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I-95 the 5th Most Dangerous Interstate in the Country

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities have increased 10.4 percent during the first six months of 2016 compared to the same time period in 2015.  These increases are most likely the result of more drivers on the road and a greater percentage of these motorists are driving distracted. A recent study found that 61 percent of drivers use their cell phones on some drives, most drives or every drive.

On average, Americans spend 293 hours driving approximately 10,900 miles each year. A detailed study by EverQuote examined the most dangerous interstates in America, based on fatalities per mile. This analysis used raw data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Report System from 2010 through 2015 and found fatality rates based on highway lengths.
That data was then compared to the data from EverQuote’s safe-driving app, EverDrive, representing over 6 million trips and 80 million miles of driving.

That study ranked Interstate 95 the 5th most deadly highway in America.

Interstate 95 runs 1926 miles from Miami, Florida to Houlton, Maine. The highway is the 5th most dangerous interstate in the United States with 0.89 fatalities per mile. It has been in the top 10 for fatalities each year for the past six years.


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Fall Foliage Along I-95 From Virginia to Maine – Part Two: New Jersey to Massachusetts

October is a special treat for I-95 travelers in the Northeast. That’s when fall foliage colors are at their peak all along the I-95 corridor… From Northern Virginia to Maine. This three-part series showcases fall foliage road-trips along I-95 state-by state. Let’s check out New Jersey to Massachusetts…

Millstone Valley Scenic Byway | I-95 Exit Guide
Millstone Valley Scenic Byway

Cool crisp autumn days usher in the breathtaking colors of New Jersey’s fall foliage. New Jersey’s state parks and forests provide endless opportunities to experience the brilliant transformation of the leaves. New Jersey’s Millstone Valley Scenic Byway, an official “America’s Byway“ has some of the most picturesque autumn foliage scenes. Millstone Valley Scenic Byway is approximately 28 miles long. You should allow about one hour (without stopping) or 2-3 days to visit attractions along the way.  Located in the narrow Millstone River Valley in north central New Jersey, the Millstone Valley Scenic Byway offers you a glimpse into the past where well-preserved pieces of the canal era, the revolutionary war era, and early Dutch and American heritage live on.

While New York’s portion of I-95 traverses thru mostly urban areas, if you head north on I-87 you’ll discover some of the best panoramic fall foliage views anywhere. Peak fall foliage can be seen along I-87 “The Adirondack Northway” northward from New York City thru Newburgh, Kingston,  Hudson and  Albany.

Almost all of Connecticut is showing peak fall foliage colors in late October. While I-95 in Connecticut is much like New York in that it traverses thru urban areas. The Merritt Parkway, CT Route 169, I-84 and I-91 offer remarkable fall foliage views.

Merritt Parkway | I-95 Exit Guide
Merritt Parkway

For northbound I-95 travelers, the Merritt Parkway begins approximately 6 miles from I-95, exit 21 (I-287). Take I-287 north to the Hutchinson River Parkway east to the Merritt Parkway east. From there, the Merritt Parkway is approximately 37 miles long. For southbound I-95 travelers, the Merritt Parkway begins approximately 2.5 miles from I-95, exit 38 (Milford Parkway). Take the Milford Parkway north to the Merritt Parkway west. From there, the Merritt Parkway is approximately 37 miles long. You should allow about one hour (without stopping) to drive this route.

Connecticut CT Route 169 is designated as an official America’s Byway. The byway begins approximately 19 miles from I-95, exit 76 (I-395) in East Lyme, Connecticut. Take I-395 north to exit 83A. From there, Connecticut State Route 169, is approximately 32 miles long. You should allow about one hour (without stopping), or one full day to visit attractions along this route.

Connecticut State Route 169 | I-95 Exit Guide
Along Connecticut Route 169

While Rhode Island is small, there’s no shortage of fall colors here and this state shows its brightest colors in late October. Western and northern Rhode Island are heavily wooded and are exploding with color this time of year. Get of I-95 just about anywhere and you won’t be disappointed.  Blackstone Valley region including Pawtucket are great places to start. Check out Roger Williams Park and Zoo in Providence;  Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum in Bristol and at Colt State Park on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay.

Like Connecticut, just about all of Massachusetts is in the midst of peak color in late October. I-90, I-91, and I-84 offer great panoramic vistas without wandering off an exit.  What’s cool about viewing fall colors from the Interstate? The experience is totally different in either direction. Drive one way on I-90, I-91 or I-84, turn around and head back and you’ll see a whole new perspective right before your eyes! You can also easily spend several days exploring small towns and villages directly off the Interstate exits along the way.

