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coastal south trip

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coastal south trip

Leaving tomm for a Southern coastal trip. We r from Md n would love to see some coastal towns or places surrounded by water. Hitting SC n heading back along NC. Any routes to take besides all 95.

Any suggestions on different places. Thx

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1. Re: coastal south trip

Two routes to consider. You didn't say how much time you plan to take--do you plan to stop for the night, or is this all in one day? If it's just one day, then option 2 won't work for you. And option 1, although doable in one day, would be much better if you have at least 2 days to allow time for stops along the way:

1) Take US 17 up the "inner coast". You'll go through Wilmington, New Bern, "little" Washington, Edenton, Hertford, etc., all of which are worthy stops. As an option you could take US 264 through Belhaven to the Outer Banks through Manteo, Nags Head, etc., and take US 158/NC 168 back to the Norfolk area. This would add quite a bit of time, though.

2) Take the Outer Banks route: US 17 to Jacksonville, then US 70 through Beaufort to Cedar Island where you'll get on the ferry to Ocracoke. From there take the ferry to Hatteras, then follow NC 12 up the Outer Banks. Then pick up US 158 into Virginia as described above. This route would require an overnight stay (ideally in Ocracoke), as the ferry time alone will take about 4 hours. You can google "NC ferry routes" for information and schedules.

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2. Re: coastal south trip

You beat me to it, arby. For kicks, I'll throw in the possibility of branching off of US-17 on NC-24 towards Morehead City. That would give the additional option of hitting NC-58 through Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach. Another idea is hitting US-13 near Virginia Beach and using the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel to the outer peninsula of Virginia. You could take it all the way up to Maryland and split off on US-50 near Salisbury back to Baltimore.

Edited: 30 May 2014, 15:58
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