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  1. Default road trip from Michigan to South Carolina need help planning

    We are planning to drive from Southern Michigan to South Carolina. Currently I think we will take I77 through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. We are looking for nice areas to see along the way and spend a night or two.I would love any suggestions as I have never been to any of these States.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default The best way to start planning.

    Here is a post which may help answer most of your questions. It was posted recently by one of the senior members of this forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck
    Start with maps. Not GPS, not software, not Google, but real honest-to-god paper maps that show you your entire route, that you can mark up (and erase), that you can stick pins in, and that show something about the land you'll be driving through. Those are your essential tool in any RoadTrip planning process. Start by marking all the places you know you want to visit. Then connect the dots. Then look for more places of interest and scenic routes and along the lines connecting the dots. Repeat until you've got as many sites and roads as you think you want.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default For Example...

    Depending on your own interests, some of the more noteworthy (not necessarily the 'best' as that differs with each person) attractions more or less on your route include:

    Enjoying the non-Interstate roads you're likely to be driving in Ohio such as US-23 from Findlay down through the Columbus area to Chillicothe and then US-35 to Charleston where you finally get on I-77. Non-Interstates are not necessarily bad roads, those two in Ohio are mostly four lanes and divided and so let you make almost as good time while still letting you sample some of the small towns along the way. Another good place to take a small detour of the Interstates would be in southern West Virginia where US-60 east from Cabin Creek to Lewisburg goes through the New River Gorge, and US-219 is a scenic route back to I-77. Then in southwestern Virginia there's Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, another scenic area worth exploring. If history or living museums are your thing then by all means stop in Winston-Salem at Old Salem. Finally, while in South Carolina be sure to check out one of the newer and less-visited national parks, Congaree Swamp National Park.

    Seeing any or all of that takes time of course, and while you could make the drive to central South Carolina in a day and a half (depending on your exact starting and ending points) taking a full two days, or even three, would prove more rewarding.


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