Try the Massachusetts North Shore Loop for a fall foliage roadtrip from a seaside perspective. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, the coastal towns along Massachusetts’ North Shore were home to the production of magnificent wooden ships that set sail for ports in Asia and Africa, and returning great wealth to the area. Many of the majestic homes and buildings constructed during that era, still stand against the backdrop of some of the most beautiful coastline on the Atlantic. Add a brilliant fall foliage background to an already picture perfect setting and you have memories to last a lifetime. The North Shore Loop passes thru Salem, Beverly, Gloucester, Rockport, and Newburyport.

In case you missed it, visit Part One of our fall foliage series: New Hampshire and Maine.

Check out this handy fall foliage map to find peak colors in your area.


For more I-95 information, visit www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to I-95, America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida!

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Savvy I-95 Travelers Top 10 Hotels

I-95 travelers are a savvy lot. They do a fair amount of research before they hit the road and one of the most researched travel details is where to lay your head after a long day on I-95.

Obviously price can be a factor, but location, convenience, brand recognition and amenities all play a part in choosing a place to stay.

Here are the ten most popular hotels on I-95 based on booked reservations from June thru August 2017. Since these rankings are based on real customer data, these hotels attract travelers of all budgets and tastes, and are your best bets for choosing a place to stay along I-95.


10. Best Western – Battleboro, North Carolina
Best Western - Battleboro, NC | I-95 Exit Guide
Best Western – Battleboro, North Carolina

Free continental breakfast and Wi-Fi, a seasonal pool and an interstate-ready location 10 miles from town are what brings guests to Best Western I-95 Rocky Mount.

The Best Western I-95 Rocky Mount is a two-floor building with exterior corridors. Its 82 rooms offer coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi and flat-panel TVs with HBO. Microwaves and mini-fridges are available. Dig into the free breakfast with a rotating menu of breads, bagels, muffins, cereal, fruit, yogurt, coffee, juice and more. Cool off in the summer with a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool. The hotel also has a lobby computer, laundry facility, free parking and a 24-hour Denny’s Restaurant next door. Pets are allowed for a fee.

The Best Western is on Highway 4 off I-95, four miles west of Battleboro. Rocky Mount is 10 miles south and features attractions like the Children’s Museum & Science Center, Douglas Block historic district and the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. Downtown Raleigh is 58 miles southwest and Raleigh-Durham International Airport is 73 miles southwest. more…


9. Comfort Inn – Chester, Virginia
Comfort Inn - Chester, VA | I-95 Exit Guide
Comfort Inn – Chester, Virginia

With a free, deluxe continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a seasonal, outdoor pool, the non-smoking Comfort Inn Chester offers convenient amenities near downtown Richmond.

This five-story hotel has 122 rooms, each of which includes free Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker, iron/ironing board, microwave, refrigerator and cable TV with premium channels. Each morning, guests can enjoy a complimentary, hot breakfast featuring eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and hot waffles, then take advantage of the fitness center and the seasonal, outdoor pool. Parking is free.

The Comfort Inn is seven miles from South Park Mall, 13 miles from downtown Richmond and the Richmond Metro Convention Center. Kings Dominion is 40 miles away, and Colonial Williamsburg is 45 miles. Richmond International Airport is 19 miles from the hotel. more…


8. LaQuinta Inn & Suites – Florence, South Carolina
LaQuinta Inn and Suites - Florence, SC | I-95 Exit Guide
LaQuinta Inn & Suites – Florence, South Carolina

With free Wi-Fi, a complimentary hot breakfast and a location off I-95 and near a large farmer’s market, it’s no wonder the La Quinta Inn & Suites Florence is one of the top-rated hotels in the area.

Each of the three-floor hotel’s 84 rooms features a microwave, a refrigerator and free Wi-Fi access. Wake up on the right side of the bed with a free hot continental breakfast. Check your e-mail in the business center and then play hooky by the outdoor pool and sun deck, in the hot tub or with a sweat session in the exercise room. Valet and self-serve laundry facilities services help you look your best. Parking is free.

The hotel is off I-95, one mile from the Pee Dee State Farmer’s Market. It’s three miles from the center of town and a show at the Florence Little Theatre or a visit to the Civil War-era Florence National Cemetery. You can find two malls within a 10-minute drive, and Francis Marion University and Darlington International Raceway are both 10 miles. The closest Amtrak station is three miles away, and Florence Regional Airport is six miles southeast. more…


7. Microtel Inn & Suites – Brunswick, Georgia
Microtel Inn and Suites - Brunswick, GA | I-95 Exit Guide
Microtel Inn & Suites – Brunswick, Georgia

Amenities like quick I-95 access and comfy accommodations are included in the chopped prices for guests at the non-smoking Microtel Inn and Suites Brunswick North.

The three-story Microtel offers 62 rooms with window seats, desks, coffeemakers, free local and long-distance calls within the U.S., plus cable TV with premium channels. Select accommodations also include microwaves, mini-fridges and sofa beds. High-speed internet access is available. The business center is open 24/7. There are coin-operated laundry facilities available, and pets are welcome.

