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  1. Default Leesburg VA to Nashville TN - I-81

    Hello all,

    So I am planning a roadtrip from Leesburg VA to Nashville TN to pick up a friend of mine. It looks like I will be taking I-81 through all of VA and TN and I was wondering:

    1. What are some of the best places to stop and eat?
    2. Is there anywhere along that trip that is a must stop and see?

    I am already looking at a 10 hour drive straight through so I figure a couple of breaks along the way will certainly help out!

    Thanks in advance for your advice!

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Good News / Bad News

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    I'll give you the bad news first. Leesburg to Nashville is much more likely to take you 11 to 12 hours than 10. Even the on-line mapping software sites, notoriously optimistic when it comes to driving times, say 10 and a half hours. If you must make this drive in one day, I would not plan on stopping to see anything along the way. The good news is that I-81/I-40 is one of the more scenic stretches of Interstate and there are places on route that will offer more than exit-ramp fast food joints. I think you should try to get an early start, having already had breakfast. Then either Roanoke, a fairly large city with good access from the Interstate, or Blacksburg, a college town less than 10 miles off it, would offer many good choices for a mid-day lunch break. Dinner would then be around Knoxville, and might make a good excuse to sit out any evening rush hour, leaving you a few more hours to get to Nashville and the end of your 650 mile drive.


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