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Old 07-16-2008, 08:15 PM
 
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Hey folks. Driving with the family back to NY on Friday. With an 8 yr old and a 4 yr old, I like breaking it into 2 days. I will do around 5 hrs Friday and hopefully the same Saturday.

My question is what is a nice halfway point to stop for dinner and stay overnight? I know it probably depends on what route I take. I usually take 95, but I also know 81 is an option. What does experienced drivers think? Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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When our kids were young we used to take 81 -- we would stop in Winchester VA. It is a little more than halfway.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:25 PM
 
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Did you ever see the Lurray Caverns in Virginia? Your children are young but they'll still enjoy it if they haven't already. It's off the 81 route that you'd take up toward PA. Check out their website the caverns are interesting.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:26 PM
 
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Winchester is just about halfway. If you can drive another 90 minutes, Carlisle and Harrisburg have alot bigger hotel selection.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I was born and raised just outside of Carlisle, the drive from CLT there would take you probably 8 or 9 hrs if you go straight up 77 to 81 (About 450 miles) But I think if you just wanna make the first day a long day, you should just go the extra 30 miles to Hershey, PA. Maybe visit Hershey's Chocolate World in the morning which is free plus you can load up on chocolate...I mean chocolate...

This obviously makes the drive Friday longer, if you still have to work then it might not be an option, but on Saturday you could take your time and if it's NYC that you're headed too, it's only another 3 hrs so it could be a shorter maybe more fun day.
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:08 AM
 
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Our family likes the 77 to 81 route. Harrisonburg Va is a great place to stop. It's right off the highway and has a nice selection of hotels and places to eat. We like the scenic drive on 81...... Mountains, and Cows Much nicer, and cheaper than 95
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:10 AM
 
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Oh, forgot to mention- we went up 81 in late June, when gas was $3.99/gal here. Gas in Galax- just after you get on 81 from 77- was $3.72. Usually a good bit cheaper in VA, if you can make it.
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Don't know if this will be on your way, but I always recommend a stop at the Peaks of Otter Lodge outside of Bedford, VA. It's right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Their buffet is awesome!

Welcome to the Peaks of Otter Lodge, Bedford Virginia
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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Second the recommendation for Harrisonburg, VA. James Madison U. is there (~16,000 students), so it has more restaurants & other options than most of the smaller towns.
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I also prefer the 77/81 route. Just did it last weekend, 95 going up and 81 coming home. 81 is so pretty, and there are lots of caverns if you want to stop. 95 just is not pretty, and when we came through Richmond it had a certain smell that stayed with us for miles.
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