

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brianc
Are you asking for directions to the field from 95 or the Holiday Inn? I was assuming the Holiday Inn.
 

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Originally posted by nomopbo
brianc
Are you asking for directions to the field from 95 or the Holiday Inn? I was assuming the Holiday Inn.
You make a good point...when he said he was coming up 95 I was thinking of going straight to the fields and not the Holiday Inn.

Sandman, I believe you were going to "commute" back and forth between Williamsburg and I still think my suggestion is the best way to get directly to Great Meadows from the south.
 

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Not really going to "commute". I think I'll be camping Saturday night and go back to Williamsburg Sunday night.

We have two cars so it's not a problem.

We will be returning Wensday for the picnic.

sandman
 

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If you are travelling north on I-95 and heading straight to The Great Meadow, definitely take Rt 17 out of Fredricksburg (I-95, Exit 133) though Warrenton. I've driven it several times, and its a nice 4-lane straight shot.

If you are going to the hotel first, then you're on your own, but Rt 234 looks better than the Beltway to I-66.

George
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RT 17 will be by far the most pleasant route. 234 to the hotel... or ANY OTHER WAY than the beltway/I-66 will keep you out of the every day, Nearly any time of day, bumper to bumper traffic on 66 from the 495 beltway exchange to manassas exit!
 

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Hi Gang,

I am coming down from the north... (NY)

I can see no way to get to Manassas except via the beltway...

However, I plan on leaving my place at 3am Saturday morning.... so I should hit the beltway around 9am Sat morning.

Is the beltway a mess on weekend mornings?

Fred
 

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Have a nice tailgate party Fred! Folks heading to the mountains usually have 66 backed up pretty good by 8am.. Ya could get lucky.. I wish I could give you a better way.
John
 

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Ugghh!!

Leaf Peepers!! (That's what we call the 'weekend cityfolk-goin-to-the-mountains crowd' around here...)

Well, I am sure I will get there, I just do not know when....

Fred

I am finally all packed.... ready to load the car tomorrow night.
 

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