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Route from Lake George, NY to Burlington, VT?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I saw two threads where this is discussed, (1, 2), but no definitive answers. So, a quick question for knowledgeable locals and/or frequent drivers to Vermont.

What is the best route to use to get from Lake George, NY (Rt 149 > Rt 4) to Burlington? I see two choices, Rt 22A to RT 7 or Rt30 to Rt7? Was wondering about slow moving trucks on two-lane roads, lots of towns with reduced speed limits, etc. I’d be driving this after dark on a weeknight.
post #2 of 15

Can't Get There From Here

I'd go North on Northway to (?) exit 28. That goes past Paradox Lake towards Ticonderoga (Crown Point) - one exit north of Saranac Lake. That route will take you over the northern most crossing point on Lake Champlain and becomes Rt 17 in Vermont. Rt 17 is the road to Mad River Glen!

From the bridge on 17 take a left on Rt 22A. It runs into Rt7 - to Burlington. Watch your speed on 22A and in the towns.

That's the way I go.
post #3 of 15
I always took 22A to visit my brother outside Burlingotn. There are usually some spots to pass any slow traffic. One word of caution-when you drive through Vergennes, make sure you obey the speed limit to the T. My dad got his first speeding ticket in 45 years of driving for going 29 in a 25 MPH zone.
post #4 of 15

22A Is The Way To Go

When I go to the Lake George area to and from Burlington I always take 7 to 22A to 149. Don't go to Rutland on 4 and take 7 from there. It's a lot longer.
post #5 of 15
149 to Fort Ann. Rt. 4 to 22A in Fair Haven. 22A north to Vergennes. Rt.7 North to Burlington.
post #6 of 15
Nah, Paul Jones is right. The Champlain Bridge on exit 28 (I think you're right) is the fastest route. Plus more Highway time on the Northway and less travel in VT (where I always seem to be stuck behind 2 plows, a schoolbus and a winnebago). but it's not Saranac Lake, it's Schroon Lake.
post #7 of 15

Troy

I live in Troy and I went to UVM. I used to ride 22A (Burlington 500). Still cleaning up the license and legal problems. You just can go fast on those roads anymore, too many cars.

We go to MAd River and Stowe alot. Even for Stowe I go over the pass. Not too sure that that is the fastest way to Stowe, but you'd be hard pressed to beat me!
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
I thought I'd do an after-action report on this topic, for future reference.

I did the Northway to Paradox Lake > Ticonderoga > across Lake Champlain on the way up to ESA at Stowe, and Rt22A to Rt 7 on the return drive.

Notes: The road from the Northway east to Ticonderoga was a bit snowy the night I drove it, and with the curves I drove cautiously. Through Crown Point and acorss the lake was kind of slow moving.

Rt22A, I think I like this better, maybe because it was on a bright, sunny weekday with not much traffic that I drove it. The posted speed limit is 50 outside the villages, and based on what I read here, I didn't go much over that. But halfway between Vergennes and Rt 7, a VT state police car suddenly came zooming up behind me, and then proceeded to pass, and drive ahead at about 60 mph. A mile or two up ahead I saw him pull into a luncheon place. I distinctly got the impression from the way he passed me that I wasn't going fast enough for him. So freeskinow, can you explain your comment about it being the Burlington 500 and getting lots of tickets, please.
post #9 of 15

Elk

I used to drive like a bat out of hell. Indy 500/Burlington 500, get it. Then the cops would see me driving along on 22a at 80 and I'd get a ticket, which I wouldn't pay. Small towns can be tough on the license up that way. I think the way I go now is safer for tickets and you can drive along faster. I enjoy back roads. It's dark at night and in the woods. Nobody on the road. Like I said, I've been driving to Burlington for years and right now that's the way that seems best.

Do you use rt 4 to pick up 22a. If you do there is a cut off prior to 22a that leads to Middlebury. You can go right along on that road. Cops in Middlebury are always looking for a problem so watch out there.
post #10 of 15

Elk

So you picked up Rt 7? Where did you do that. And where did you go on 7? Down to Troy? That's where I live and if I go to killington I go 7 to Bennington, 7 to Rutland and ... But I do not like that road at all.

When I go to MRG, Stowe or Jay I go over the river and take the Nrothway.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

paul jones

When I was going north to Stowe, I did the Northway and Ticonderoga. I was driving south (home) when I did 22A, ... from Burlington, did Rt 7 > Rt 22A > Rt 4 > Rt 149 (Lake George).

From other driving experience, driving through the downtown area of Troy seems to be a bottleneck, especially in the evenings. If I ever do that again, I'll find a creative route from the Albany side of the river around the south and east sides of town. Then Link up with rt 7 outside of town after all the stores and stop lights.

What do you make of the cop passing me out to get to lunch?
post #12 of 15
Surprised he didn't have his lights on. Must not have been that hungry.

Coming through Troy is better these days. If you are already on the Northway headed to Killington, I'd keep going. To Manchester use Troy and Rt 7.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by mattchuck2
Nah, Paul Jones is right. The Champlain Bridge on exit 28 (I think you're right) is the fastest route. Plus more Highway time on the Northway and less travel in VT (where I always seem to be stuck behind 2 plows, a schoolbus and a winnebago). but it's not Saranac Lake, it's Schroon Lake.
What he said...
post #14 of 15
He requested directions to Burlington, not Stowe, MRG, Manchester, Middlebury, etc.

Despite the traffic issues in VT, staying on the Northway as long as possible (exit 28) and crossing at Crown Point near Port Henry and then taking VT 17 to Addison and then 22a to Vergennes to VT 7 is the shortest way. I tried staying on VT 17 all the way to VT 7 once (not taking 22a and bypassing downtown Vergennes), but it took longer.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by bjohansson
He requested directions to Burlington, not Stowe, MRG, Manchester, Middlebury, etc.

Despite the traffic issues in VT, staying on the Northway as long as possible (exit 28) and crossing at Crown Point near Port Henry and then taking VT 17 to Addison and then 22a to Vergennes to VT 7 is the shortest way. I tried staying on VT 17 all the way to VT 7 once (not taking 22a and bypassing downtown Vergennes), but it took longer.
THis is the best route to take. Longer on the thruway and minimal traffic
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