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Old 02-23-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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Default Best route to Winston Salem

I will be traveling from Northern VA to Winston Salem. Mapquest gives me two options from I81. Option one is to take 220 South from Roanoke. Option two is to take I77/I74 to 52. The second option is longer mileage wise but about the same time wise. Any thoughts on which is better? Thanks!
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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Straight-shot highway with speed limits up to 70 on I-77, and 4-lane divided highway with some areas that go through towns and have stoplights or lower speed limits on 220. Both have lovely scenery along the way.

So if the time is about the same to reach your destination, it comes down to your preference: break up the drive & see more of the towns you're passing through, or power through on the highway.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:03 PM
 
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Thanks for the quick reply. Are both equally mountainous?
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:39 PM
 
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Lots of mountains...
I would do I-81 to Roanoke, 220So to signs to Winston Salem.
If I81 gets backed up by tractor trailer accidents, there is a parallel highway,
US RT. 11 to Roanoke, fyi.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:46 PM
 
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Is 220 less mountainous than I81?
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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Yes, US 220s is coming out of the mountains into the Piedmont area of NC, southern VA. Once you leave Roanoke the road is quite winding but it is a 4 lane divided highway and the speed limit is strictly enforced. Be careful around
the town of Boones Mill. It has one police officer I believe who has nothing to do but pull people over, like Barney Fife.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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220 between Roanoke and Bassett, VA can me scary IMO, especially at night. There are a lot roller coaster hills with blind curves. Also, because it's not an interstate, there are many driveways and intersections on it where cars can pull out in front of you. I much prefer interstate driving. 220 South in North Carolina is a much better drive and is near interstate standards. Also be aware that the if you take 220 you will eventually have to turn onto another highway that is only 2 lanes. You could get stuck behind someone driving slow. Though I hardly drive from Roanoke to Winston Salem, I would try I 77 because interstates are superior roads.
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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I agree there are better roads than US220 in VA. NC has superior roads!!
The only problem with the interstate is that stretch of I-81/I-77 over Fancy Gap Mtn around Wytheville that scares my relatives from PA to death when they drive to FL!!
They insisted they would never travel on that interstate again!!
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:25 AM
 
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If it's round trip, do both and see more of the country. Go via 77 and return via 220. The view from the top of Fancy Gap on 77 and the trip down is amazing. As soon as the grade levels out there's a sign "Welcome to North Carolina."
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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While it is a long - 7 mile - steep down hill (there are 4 runaway truck emergency ramps) on I-77 it's a good road and a fabulous view. Except in heavy fog, which it does get from time to time.

Depending on your mood and available time if you wanted a break from interstate driving you could get off I-81 at Exit 114, head south 22 miles to the town of Floyd and it's one traffic light, stop for lunch at Oddfella's Cantina, then hang a right at the light and go about 20 miles and meet up with I-77.

Casual, gourmet comfort food with an Appalachian Latino twist! | Oddfellas: A Floyd Tradition (http://oddfellascantina.com/cont/node/1 - broken link)

Haven't used the other route so can't say what it's like.

I hope you have a nice trip.
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