U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Maine
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 06-07-2011, 01:56 PM
 
131 posts, read 386,974 times
Reputation: 76

Advertisements

So I have been doing a little investigating on our upcoming road trip from Bangor to the Outer Banks for a family vacation. Has anyone made this trip? Any route advice out there? Sounds like I should avoid DC and take 13 over the Chesapeake and suck up the expensive tolls.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 06-07-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
15,062 posts, read 13,491,823 times
Reputation: 9654
I'd take 95 to 495 around Boston, I90 to I84, west to I-81 at Scranton, S on I-81 to NC and find a route to the Outer Banks. This avoids most of the big cities and most of the toll roads (except for the Maine Turnpike).

Last edited by mensaguy; 06-07-2011 at 02:06 PM.. Reason: Grammar
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-07-2011, 02:14 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
32,453 posts, read 75,383,459 times
Reputation: 40131
drive? why drive when you can float?

BW BARGE & CRANE SERVICE
MURRAY HADDAK ROAD
ROCKWOOD, ME 04478
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-07-2011, 02:15 PM
 
131 posts, read 386,974 times
Reputation: 76
Interesting route. According to google it will add 2 hours, but may be worth it to avoid the big cities?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-07-2011, 02:21 PM
 
131 posts, read 386,974 times
Reputation: 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrRational View Post
drive? why drive when you can float?

BW BARGE & CRANE SERVICE
MURRAY HADDAK ROAD
ROCKWOOD, ME 04478
How much and when do you depart?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-07-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
3,036 posts, read 5,498,241 times
Reputation: 2170
Quote:
Originally Posted by ekh32 View Post
Interesting route. According to google it will add 2 hours, but may be worth it to avoid the big cities?
That way may add 2 hours but DC (either way you go) will ad at least that. And then you get to Baltimore. Trust Mensa; and I only say that as that is the way i go to SC each year.

Also check out the caverns through Virginia.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-07-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
7,395 posts, read 12,453,679 times
Reputation: 5434
Agreed! We drove to Parris Island for graduation last April with that route. It's gorgeous and beats struggling with the traffic with most of the other ones you'll find. Lots of trucks around WV, but nothing like you get around NYC. I've driven that route (NYC) on the way to DC about ten years ago, and there's no comparison.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-07-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
3,413 posts, read 6,635,705 times
Reputation: 3889
Tolls aren't that bad, and the bridge over the Chesapeake is worth it. After all, how many times do you get to do it?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-07-2011, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
10,264 posts, read 17,065,945 times
Reputation: 10941
I agree completely with mensaguy. I don't think it will add time and it is definitely safer.

-break-

My only stop on the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel was in a helicopter with an engine failure. We barely made it to the island running the helicopter on prime. It was that or swim.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-08-2011, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Downeast
827 posts, read 884,725 times
Reputation: 884
You could hop off 81 in Charlottesville Virginia, take 29 south to Danville (beautiful country BTW), get on 58(skirts the VA/NC border) and take it over to the coast and make yer way to the 'Banks form Eastern Virginia. When I come Nawth from NC, I go that way in reverse 29 to 81, 81 -84 in PA, 84-90 (Hartford CT traffic sux), then 90 to 128 to Maine! Gonna do it in a month whoo-ho!

Not to discourage you but the 'Banks ain't what it once was. It is a strip mall from one end to the other populated by New Yorkers and Ohioans. If I go there, I go in the winter as it is less crowded. The kids will have a blast on the beaches though. Make sure they see the wild ponies near Ocracoke. When my kids were young they loved to see them.

Wild Ponies on the Outer Banks - Outer Banks and the Northern Coast - North Carolina Travel & Tourism (http://www.visitnc.com/journeys/articles/outer-banks-northern-coast-1/2/wild-ponies-on-the-outer-banks - broken link)

Ocracoke is also where Black Beard the pirate once dwelled and his treasure is rumored to be buried.
Teach's Hole - Pirate Specialty Shop & Blackbeard Exhibit, Ocracoke Island, Outer Banks Of North Carolina, Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Have fun!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
>
Powered by Foreclosure.com
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Maine
View detailed profiles of:

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2022, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top