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Maine Turnpike Turns 70

The Maine Turnpike Authority will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Maine Turnpike’s first phase, the 47-mile, Kittery-to-Portland superhighway on December 13. Before the Maine Turnpike opened on December 13, 1947, it could take half a day to drive from Portland to Kittery. After the Turnpike opened, only 47 minutes.

What began as a vision shared by Maine legislators in 1940 and was then delayed by America’s entry into World War II, became a reality in 1947 as the Maine Turnpike debuted as the nation’s second superhighway and immediately set a number of historic firsts.

  • Maine’s first mile-a-minute highway
    The Turnpike was Maine’s first roadway with a posted 60 mph speed limit. Few New Englanders in 1947 had ever driven that fast.
  • New England’s first and only the nation’s second superhighway
    The first section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, defined as a superhighway for its double two-lane limited access roadways separated by a wide median strip, opened in 1940. The Maine Turnpike was America’s second modern superhighway.
  • America’s first toll highway to pay its own way
    The Maine Turnpike was financed completely with the issue of revenue bonds purchased by investors and repaid from toll collections. In seven decades, tolls have paid for all of the Turnpike’s maintenance and improvements without ever having to rely on state or federal funding.
  • America’s first asphalt superhighway
    Some experts say that the Maine Turnpike was the first highway in the world to be built entirely with asphalt. Concrete was considered the only way to go before Maine’s superhighway set the new standard.

The original smooth, straight stretch of roadway proved to be such a popular success, that in 1953 the Turnpike Authority sought to extend the pike northward. On December 13, 1956, the 66-mile, Portland-to-Gardiner extension, including the four-mile Falmouth spur, was added to the state’s transportation infrastructure.

Seventy years later, the Maine Turnpike continues to be a proving ground for new highway engineering, construction, and technological advancement. In recent years, the Maine Turnpike Authority has added Open Road Tolling systems that process electronic EZPass transactions as drivers cruise through at highway speeds. On-ramp and off-ramp configurations have been upgraded with newer, safer designs. Last year, the Lewiston exit was rebuilt with the state’s first Single Point Urban Interchange, a design developed to move large volumes of traffic more safely and efficiently within a limited space.


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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.


For more I-95 travel info, 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!

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Temporary I-95 Ramps Opening in Maine

The Maine Department of Transportation reports that the new access points to Whitten Road will be used by all traffic taking I-95 to points south of Augusta and for those on I-95 southbound headed east towards downtown Augusta or the Capital Area.

Exit 109B will remain available for all I-95 southbound traffic headed west towards Manchester/Winthrop.

The southbound traffic pattern on Whitten Road remains the same. However, all northbound traffic on Whitten Road will encounter a new stop sign at the intersection of Whitten Road and the temporary southbound on ramp

Motorists should all extra time or consider using alternate routes such as Exit 112 or 113

Maine DOT is replacing a damaged overpass at the 109A interchange spanning I-95. The new bridge is expected to open later this winter.

Construction is weather dependent, so schedules are subject to change.


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Construction Begins on Damaged Bridge Project on I-95 in Maine

The Maine Department of Transportation reports that construction has begun on a new set of temporary interstate ramps which will allow access between Whitten Road and I-95 Exit 109A.

MaineDOT expects the access to be available to the public in advance of the November 22nd deadline. While these ramps are being constructed, traffic headed southbound on the interstate as well as heading to the Capitol District or downtown should use Exit 113, Exit 112 or Exit 109B. All other movements remain unchanged from the current configuration.

Once completed, these new temporary access points to Whitten Road will be used by all traffic wishing to take I-95 to points south of Augusta and for those on I-95 southbound headed toward downtown Augusta or the Capital Area. Exit 109B will remain available for all I-95 southbound traffic headed west toward Manchester/Winthrop.

On October 3rd, a MaineDOT maintenance worker discovered the south exterior beam of the Ramp F Bridge over I-95 had been struck by a vehicle causing significant damage. There is currently a partial crack in the southern beam.

Another recent hit has damaged the north exterior beam of the same bridge but to a lesser extent. MaineDOT personnel will continue to monitor the damage on both sides of the bridge to ensure it remains safe under legal loads.

This bridge carries two-way traffic as part of the I-95 Exit 109 interchange as well as I-95 southbound traffic accessing Western Avenue headed east to the downtown and the Capitol complex. It also supports Western Avenue traffic bound for I-95 south.

Drivers are advised to find alternate routes. For more information and to sign up for email alerts, please visit mainedot.gov

MaineDOT has been investigating what may have caused this damage with little success to date. Anyone with any information is asked to call MaineDOT’s Legal Division at (207) 624-3020.

