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campingcasual

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Posted: 06/18/21 11:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We'll be making this trip on July 5th and 6th. Did a quick Google Maps, and it suggests heading through the Norfolk - Virginia Beach area and coming down into OBx from the North. While I like the idea of entering the area from the north and seeing everything on the way down, we've done trips through Norfolk before and I have no desire to deal with the inevitable traffic there.

Would be great to hear what others recommend for this trip. I would really like to arrive at the beach already somewhat relaxed from a nice smooth drive!

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Head for Winston Salem NC and then I40 to I540 to I87/US64 and then in to Nags Head. The last 3 hours will be rural and peaceful.
There are a couple of Food Lions on that route if you want to buy groceries along the way without the crowds. Arriving the 5th or 6th you shouldn't hit any problems as most will be where they are going already.
Have fun!

* This post was edited 06/19/21 04:28am by bucky *


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You can still take I 64, just dont go through Norfolk, Instead
I 64 east to exit 264 south for I 664, then follow that through Suffolk and Chesapeake to exit 291 for Rt 168 south for the Outer banks.

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If take 64 to Charleston than 77 down to 40 than state rd 64 into the outer banks, part of 77 is toll , very good road , not a ton of traffic


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Wanderingaimlessly, that's a lot of detail, thanks! How is the traffic from Richmond down to Suffolk? We've been that way a couple of times and I feel like it was bad from anywhere south of DC.

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That guy is confused--I-64 to Charleston, I-77 into NC, hit I-74 to Winston-Salem, hit I-40 East till you get around Raleigh and hit US-64 to the beach. Don't confuse I-64 with US-64....Forget google etc and look at a road map

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campingcasual wrote:

Wanderingaimlessly, that's a lot of detail, thanks! How is the traffic from Richmond down to Suffolk? We've been that way a couple of times and I feel like it was bad from anywhere south of DC.

If you decide to come through Virginia as opposed to heading south through NC, avoid I-64 east of Richmond.
Here is your Virginia route.


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Thank you, I appreciate the local knowledge.

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The above route is about awful. Count on traffic east of Richmond on either I-64 or US 460. The route I and others suggested misses all of that other than a little around Raleigh if you hit during rush hour. I travel down the I-77 to I-40 often but did the I-64 out of Charleston once, once, that was enough of that. Hope this helps.

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I would pay very close attention to when you come through NC. I would do it early. On or around holidays there can be traffic from winston Salem all the way to raleigh. I have traveled this to and from TN many times. I would be more inclined to run to Richmond then down 95 to 64 and then East. There are less big cities to hit and be stuck in. Yes. It’s a little longer but I think the traffic risk is less.

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