The Microtel Inn and Suites is located in the northern area of Brunswick, one minute from Highway 25 and a half-mile from I-95. Guests enjoy browsing the shops, dining out and catching a film at Glynn Place Mall, five minutes south, or they might prefer taking in a few rounds of golf at Coastal Pines Golf Club, four miles north. The College of Coastal Georgia is less than four miles south, Brunswick Golden Isles Airport is two-and-a-half miles northeast and the heart of the city known as The Wick is 15 minutes south. more…


6. Country Inn & Suites – Emporia, Virginia
Country Inn and Suites | I-95 Exit Guide
Country Inn & Suites – Emporia, Virginia

A complimentary breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub and rooms with free high-speed internet, microwaves and mini-fridges make the non-smoking Country Inn and Suites by Carlson, Emporia, VA, a comfortable place to relax and unwind near I-95.

The non-smoking, low-rise Country Inn and Suites offers 75 rooms with convenient amenities, like mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers and 32-inch, flat-panel LCD TVs. Suites are available for our guests who want more space to spread out. Stay connected from the comfort of your room with free, high-speed internet access. The hotel keeps guests well fed with a complimentary breakfast, free cookies and coffee and tea available around the clock in the lobby. When it comes time to relax, enjoy a year-round dip in the indoor pool and hot tub or head to the fitness center for some exercise. Fax and copy services are available on-site. Pets are permitted, and parking is free.

The hotel is located on Highway 58, near the junction of I-95, within walking distance of several popular restaurants and Greensville Memorial Hospital. Shoppers can hunt for deals at one of the two shopping centers within a half-mile of the hotel. The hotel is 18 miles from the fast-paced action at Southampton Motor Speedway. Lake Gaston, a half-hour away, offers over 350 miles of shoreline for fishing, swimming and picnicking. Richmond International Airport is 68 miles away. more…


5. Quality Inn – Selma, North Carolina
Quality Inn - Selma, NC | I-95 Exit Guide
Quality Inn – Selma, North Carolina

Complimentary continental breakfast, a seasonal outdoor pool and rooms with free high-speed Internet access, mini-fridges and coffeemakers are highlights of Quality Inn Selma.

The 80 rooms at this two-story hotel are accessed via exterior corridors and feature free high-speed Internet access, cable TV, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Select rooms have microwaves, jetted tubs and/or balconies. Non-smoking rooms are available. Complimentary continental breakfast is served daily. There’s also a seasonal outdoor pool and access to fax and copy services. Pets are allowed and parking is available.

Quality Inn Selma is one mile from I-95 at Exit 97. Carolina Premium Outlets are within two miles of the hotel, as is the historic Rudy Theatre. Hinnant Farms Vineyard is five miles away. Southern National Speedway is 16 miles away, and Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site is within 20 miles. It’s 46 miles to Raleigh-Durham International Airport. more…


4. Courtyard by Marriott – Florence, South Carolina
Courtyard - Florence, SC | I-95 Exit Guide
Courtyard by Marriott – Florence, South Carolina

A central location near two interstates, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a high-tech lobby are welcome benefits of the Courtyard by Marriott Florence.

All 87 non-smoking rooms on three floors feature free Wi-Fi, 32-inch, flat-panel TVs, refrigerators and microwaves. Stay connected at the full-service business center with complimentary printing or in the high-tech lobby that features a touch-screen computer and media booths with charging stations and flat-panel TVs. On-site laundry facilities help you make a good first impression. A bistro serves breakfast and dinner as well as evening cocktails. You’ll feel relaxed after a workout in the fitness center or a dip in the indoor pool and hot tub.

Located at the junction of I-95 and I-20, the Courtyard by Marriott is one block from the Florence Civic Center and two blocks from the shops and restaurants at Magnolia Mall. Drive four miles to the War Between the States Museum, Florence Symphony Orchestra or the nature trails in Timrod Park. You can be at the Nascar races at Darlington Raceway in 20 minutes or check out the planetarium at Francis Marion University, 11 miles east. The Amtrak station is a five-mile drive into town and the Florence Regional Airport is eight miles away.  more…


3. Country Inn and Suites – Lumberton, North Carolina
Country Inn and Suites - Lumberton, NC | I-95 Exit Guide
Country Inn and Suites – Lumberton, North Carolina

Free breakfasts and convenient in-room microwaves and mini-fridges make the Country Inn & Suites Lumberton a favorite for I-95 travelers.

All 53 non-smoking rooms in the four-story Country Inn & Suites, accessed by interior corridors, have coffeemakers, cable TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges and free internet access. Wake up with a cup of free coffee and complimentary hot breakfast from the hotel’s buffet of waffles, pastries, yogurt, fruit, tea, juice and milk.

