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Old 08-21-2011, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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I might be driving from Raleigh, NC to St. Louis, MO in a few months to visit some family. I'm wondering about the best way to get there. Before even looking for directions, I assumed the best way was to go down I-40 until you get to Nashville, then proceed NW to St. Louis. However, googlemaps is showing the fastest way is to go through VA, WV, KY, IN, and IL. Although this way is less miles, it is only about 15 minutes quicker than using I-40. Won't the mountains off I-40 in TN be less severe than mountains in WV? Also, WV has tolls which might add a few minutes to the trip.

I haven't decided if I am going to break the trip up into two days. I'll have my parents in the car so we can switch off driving.

Has anyone ever driven from NC to MO before?
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:06 AM
 
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Mattawest, my humble opinion is that the VA/WV/KY/IN/IL is slightly more scenic than I-40 thru TN, especially in VA/WV. Yes, it's hillier. But not so much that it'll make a big difference in your driving. My other preference would be that Lexington & Louisville, KY are slightly easier to get thru than Knoxville & Nashville are. If you do decide on the WV Turnpike, the Tamarack rest area/service plaza in Beckly, WV. is worth a stop. Although the goods for sale in the Crafts building atop the hill behind the building with the food court can be pricey, we really liked the food service. The Greenbriar Hotel provides, IMHO, some delicious alternatives to the fast food below and for no more money, we found.

Have a great trip!
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I might be driving from Raleigh, NC to St. Louis, MO in a few months to visit some family. I'm wondering about the best way to get there. Before even looking for directions, I assumed the best way was to go down I-40 until you get to Nashville, then proceed NW to St. Louis. However, googlemaps is showing the fastest way is to go through VA, WV, KY, IN, and IL. Although this way is less miles, it is only about 15 minutes quicker than using I-40. Won't the mountains off I-40 in TN be less severe than mountains in WV? Also, WV has tolls which might add a few minutes to the trip.

I haven't decided if I am going to break the trip up into two days. I'll have my parents in the car so we can switch off driving.

Has anyone ever driven from NC to MO before?

The I-40 route is your best bet. I don't know why Google would recommend going up I-77 to I-64, but that's why I don't ask computers for directions. It doesn't know it all.
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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The I-40 route is your best bet. I don't know why Google would recommend going up I-77 to I-64, but that's why I don't ask computers for directions. It doesn't know it all.
Agreed; I-40 really is the shorter route. Perhaps I-40's famous rock slides (and resulting road closures) in NC's Gorge area played into their thinking at Googlemaps...
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