Driving to a Permanent Solution – When considering the significant effort, cost and traffic impacts associated with repairing the existing bridge, coupled with a strong likelihood of continued damage due to “over height” strikes, MaineDOT is accelerating a bridge construction contract to have a new bridge in place this winter.

As part of replacing the superstructure, we will increase the “under clearance” by over a foot to reduce the potential of future impacts and to be consistent with the clearances achieved with recent bridge projects over Interstate 95.

MaineDOT will also be installing an over-height load warning system to protect other bridges, such as the overpass carrying Western Avenue over I-95.


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I-95 Detour in Augusta Maine Begins Wednesday

Beginning on Wednesday, November 1, all southbound I-95 traffic at Exit 109 destined for Western Avenue in Augusta will be directed off Exit 109B onto Western Avenue westbound. Motorists traveling east on Western Avenue will need to proceed westerly to access one of the reverse direction loops at Edison Drive or Old Winthrop Road.

On October 3rd, a MaineDOT maintenance worker discovered the south exterior beam of the Ramp F Bridge over I-95 had been struck by a vehicle causing significant damage. There is currently a partial crack in the southern beam. Barrels have been placed along the south shoulder of the bridge to keep traffic off the damaged area.
Another recent hit has damaged the north exterior beam of the same bridge but to a lesser extent. MaineDOT personnel will continue to monitor the damage on both sides of the bridge to ensure it remains safe under legal loads.

On Saturday, October 28th, MaineDOT crews will work to pave and alter striping patterns. Motorists should expect slight delays.

This bridge carries two-way traffic as part of the I-95 Exit 109 interchange as well as I-95 southbound traffic accessing Western Avenue headed east to the downtown and the Capitol complex. It also supports Western Avenue traffic bound for I-95 south.

Drivers are advised to find alternate routes.

MaineDOT has been investigating what may have caused this damage with little success to date. Anyone with any information is asked to call MaineDOT’s Legal Division at (207) 624-3020.

Construction materials act differently under cold temperatures. Although the bridge is currently safe for all legal loads, the Department feels it is prudent to remove one lane of traffic from the bridge before cold weather arrives and then remove all traffic from the bridge so that construction of a new bridge may move as quickly as possible. The following is a plan to move quickly, while maintaining public safety and minimizing impacts to our customers.

Short Term – Beginning Wednesday, November 1st all I-95, Exit 109, south bound traffic destined for Western Avenue in Augusta will be directed off Exit 109B onto Western Avenue westbound. Traffic wanting to head east on Western Avenue will need to proceed westerly to access one of the reverse direction loops at Edison Drive or Old Winthrop Road. During this period, travelers will be advised to seek alternate routes as much as possible.

Mid Term– In three to five weeks, using accelerated contracting methods, a new set of temporary ramps will be built from Exit 109A onto Whitten Road. Travelers will then access Western Avenue from the Whitten Road Intersection. Exit 109B will resume as before serving westbound Western Avenue travel to Manchester, Winthrop, etc. Travelers wanting to access I-95 southbound from Western Avenue will do so from Whitten Road.

Permanent Solution – When considering the significant effort, cost and traffic impacts associated with repairing the existing bridge, coupled with a strong likelihood of continued damage due to “over height” strikes, MaineDOT is working rapidly to develop and execute plans to replace the entire Ramp F bridge superstructure. As part of replacing the superstructure, we will increase the “under clearance” by over a foot to reduce the potential of future impacts and to be consistent with the clearances achieved with recent bridge projects over Interstate 95.

The Department plans to implement accelerated construction techniques to have a new bridge in place before spring of 2018. However, that could be affected by the type of winter weather before us.

MaineDOT will also be installing an over-height load warning system to protect other bridges, such as the overpass carrying Western Avenue over I-95.


For more I-95 construction info, 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!

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Fall Foliage Along I-95 From Virginia to Maine – Part One: New Hampshire and Maine

Mid 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 Hampshire and Maine…

While fall foliage in nearly all of Vermont is past peak viewing, central and southern New Hampshire and all but the northernmost regions of Maine are at peak conditions.

In New Hampshire, you’ll find excellent color along I-93 from Salem, northward thru Londonderry, Manchester, Concord, to Laconia. There are also excellent conditions along I-89 from Concord northward thru New London to Lebanon. New Hampshire’s portion of I-95 is short (only 16 miles) and runs along the extreme southern portion of the state, but if you jump off any of its exits and wander a few miles east or west you’ll discover what fall in New England is all about… small towns with quintessential picturesque streets and white steepled churches every few miles.

