Directions to Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May might sound far away, but it''''s actually a very easy 3 1/2 hour drive from Manhattan, unlike the Hamptons'''' madness.
Take either the Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel or GW Bridge to the New Jersey Turnpike South. Get off at exit 11 on the Turnpike, and take the Garden State Parkway South. Once you''''re on the Parkway, it''''s a straight shot. The Parkway takes you right into Cape May. (The road turns into Route 109 South just before the Cape May bridge.) Drive across the bridge and you''''re on Lafayette St.
Coming from DC, you can opt for blacktop all the way..or take the ferry.
If you''''re sticking to highways, take I-95 North to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Once across the bridge, you''''ll be on Route 49. That road will take you through Salem and Bridgeton and eventually lead you to Route 55 South. Take Route 55 south until it ends at Route 47. Route 47 South becomes Route 347 for a short distance than becomes Route 47 again. Stay on it, and it will take you through Rio Grande and right to the Garden State Parkway South. The GSP ends at Route 109 South, taking you right across the bridge into Cape May. About 4 hours, door to door.
The Scenic Route:
If the journey''''s as important as the destination, then go this way.(It is longer, and you will have to have ferry reservtions, but it is a very pretty drive.) Take I-95 North to Route 50 East. Drive through Anapolis, MD. Cross the Chesapeake Bay. Route 50 leads you to Maryland Route 404. Follow that through Georgetown, DE to route 9. Route 9 will take you to into Lewes and to the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal. Take the ferry across the Delaware Bay, then follow Route 109 South into Cape May.
If you go back and forth from Philly to the Jersey Shore, you''''re in one of two camps: you''''re either an Expressway person or a Route 55 person.
For AC Expressway People
Take either the Ben Franklin or Walt Whiman Bridge to Route 676 South. Follow the signs for Route 42, Atlantic City. That turns into the Atlantic City Expressway. Stay on the AC Expressway until exit 7. Then take the Garden State Parkway south to Cape May. The GSP ends at Route 109 South and takes you right across the bridge into Cape May. About and hour and 45 minutes, door to door.
For Route 55 People
Instead of the AC Expressway, you can take the Route 55 South exit on Route 42, and head south to Route 47. Route 47 South becomes Route 347 for a short distance than becomes Route 47 again. Stay on it, and it will take you through Rio Grande and right to the Garden State Parkway South. The GSP ends at Route 109 South and takes you right across the bridge into Cape May.