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    Hi all,

    My wife and I are planning to drive from NYC to Atlanta.

    Departure: 2nd June evening (plan to stay overnight with friends in Baltimore/DC)
    Arrival: 4th June around 6pm.

    Can anyone please give an idea of the best route to take? We love the scenic views. A little bit of research shows that the choice of routes are:

    1. I-95/I-85
    2. Shenandoah Valley on I-81
    3. Scenic 2-lanes through Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Which would be the best of these three? Pros and cons of each? Would 2 days be enough to stop and take in the views and then drive along?

    Will look forward to hearing! Thanks!!

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    I would do a combination of (2) and (3). The nice thing about Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway is its proximity to I-81, when you have had enough, or you start running into a time crunch, you can jump off over to 81 and press on. The only downside to Skyline/BRP is it's very slow going. There are several ways to get to Atlanta from I-81 - the quickest ones are I-77/I-85, I-26/I-85, and I-40/I-75. I would try to make it at least to Wytheville the first night, it's 400 miles from there to Atlanta via Interstates.

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    Thanks GLC,

    I've decided to do both and will enter Shenandoah and then drive all the way on Skyline Drive and BRP till Roanoke before hitting I-81. Your point about getting back on to I-81 whenever I want to was especially useful:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    I would do a combination of (2) and (3). The nice thing about Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway is its proximity to I-81, when you have had enough, or you start running into a time crunch, you can jump off over to 81 and press on. The only downside to Skyline/BRP is it's very slow going. There are several ways to get to Atlanta from I-81 - the quickest ones are I-77/I-85, I-26/I-85, and I-40/I-75. I would try to make it at least to Wytheville the first night, it's 400 miles from there to Atlanta via Interstates.
    Quick Question....what do I put in my GPS if I need to go on a particular road instead of reaching a particular destination? The GPS always tends to take the interstate!

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    I'd say you'd have 3 options.

    First you can look at your GPSs manual and see if it will let you manually plot a route.

    second, you could enter an intermediate destination that is on the two lane road you want to travel.

    or three (and what I would do), grab your paper map and turn off the GPS. Go where you want to go, and if you need to start making time and/or heading to a specific destination, then turn it back on again.

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    People tend to place way too much reliance on a GPS. It is a device made to help you, not rule your every move! I only use mine to help me get through cities and towns, not lead me down every highway.

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