Hi all. I don't post very often but I thought I'd start here.
I am headed to Cedar Point for 3 days from outside of Boston next week. I have driven there several times before and usually take the Mass Pike (I90) all the way out to Buffalo, down through Erie and into Cleveland. This year AAA's maps has me going via I80 through PA instead. I think I went this way once before and it seemed longer and the roads more hilly and curvy.
Should I just go the usual way? Any suggestions? Also, when I get into the Cleveland area are there any quicker ways up to the lake and park area than coming in through the mall/hotel road (sorry, the name escapes me)
Any suggestions anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.
When we go to Albany and Northampton, we go I-90. But if I were going to Boston, I'd probably go I-80.
Whatever way you decide, here is the quickest way to Cedar Point once you get into the state.
*** Edited 8/12/2004 1:42:17 PM UTC by Gemini***
I-90 won't be cheaper since it is the NYS Thruway, and the cost of the portion of the Ohio Turpike on I-80 would be less than the Thruway tolls across NYS, but I think I-90 would be faster overall. I'm not aware of any major construction, but I haven't been west of Buffalo on I-90 since my trip to CP last year. I'm headed to CP this weekend, so I'll post if there is any significant construction on 90 between Rochester and Cleveland after I get back on Monday.
As for going through Cleveland, take I-90 to route 2 (check a map for which route 2 exit though, 90 and 2 parallel each other for a while and you don't want to get on 2 until you have to) on the west side of Cleveland and take that to route 6 which takes you right to the causeway. That has worked well for me over the last few years coming from Rochester, NY. I think the Mapquest or Expedia directions show this route.
Hope this was helpful.
ETA: P.S. I just looked on Expedia and you won't branch off to route 2 until around exit 145 (Of course that exit didn't show a number, but it is just after 145). It is just a few miles before I-90 merges with I-80. *** Edited 8/12/2004 2:03:00 PM UTC by MelH***
Funny, in the past no one has ever sent me via 90 to Rt2 though I have noticed it on the maps for years. I'm trying it.
Last trip we got into the Cleveland area right about rush hour. Added nearly 2 hours to our trip. Is 90 to2 congested around 4pm in the afternoon on a weekday?
Cleveland rush starts around then, but doesn't peak until after 5 p.m. You'll be heading west, so you won't have much to worry about until you get downtown. Then, it's only a few miles of heavy stuff before it gets better.
Follow the directions that I linked to in my earlier post and you'll have the fastest, most direct way to Cedar Point.
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