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      08-01-2016, 03:45 PM   #1
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Drive recommendations: NYC to ATL

Hi guys,

Time for me to quit the corporate job in NJ and head south to ATL to pursue start-up dreams (). I will be driving my Z4M Roadster down during the last week of August. Moving company is taking care of all the big stuff.

Looking for any recommendations to hit up on the drive down (restaurants, scenic views, TWISTY ROADS, etc.).

I would like to visit the Spartanburg facility and meet the team who was involved on the Z4M project (is this possible? anyone done it)? Also thinking about driving the "Tail of the Dragon".

Any and all comments are welcome!
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      08-01-2016, 03:54 PM   #2
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Congrats on taking the leap! I don't have anything to add regarding your drive, but what business are you starting just out of curiosity?
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      08-01-2016, 03:55 PM   #3
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i've done the drive a few times from ct to fl.. i did these in one shot so didn't really stop anywhere special. be ready to take your radar down for the painfully long stretch of va lol. tail of the dragon is pretty far out of the way.. though if your going to spend a few days doing the drive it is 100% worth it.
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      08-01-2016, 04:04 PM   #4
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Whatever you choose to do, stay the fuck off of I-95 as much as you can.

EDIT: To give some actual recommendations, I'd take I-81 down to avoid traffic headaches since I-95 can be awful. As far as stuff to do, unfortunately I-81 basically goes through bumblefuck nowhere but I can give some ideas as to what to do in the VA portion:

If you want to add some hours to your trip, drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive that runs close to I-81, twisties galore but if you're a fan of Top Gear, you'll know that it has a painfully slow speed limit. It's also heavily patrolled so you can't have too much fun. It's also considered one of the most scenic drives in the country, the views in the fall are absolutely spectacular once the leaves start to change color.

South of Roanoke, VA there's a restaurant called The Homeplace in Catawba, VA. An excellent restaurant that I recommend to anyone who's visiting. There is a fun ass backroad you can continue down that's close to the restaurant (Blacksburg Road) that is full of twisties and pretty empty, just try not to throw up your dinner whole driving down there. You'll eventually wound up in Blacksburg, VA and from there you can hop back on I-81 S via US 460 east.

From there you can hop on I-77 S, head into Charlotte (sure there's lots to do there) then hop on I-85 S and head to Spartansburg, SC and eventually Atlanta.

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      08-01-2016, 04:07 PM   #5
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i've done the drive a few times from ct to fl.. i did these in one shot so didn't really stop anywhere special. be ready to take your radar down for the painfully long stretch of va lol. tail of the dragon is pretty far out of the way.. though if your going to spend a few days doing the drive it is 100% worth it.
I'm giving myself 4 - 5 days for the drive, not in any rush. Need to string together a plan and then map out a route. Most likely going to do Tail of the Dragon!
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      08-01-2016, 04:13 PM   #6
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Was the DelMarVa Peninsula something you thought was interesting or did you plan on using 95 or strattle 95 to the west?

The Parkways by Appalachia I find very appealing, definately out of your way on a western route.

Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Lincoln Highway, I would avoid.

As for food, in Maryland and southern Pennsylvania the peaches and tomatoes even the sweet white corn will be past their prime by last week of August.

Harrisburg PA by Interstate 83 to the Baltimore Beltway is a nice stretch, no high speeds if not familiar but a 70-80mph cruise will be just fine.

Baltimore and Washington both have their large swaths of poverty with gun play so pulling into those cities late at night you need to be aware where your GPS is routing you.

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I'm giving myself 4 - 5 days for the drive, not in any rush. Need to string together a plan and then map out a route. Most likely going to do Tail of the Dragon!
If you wanted to do Tail of the Dragon, then just take my recommendation and instead of hopping on I-85 S from I-77 S in Charlotte, I'd just take I-77 to I-40 W.

From there it's easier to check out nearby Asheville and then Tail of the Dragon. However, as stated it's a bit out of the way from Spartanburg but if you don't mind doing a bit of backtracking then you could fit both in.
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      08-01-2016, 04:32 PM   #8
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Congrats on taking the leap! I don't have anything to add regarding your drive, but what business are you starting just out of curiosity?
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      08-04-2016, 11:26 AM   #9
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You should definitely check out Charleston, if youre single.
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78 to Bridgewater. Pick up 202 South to King of Prussia, PA. Past Prussia pick up 30 West to Lancaster, PA. Check out Intercourse, PA on 340 (little diversion). Take 30 West to Gettysburg. Pick up 15 South to Thurmont, MD. 15 to Frederick and pick up 340 South to Harpers Ferry. 340 to Charlestown (hit the casino). 340 to Luray - hit the caverns and stay at the Mislim Inn. In Luray, VA pick up 211 West to New Market, VA. Pick up 42 South to Harrisonburg eat at the Capital Ale House in downtown H-burg on the old town square. Grab 33 West to Franklin (you'll thank me later). At Franklin, take 220 South to 92 south and hit the Green Bank Radio Observatory. Then 92 South to 39 West to 219 South to Lewisburg. Hit up the Lewisburg Caverns. Stay at the Lewisburg Inn. 219 to Bluefield. 460 to 19 South to 613 to Gate City. 26 South to Kingsport to 411 West to 129 South (Tail of the Dragon). 74 South to 76 to 575 to Atl.
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Some has been said before... I have covered all of these on a motorcycle and loved every second of it:
Skyline drive
Blue Ridge Parkway
Tail of the Dragon
Cherohala Skyway
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Some has been said before... I have covered all of these on a motorcycle and loved every second of it:
Skyline drive
Blue Ridge Parkway
Tail of the Dragon
Cherohala Skyway
Another nod for this.

Also...eat at a Waffle House
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Visit DC museums, then find Blue Ridge Parkway and drive all the way down to Asheville NC. From there go to Atl.
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OP, I live 20 minutes from the Skyline Drive and 45 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway (it starts at Route 250 West of Charlottesville). I've driven both numerous times and have taken the entire Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive from Asheville, NC to Front Royal, VA. These are the most boring roads to drive. Yes they have wonderful views, and some great curves, and are well maintained, but the speed limit is 35 MPH on most of it (and patrolled) making it extremely boring to drive after about an hour. Assuming that your are looking for a decent driving experience based on the statement you are going to the Tail of the Dragon, find the back country roads in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina all of them are excellent driving roads. Find roads that follow rivers or cut between mountain chains (Pennsylvania mostly). I've driven these roads in this area of the country extensively for the past 20 years on both motorcycles and in sport cars, trust me, taking the BRP and Skyline Drive are the least fun to drive. Route 219 (MD/WV) or Route 220 (VA/WV) are really excellent roads to drive. Route 28/33 at Senca Rocks back over to RT 220 is one of my favorite sections to drive.
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Wow guys, thanks a lot for all the fantastic recommendations! Just confirmed who my co-pilot is going to be . Will be working with him to finalize the route. I will keep this group updated!
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I made it to Atlanta at 11pm on 29th, still reeling from the epic-ness of that road trip!

My co-pilot had to unexpectedly travel a week before the drive, so I ended up doing it solo. I'm going to post a detailed description of the drive when I get some time to breathe (in the middle of moving in, etc.)

1,164 miles, 3 full days of driving. ~70 miles was on interstates, everything else was small highways and back country roads. HUGE shoutout to Efthreeoh for the recommendations. I used that route as a guideline and figured out the rest as I went on. Tried to use Google Maps as little as possible and that allowed me to discover some beautiful roads.

55mph back country roads are my new favorite thing
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