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post #1 of 4 Old Sep 3rd, 2006, 5:58 pm Thread Starter
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My wife and I are planning a long weekend to Montreal. We will be leaving from S of Syracuse, NY will travel N on I-81. Would it be better to cross where 81 becomes 137 and then take 401 east or take 81 to 37 or 11 into 132 or 138 into Montreal or some other route? I would prefer to avoid real heavy traffic but I don't want to do 35 mph roads all the way there. Is there a a place to go into Canada and back that is less busy? TIA
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If you want to get their quickly take 401. It won't be very scenic but it will be the fastest way.

I'm not sure about the other routes you mentioned but Rt 3 from Watertown over to 87 is a pretty good road. There are a few towns you need to slow down going through but most of the way I normally drive 55-65mph. I'd think driving throught the Adirondacks would be more scenic than driving up along the St. Lawrence.

If you decide to take Rt. 3 stay on I81 until exit 48 and then take Rt. 342 East over to route 3. You'll avoid the traffic in Watertown and save some time.

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My wife and I are planning a long weekend to Montreal. We will be leaving from S of Syracuse, NY will travel N on I-81. Would it be better to cross where 81 becomes 137 and then take 401 east or take 81 to 37 or 11 into 132 or 138 into Montreal or some other route? I would prefer to avoid real heavy traffic but I don't want to do 35 mph roads all the way there. Is there a a place to go into Canada and back that is less busy? TIA
I was up in Watertown last week on business and I went up there via route 3 coming in from the Adirondack Mountains... nice ride. Route 3 as it gets into Watertown is under construction so I would avoid that.. I went home via US 11 north and near Malone I swung down towards Lake Placid.. US 11 is a great road.. no traffic and it is smooth with some small towns but mostly rural and farms.. all in all I recommend it.

You can take US 11 all the way to I-87 just south of Montreal and the slab it up to the city.. I went up that way quite a few years ago and it wasn't too far. The border crossing is really big there. There are some rule changes at the border and they will be requiring passports soon.. If you have them I would take them so the border crossing is as painless as possible.. both ways..

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Done that trip a couple times. I'm just a few miles south of you.

Forget I-81. Go over toward Utica, north on 8, then 28 to Old Forge. Be sure to stop at the pancake house on the left, in Old Forge. That's worth the trip all by itself.

Continue on 28, then north on 28N, becomes 30. Continue north. Cross into Canada just above Malone, NY.

This route might take an extra hour, but then that's not the point, is it?

BTW, we love the Marriott downtown. Ask for one of the rooms facing the park, enjoy the view, especially at night.

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