Originally Posted by Charlottean
They can also take the 485 to 85 route which will bring you in on 321. This is the way we go and our trip time to Banner Elk is about 1 hour 45 minutes.
Try doing that on a Friday afternoon
The problem is actually getting down I85 to the 321 exit. Yes, when things go well you can make it, but every time I have had to do it there is some accident that has us sitting for awhile burning our daylight
Suffice it to say, there is HEAVY traffic going toward Gastonia, but especially on a Friday afternoon. If you already live north of Charlotte, say in Davidson or Mooresville even, getting up I77 to take 421 is much easier - plus it's a better less congested drive to Boone (though I do love 321 for the windy, twisty mountain road!!)
And where are you getting on I485 that you can be in Banner Elk in under 2 hours???? From south Charlotte Boone alone is 2 hours.