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    I-95 or I-81 South?

    Hello All,

    I know I'm being a big pest today but it;s pouring rain in Maine so we're stuck inside

    We will be in D.C. in a couple weeks and then had planned to head down to Florida via I-95 and visiting the coast here and there but now we're not so sure. I'm wondering if we should take the more inland route and drive through the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains instead?

    We really wanted to visit the Carolinas, especially Old Charleston but I am worried about roads, and campgrounds after Joaquin.

    Any thoughts or recommendations?
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    Charleston is still a mess and most likely will still be when you make your trip south. In addition to dozens of local roads that are closed/washed out, there are many homes and businesses that have no drinking water. I-95 is closed between Florence and Charlston at this point due to ongoing flooding and road damage. Your best bet is to call wherever you are planning to stay in Charlston and when you get closer to your depart date and see what the conditions are at that point. If it were me, I'd just go on down to Florida and maybe see Charleston next spring on your way back. They are calling this a 1000 year flood event and one doesn't recover from something like that in a few days or weeks or months. It's going to be a long haul for those folks.

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    I81 is always a better route than 95. There is always a backup from D.C. to Richmond, sometimes all 120 miles. The EZpass lanes are very expensive. Cost depends on time of day. Not only do you get a better view, less traffic. We live in Delaware and avoid 95 if at all possible. Just went on vacation to Asheville, NC. Went south on Delmarva, across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, across country a bit and then hit 85 and 40. May have taken a little longer but at least we were moving the whole time. Going down 81, Winchester is beautiful, Luray is a great side trip is you've never been there, Roanoke is nice place to get dinner. Leaves should be changing, can't beat it. Have a good trip.

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    I think you guys are right and that's my concern. It sounds like it will take sometime for things to get back to normal. I was stationed at Quantico, VA in the late 60's and haven't got a chance to visit the Shenandoah Mts since then.

    I still have a couple weeks but I'm thinking I may take the "inland" route.

    We are definitely going to DC though.

    I'm guessing I would head east through Atlanta from Chattanooga?
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    Driving down the coast from Washington, DC to Florida is flat and somewhat boring compared to other routes south.
    The Shenandoah Valley in Virginia is absolutely stunning, and you can even drop off on the Blue Ridge Parkway around Roanoke for a distance if you'd like. We especially like the Asheville, NC area and west into The Smokies.
    We're heading next Thursday for Gatlinburg with about 12 others. East TN, Western NC and NE GA Mountains are absolutely breathtaking this time of the year.

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    Skip the coast go down 81 enjoy Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Parkway


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    As one who lives on the coast I agree. Skip the coast and go down 81. Enjoy the Parkway
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    Poppy~ We never use I 95. We think 81 to 26 is the absolute best route. Maybe check out Lake Greenwood State Park on the way. You would be 3.5 hours from Charleston and 7 miles from us. The park is recently refurbished, we call it a well kept secret. In Charleston James Island County Park is the best place to stay. Travel safe, we enjoy your posts.
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    Another vote here, Paul, for I-81. It is more scenic.
    A good overnight stop is Natural Bridge, VA. There is at least a KOA and a Jellystone there. The bridge is worth seeing.
    If you're interested in caverns, Luray is nice. We enjoyed it more than Carlsbad.
    Walnut Hill CG near the Shenandoah Valley is nice.

    We travel I-81 several times a year. Smoky Mtns will be beautiful in late October.
    Since you will be in DC, you can take I-66 west from the DC Beltway to connect w/I-81. Try to avoid Beltway traffic during rush hour(s).

    We're about 20 mins outside DC in Maryland. PM me if you want more info.

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    You all have been so helpful We are currently in PA near Allentown for a couple nights and have made a decision to cut D.C. from this trip. It would be our 3rd time visiting the Capitol and we are looking at the rest of our trip and being home by Thanksgiving and we just decided, literally a couple hours ago, to skip it. We have decided to take the 81 and will spend the next couple days reviewing your input and the maps and head out.
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