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Trip from DC to Greenville SC

Derry
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Trip from DC to Greenville SC

We are Irish visiting US in summer 2014.

we plan staying a few days in each of NYC, Boston and Washington DC before hiring a car to travel to relatives in Greenville SC.

i would welcome advive on route to take.

We would like to spend some time at Monticello and some time travelling one of the scenic routes and would spbreak the journey with a overniight stay.

suggestions welcome!

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1. Re: Trip from DC to Greenville SC

There is a lot of beautiful scenery between Charlottesville and Greenville. One driving option is to drive some of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here's a link to give you some ideas.

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/

The mileage on the BRP from the Charlottesville to Asheville area is about 380. The speed limit is at most 45 mph, with some sections slower. It's a beautiful drive with numerous overlooks and stopping points. It could easily take two or more days to drive that stretch if you stop to look around, hike, visit nearby attractions.

Another option is to head southwest on highways (I81 is a major road that travels through a valley - lovely scenery along the way). I am personally partial to the area near where Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee meet. Lovely high mountains in that area - Roan Mountain (Tennessee) known for its beautiful rhododendrons (blooming in July), Mt Rogers (highest mountain in Virginia). If you like biking in beautiful scenery (all downhill), you could head to Damascus, Va and rent bikes and travel on the Virginia Creeper Trail (all downhill). Abingdon, Va could be a base for the area - also known for the Barter Theater and a lovely historical downtown area.

Hope this gives you some ideas! You are travelling to one of our favorite places - Greenville, SC. Great downtown area and some awesome waterfalls nearby.

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2. Re: Trip from DC to Greenville SC

Another option might be to take 81 south part of the way from Charlottesville to Greenville, and to drive part of the way on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's a beautiful drive on the BRP but it can be frustrating when you get behind slow moving vehicles and you have a lot of miles left to drive and are trying to make good time. For that reason I'd recommend only driving a smaller section of the BRP. There's a number of good spots you can jump back and forth btwn the BRP and 81, like in the Roanoke area. If you have time, it would be great to take 81 down to Roanoke, VA, and then to jump on the BRP in Roanoke and take that all the way to Asheville, but that would still be a very long drive. The upside of that though is Asheville is a great small little city and probably my favorite place in between Charlottesville and Greenville, and so this would give you a good chance to explore Asheville a little bit. Also it's not too far a drive from Asheville to Greenville on major highways. You would also get to drive through Boone, NC, which is a beautiful college town up in the mountains.

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3. Re: Trip from DC to Greenville SC

Thanks to all.

Would it be possible to travel from Washington to Roanoke (including a visit to Monticello) in one day and to take the BRP to Asheville the next day, going on to Greenville that evening?

Thanks again

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4. Re: Trip from DC to Greenville SC

Yes, it would be busy and you'd have to be careful to get early starts and stay on schedule, but it'd be possible. Your days would look like this:

Day 1: Drive 2 hours from D.C. to Charlottesville, budget 3-4 hours to tour Monticello, plan to eat either an early or late lunch before or after Monticello, (Cville has a lot of great restaurants), then drive 2 hours to Roanoke.

Day 2: MapQuest says it's 270 miles to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway from Roanoke to Asheville and that it will take 7 hours. That would mean you're averaging just under 40 miles per hour, which sounds about right, but doesn't include stops. With stops to look at the views along the way, it could easily take a couple hours longer.

Another option would be to stop in Boone, NC for a night. It's a little more than halfway to Asheville and is a beautiful college town in the mountains. That way you'd get to Asheville earlier in the day and would have time to explore the town a little bit. Asheville, like Charlottesville, as many, many great restaurants.

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