Stay in shape with a cardio workout at the hotel’s fitness center, then, during summer months, unwind in the outdoor pool. Stop by the on-site business center for fax and copy services. There’s a free guest laundry, and parking is free and can accommodate RVs and boats. Pets are not allowed.

Just off I-95 at Exit 20, the Country Inn & Suites is three miles from downtown Lumberton. Guests are within walking distance of a few restaurants and one mile from the Lumberton Visitors Bureau and Southeastern Regional Medical Center. Fort Bragg is nearly an hour’s drive from the hotel. Fayetteville is 30 miles away and Fayetteville Regional Airport is 28 miles from the hotel.  more…


2. Comfort Suites – Wilson, North Carolina
Comfort Suites - Wilson, North Carolina | I-95 Exit Guide
Comfort Suites – Wilson, North Carolina

Complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a seasonal outdoor pool are among the highlights at the non-smoking Comfort Suites, an all-suite hotel in Wilson, on east North Carolina’s coastal plains.

The four-story Comfort Suites features 76 non-smoking suites with sofa beds, convenient microwaves, mini-fridges and flat-panel HDTVs. Mornings begin with a free newspaper and delicious hot and cold options from the breakfast buffet. You’ll stay connected with free Wi-Fi access, voice-mail phones with free local calling and a business center with fax and copy services. Pump some iron in the fitness room or make a splash in the outdoor pool. There’s also a coin-operated guest laundry and free parking.

The Comfort Suites is off I-95 in Wilson, 50 miles east of Raleigh in east North Carolina about halfway between New York and Florida. The hotel is within a 15-minute drive from businesses including Merck & Co., Kidde Aerospace & Defense, Bridgestone-Firestone Inc. and Cott Beverages. The Wilson Medical Center is about 10 minutes away and Barton College is six miles from the hotel. Comfort Suites is 54 miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. more…


1. Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center – Titusville, Florida
Quality Inn - Titusville, Florida | I-95 Exit Guide
Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center – Titusville, Florida

A way cool pool, plus the flexibility of a 24-hour on-site restaurant and pet acceptance might make Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center the place to be.

This two-floor lodging offers 115 smoking and non-smoking rooms of tasteful style and neutral tones, with Wi-Fi, microwaves, mini-fridges and high-end mattresses dialing up the comfort. Guests can fuel up for the day with a continental buffet featuring biscuits and sausage gravy, yogurt, boiled eggs, pastries, fruits, cereal, breads and more. And given they’ve got a 24-hour restaurant on-site, there’s no chance you’ll go hungry here.

Those dying to cool off are in luck. The hotel’s standout feature is an outdoor heated pool with cool rock formations and tropical waterfalls. Additional perks include a business center, laundry facility, pet acceptance and ample parking to ensure all bases are covered.

A handy one block off I-95, the hotel is both fast-track accessible yet close to great escapes, including Airboat Rides at Midway, a 10-minute drive. Guests are within a 20-minute ride of the big highlights in town including the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum, or they can shoot over to the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in 15 minutes. Orlando International Airport is 36 miles away.  more…


For more I-95 travel information, visit www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida!

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit Guide, I-5 Exit Guide, I-10 Exit Guide and I-75 Exit Guide.

Hurricane Jose Heads Towards the I-95 Corridor

A Tropical Storm watch is now in effect for the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts, which includes most of I-95.

Motorists will most probably see heavy rain and gusty winds along I-95 from Maryland to Maine.

Beginning today and through tonight rain and gusty winds could hit portions of the coastal mid-Atlantic from Long Island to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Tuesday areas from the Delmarva Peninsula to Long Island and southern New England may be see gusty winds and bands of heavy rain as far north as southern Maine.

Wednesday areas of coastal New England may see heavy bands of rain. Tropical storm-force winds are most possible on Nantucket Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cape Cod.

Jose is expected to produce up to 5 inches of rain in parts of the coastal northeast. While I-95 motorists are expected to see rain and wind, flooding is not anticipated.


For more I-95 travel information, visit www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida!

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit GuideI-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.

Bridge Work in Connecticut Will Close Multiple I-95 Lanes

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nighttime bridge maintenance project will be performed on the Baldwin Bridge carrying I-95 southbound over the Connecticut River in Old Lyme, beginning Saturday, August 12, 2017.

This project is scheduled to occur beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, through 5:00 a.m. on morning of Sunday, August 13, 2017.

Motorists can expect the two left lane closures on Interstate 95 southbound from Exit 71 to the Exit 69 off-ramp to Route 9 northbound in Old Lyme. Traffic control personnel, variable message board, and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone.


For more I-95 construction info, visit  www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to I-95, America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida! Plus I-95 construction, real-time traffic and road news.

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit GuideI-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.