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  1. Default driving from New York to Savannah

    We are a british couple coming to the USA for three weeks in August. We have return flights to NewYork (paid for with air miles!)
    We have had many driving holidays in the USA before. This year we plan on driving from New York to Savannah. Our plan is as follows and we would very much appreciate and comments or advice. We are both in our mid 50's. We aren't to keen on big tourist resorts and unusually for British people are quite interested in American history! Its not taught in British schools
    OK heres our plan
    arrive New York
    New Jersey state fair (went to Ohio state fair and loved it!) 2 days
    Philadelphia 2 days
    Assateague MD 2 days
    Ocracoke Island 2 days
    Wilmington 2 days
    Charleston 3 days
    Savannah 3 days
    Augusta 2 days (its cheaper to fly back to New York from here)
    New York 3 days.

    Paul & Lesley

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    What's the name of the NJ state fair you're going to? Perhaps I can tell you some things to do around that area since I'm from NJ. Also, what would you like to do in NYC? Something to do with American History?

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    Default A few items to keep in mind.......

    Hello Paul and Lesley,

    It appears you're planning a nice and enjoyable trip. Here are a few tidbits to bear in mind as you complete your plans:

    The Chincoteague/Assateague area gets quite crowded on summer weekends, and summer weekdays see crowds, too. Best to plan your pass-by there for weekdays if at all possible. Not far south of there you should be able to do a day-trip on a passenger ferry to Tangier Island, a speck of inhabited sandbar in the Chesepeake Bay, where Elizabethan English of a sort is still the native dialect.

    On the south side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, First Landings State Park lies but 5 miles from the CBBT and marks the very place the settlers of James Town first landed in Virginia.

    It's a fairly long day of travel between Chincoteague/Assateague to Ocracoke, moreso if you get tangled up in the Tidewater (Norfolk, Va Beach, Chesapeake) afternoon rush hour, which mind you begins around 3pm when the day shift at the shipyards ends). Traffic is heavy along the US 158 bypass from Southern Shores through South Nags Head, too. In addition, you very much want to avoid traveling that leg of the trip on a Saturday or Sunday, as each is a "change day" for weeklong vacation home rentals along the Outer Banks, placing both incoming Northerners and outgoing vacationers on the roadways between Tidewater and the Banks, making for legendary traffic tie-ups.

    I don't recall the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry taking reservations, but there again, plan for summertime delays there, particularly on a weekend day.

    Listen closely to the speech of the locals in the Buxton/Hatteras/Ocracoke/Cedar Island area. Elizabethan English still spoken there.

    By all means, book a reservation on the Ocracoke-Cedar Island ferry (or the ferry to Swanquarter, for that matter), as you leave Ocracoke. These fill up quickly with non-reserved spots being rare.

    You can round out your "ferry tour" of NC's coast with the Fort Fisher-Southport ferry over the Cape Fear River estuary below Wilmington.

    You'll prefer your pass-by of the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach to be midweek, as weekends there are similar to the Outer Banks with legions of vacationers arriving and departing, clogging up the US 17 bypass terribly.

    The Outer Banks trip can include the obvious stop at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at Buxton as well as the US Lifesaving Service memorial/museum up in Salvo (or is it Waves or Rodanthe? No matter, they're next door to one another). You'll want to visit the British Cemetary on Ocracoke, a small patch of British soil where the remains of 4 naval personnel killed by a torpedo attack just offshore in 1942 are interred. A very well restored Fort Macon still guards the inlet at Beaufort (pronounced "Bo-fort", as contrasted with South Carolina's pronunciation of "Byu-fort" for its burg of the same spelling, near Charleston). At Wilmington is the WWII battleship USS North Carolina, saved from the scrapyard in the 1960s in part by a fundraising drive on the part of schoolchildren in the state, who brought loose change (coins) to school daily as contributions. Much in the way of antebellum + Civil War "Port City" history is found in Wilmington, too. Fort Fisher has a nice museum and a bit of the earthen breastworks which comprised the fort.

    Realizing you're passing through during the highest of the high season vacation time, and planning parts of your trip accordingly, will make for an enjoyable excursion. Bring your hot-weather attire, as you can expect daytime highs well into the 90s with high humidity, particularly below Ocracoke, where you lose the influence of the Labrador Current.


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