The car's GPS utility will likely suffer as much from the age of its map disc as the version of the NAV hardware/software. Any modern smartphone will be superior. Bring a phone charger with cigarette adapter. Since you'll have a navigator, a mount for your phone is optional.
You'll want to be off any of the scenic parkways by dusk, when the deer come out. Your car and nerves will thank you.
Picking up on the historical theme presented earlier, if that's your thing, then between Monticello and Antietam, there's gold. Udvar Hazy is better than the original - especially by car. You'll be hitting DC during Cherry Blossom festivities. In general, the 81/78 corridor will be more scenic and less stressful than any _95 one.
Factory NAV's just seem to be more reliable to me than using your phone. Might just be because I have Sprint but when I'm in Minneapolis the thing is always trying to find itself (Location).
Thanks for the tip on night driving as well. Didn't even think of that. Rules out Skyline Drive then...
We will be on 81 for the most part from Concord to DC. Anything good happening Friday night during these festivities?
It wouldn't hurt to post a map....All I can say is you won't be able to make up as much time on I-90 versus I-80 due to enforcement types.
Also consider getting out of Manhattan heading west may be easier then going north depending on time of day and where you're leaving from. This can easily eat up 30-60 minutes on a bad day. The Mark III does have updated disks as of 2010 - maybe there are more recent updates. I never really saw much of an improvement with the updates and all major routes will still look the same. Someone posted a download site for these a few years ago but I can't remember who or whether these are still available. The Mark III needs 8 or 9? disks for the US so you'd need a few for your journey.
Here's the route we currently have planned:
MapQuest Maps - Driving Directions - Map
Niagara isn't mapped out on there but if we're not sick of driving by then and want to go, we'll probably take I-80.
Still can't believe the Mark III uses that many discs. Won't be long before I upgrade. I drive too much not to.
Originally Posted by blackknight530i
Look up Hwy 226-A and Hwy 80 in Northeast NC. That's where we do a lot of our BMWCCA mountain drives and they are close the Blue Ridge Parkway, but aren't patrolled as much and offer a lot of fun. I'm only about 30 minutes from Concord in traffic. I hope you got a really nice car!
I'll take a look, thanks. The car is definitely nice. At least I think it is. We'll see I guess