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Old 09-05-2014, 11:55 AM
 
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I'm planning to drive from VA to GA later this month. Driving through NC and SC on Interstate 85 is grueling. Does anyone know of a good online trip planner that can find a better route. I'd like to stick with major state routes but avoid I85 as much as possible. I've tried MapQuest and Rand McNally. They don't have enough detail to map the route. Maybe my best bet is getting good state maps?
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Old 09-05-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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On Google Maps, you can specify "avoid highways."
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Old 09-05-2014, 04:19 PM
 
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On Google Maps, you can specify "avoid highways."
You can also do that on Mapquest and it's not specific enough. It avoids state routes as well.
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Old 09-05-2014, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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+1 on GOOG Maps...
easy to move/drag route around and refresh seeing drive times/miles etc.

A quick net search shows several other road planner sites; no experience with them:
Driving Route Planner - Driving distance optimizer

And, this one which is a series of sightseeing sections, links and forums full of 'how to drive from Toledo to Philly', etc.
RoadTrip America - Road Trip Planning for North America

We live in western NC and go NE to NJ/NY, and south through GA to FL, regularly.
If you want my 50Cts opin on a different non-I 85 route, let me know. Your starting city and destination would help.
GL, mD
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Old 09-05-2014, 05:33 PM
 
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+1 on GOOG Maps...
easy to move/drag route around and refresh seeing drive times/miles etc.

A quick net search shows several other road planner sites; no experience with them:
Driving Route Planner - Driving distance optimizer

And, this one which is a series of sightseeing sections, links and forums full of 'how to drive from Toledo to Philly', etc.
RoadTrip America - Road Trip Planning for North America

We live in western NC and go NE to NJ/NY, and south through GA to FL, regularly.
If you want my 50Cts opin on a different non-I 85 route, let me know. Your starting city and destination would help.
GL, mD
Richmond, VA to Commerce, GA. Any info on avoiding I85 would be appreciated. I did order an NC state map but don't have it yet.
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Old 09-05-2014, 05:55 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I'm planning to drive from VA to GA later this month.
Maybe my best bet is getting good state maps?
Visit Walmart and spend $5 on the latest Road Atlas book.

Even if you ALSO do the google or other online variant...
there is NO SUBSTITUTION for the atlas.
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Jakeaolpe,
A quick fiddle on GOOG Maps produces no I-85, but a good distance on I-40 west, and then our route down through western NC into GA and Commerce, GA specifically for you.

A 'standard' route via I-85 is ~ 470 miles and 7 hrs.

The non-I85 route I concocted is 520 miles, and another couple hours.

The GOOG link has a couple of glitches in the route line, as my drag to change route finger wasn't working like it should.

I suspect you won't like the extra couple of hours, but it completely avoids I-85.
GL, mD

https://goo.gl/maps/K17NA
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:32 AM
 
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Jakeaolpe,
A quick fiddle on GOOG Maps produces no I-85, but a good distance on I-40 west, and then our route down through western NC into GA and Commerce, GA specifically for you.

A 'standard' route via I-85 is ~ 470 miles and 7 hrs.

The non-I85 route I concocted is 520 miles, and another couple hours.

The GOOG link has a couple of glitches in the route line, as my drag to change route finger wasn't working like it should.

I suspect you won't like the extra couple of hours, but it completely avoids I-85.
GL, mD

https://goo.gl/maps/K17NA

Thanks Motordavid. This does give me some ideas. The drive through NC on I85 is grueling, but there really doesn't seem to be much of an alternative unless time doesn't matter. Sadly, I think I'm stuck with I85.
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