Try this loop… From Concord, take I-89 north thru New London to Enfield. Leave I-89 at exit 17 and take US Route 4 east thru Canaan to Danbury. From Danbury take NH Route 104 east thru Bristol and onto New Hampton where you jump on I-93 south thru Tilton and on to Concord. You’ll find a little bit of everything along this route, panoramas, small towns, rural highways and plenty of stops along the way.

The entire length of I-95 in Maine passes thru peak fall foliage colors in Mid October. End to end… over 300 miles of color from Kittery to Houlton. Like New Hampshire, jump off just about any I-95 exit and you’ll find small towns worthy of all the storage space your camera memory has available.

Begin you trip with a little outlet shopping in Kittery, home to several large outlet malls. Travel north on I-95 thruKennebunk, Biddeford and Scarborough to Portland, or take US Route 1 which runs parallel to I-95. It’s a little slower and thru small coastal towns, but there’s plenty to see and do along the way.

From Portland, continue your journey north thru Lewiston, Gardiner, Augusta, Waterville, Bangor, Old Town and on toHoulton and the Canadian Border.

What’s cool about viewing fall colors from the Interstate? The experience is totally different in either direction. Drive north on I-95, turn around and head south and you’ll see a whole new perspective right before your eyes! You can easily spend several days exploring small towns and villages directly off the Interstate exits along the way.

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 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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Peak Fall Foliage For Northern Regions of Vermont, New Hampshire and Northern New York

If you think you’ve missed peak fall foliage colors, don’t fret. Peak conditions are now showing in the northern regions of Vermont, New Hampshire and Central and Northern New York. This week is the perfect time for a fall foliage drive!

If New York is your choice, “The Adirondack Northway”, Interstate 87 has some of the best views anywhere. Peak fall foliage can be seen on I-87 beginning in Saratoga Springs and northward thruGlens Falls, Lake George, Plattsburg, and on to the Canadian border.

Vermont’s I-89 is a beautiful drive anytime of year, but fall is especially breathtaking. You’ll find peak autumn colors along I-89 northward from Montpelier, thru Stowe, Burlington, St. Albans, and on to the Canadian border. Vermont’s I-91 also has great color from St. Johnsbury thru Newport to the Canadian border.

New Hampshire offers some of the best Interstate vistas in the Northeast and you’ll find foliage at it’s peak in the northern part of the state. Travelers along I-93 will find plenty of photo opportunities from Franconia Notch thru Littleton and on toSt. Johnsbury, Vermont

What’s cool about viewing fall colors from the Interstate? The experience is totally different in either direction. Drive north on I-89, turn around and head south and you’ll see a whole new perspective right before your eyes! You can easily spend several days exploring small towns and villages directly off the Interstate exits along the way.

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

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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!

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I-95 Ramps in Maine Closed Tonight

The Maine Turnpike Authority reports that on Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Maine Turnpike northbound entering and departing ramps of Exit 63 Interchange in Gray will be closed from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

The closure is necessary to complete demolition work that is part of the current Interchange improvement project. During the overnight closure motorists should seek alternate routes.


For more I-95 construction info, 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!

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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
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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.

Late September is Peak Fall Foliage in Northwestern Vermont, Central and Northern New York

Start making plans… It’s fall foliage roadtrip time! Late September is prime time for fall foliage in Northwestern Vermont, Central and Northern New York. Now’s the time to plan that perfect fall foliage drive!

The country’s most panoramic fall vistas can be seen from the Northeast’s Interstate highways. In New York “The Adirondack Northway”, Interstate 87 has some of the best views anywhere. Beginning in Saratoga Springs and northward thru Glens Falls, Lake George,Plattsburg, and on to the Canadian border.

Vermont’s I-89 is a beautiful drive anytime of year, but fall is especially breathtaking. Late September in Northwestern Vermont means peak autumn colors along I-89 northward from Montpelier, thru Stowe,Burlington, St. Albans, and on to the Canadian border.

What’s cool about viewing fall colors from the Interstate? The experience is totally different in either direction. Drive north on I-89, turn around and head south and you’ll see a whole new perspective right before your eyes! You can easily spend several days exploring small towns and villages directly off the Interstate exits along the way.

Check out our fall foliage maps to find peak colors in your area.

Book a hotel along I-87 for your fall foliage trip:
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Book a hotel along I-89 for your fall foliage trip:
Montpelier, VT hotelsStowe, VT hotelsBurlington, VT hotelsSt. Albans hotels


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