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How to avoid city traffic

Want trip itinerary which avoids big city traffic

Boston Phoenix

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Hi Hope,

Try to travel highways before/after rush hour (7:30am-9:00am and 2:30pm-6pm). Phoenix has become quite large with lots of traffic! If possible, take 'secondary' main surface streets to get where you're going during high traffic hours, e.g., take Osborn not Thomas, take Missouri not Camelback, etc. Know alternate routes that avoid the I-10 or just use the 10 a bit to get to a less-busy surface street, especially during those rush times. Hope that helps! 

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Avoid traveling when people are commuting to and from work. Especially on the highways. Other than that Phoenix is very easy to get around because it's roads are setup on a grid system.

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John from Chicago
Starting from Boston, I think you could make a list of big cities you want to avoid, specifically New York City and Chicago.
So in that case, I would split off I-90 down I-84 so that you don't head toward Chicago. Go through Hartford, then switch to I-81 at Scranton. Pass up I-80 because that would take you back toward Chicago again. Connect instead to I-78 through Harrisburg. Stay on I-78 until it connects to I-70. Take I-70 to Pittsburgh, then follow the rest of the route here:
I-70 to Columbus then Indianapolis then St. Louis.
Switch to I-44 through Springfield (Missouri) and Tulsa.
Switch to I-40 at Oklahoma City, then go through Amarillo and Albuquerque.
Switch to I-17 at Flagstaff, and then you reach Phoenix.
This is a nice drive through the middle of the country, avoiding the big city traffic near NYC and Chicago, but passing through lots of interesting smaller cities that still have plenty to do. Have a great trip!

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  10. St. Louis (city)
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as much as it sucks, theres no way to get into the city without hitting city traffic. Earlier times are better but either way theres some traffic

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