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  1. Default Norfolk, Virginia to Atlanta and back

    Hi everyone
    Hoping someone out there might be able to give us some ideas for a road trip we're planning.
    We're flying to Norfolk, Virginia in the second week of September, staying there for a couple of days with relatives before driving to Atlanta to visit friends for a few days, then driving back to Norfolk.
    We'd like to spend a least a couple of days (or more) on each journey and visit some sights.
    Could anyone give us an idea of places worth dropping in on.

    We did Boston to Norfolk back in 2001 and drove along the Apalatians which was a great trip.

    Keen to visit towns with character, and learn a bit more about the American way of life, as well as see the sites.

    Any help appreciated.

    All the best

    (PS, I know the distance isn't exactly massive, but remember we're from lil old england! and we'd rather do a wobbly route with lots of diversions rather than try for a couple of thousand mile point to point!)

    BTW loved Boston and Washington which we've done on previous visits - too really great cities

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    Default Take the time

    Quote Originally Posted by ukvisitor View Post
    I know the distance isn't exactly massive, but remember we're from lil old england! and we'd rather do a wobbly route with lots of diversions rather than try for a couple of thousand mile point to point!
    That is very true, it is "only" about 600 miles. This, of course, makes it ideal to split up into a two- or three-day trip. Weather-permitting, you could even fit in a side trip to spend a day on Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, spending the day at the beach if you were so inclined. You could fit in Smoky Mountains National Park - the way I would go about that is to drive along the Southern tier of Virginia along US-58. This should bring you through the types of towns which you seek - US highways are especially good for that.

    US-58 will probably have more traffic than some routes, only because there is no direct local Interstate replacement for this highway. That would indicate to me there is more than a fair chance that the towns through which you pass will still be quite lively. I cannot say for sure - it is a highway that I have yet to experience.

    You can stay on this highway all the way to I-81 and then into the park itself.

    From there, you have several options of how to get into Atlanta. At the moment, I haven't got a recommendation on the return route.

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