If you do not want to take I-95 through NYC & cross GW bridge, you could take the much longer route by using the I-287 to avoid NYC traffic & catch I-95 near Port Chester,NY.
Thank's, I will map it out.....
You don't need to take a particularly out of the way route to avoid NYC traffic and the George Washington Bridge (which I'd agree it's best to avoid if possible.)
You'll be coming north on the NJ Turnpike, I assume. Get off in Woodbridge and follow the northbound Garden State Parkway into NY State. It will end at I-287, and take that east across the Tappan Zee Bridge.
From then on I'd avoid I-95 altogether and this is also easy to do. Take I-287 east to the Hutchinson Rvier Parkway. Take the Hutchinson River Parkway north into Connecticut, where it will become Connecticut 15 (the Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways). Take these to the merge with I-91 and then follow that up to Hartford.
The Hutchinson/Merritt/Wilbur Cross route will have no trucks, will avoid the congested I-95, and is a much prettier route.
One note (from experience.) Watch the signs when you exit I-287 for the Hutchinson River Parkway north. You'll actually exit onto a service road and then need to move over to the right for a cloverleaf onto the northbound Hutch. It's well marked but it's also possible to miss it it you're not paying attention at that point.Edited: 9:55 pm, May 14, 2014
The best route from Hartord is I-84 east to the Mass Pike (I-90) to I-495. This will take you to I-95 just before you cross into New Hampshire.
If you have an EZ pass it will be particularly worthwhile on this trip since there are lots of toll plazas in New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, and your local EZ pass will be accepted at all of them.
try the NJ Turnpike (toll road) to GWB ($9.00)