Driving from DC to Nags Head

Jul 22nd, 2009, 07:57 PM
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Driving from DC to Nags Head

First time drive from DC to the Outer Banks. Have heard a few ideas on best route (least traffic). Any suggestions?

Either from Richmond taking I-64E to Norfolk and connecting to VA-168S to NC-158S straight into Nags Head


Taking I-95S to Rocky Mount and then going NC-64E straight into the Outer Banks.

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Jul 22nd, 2009, 07:58 PM
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Should have mentioned that we are coming in on a Sunday or Monday in August.
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Jul 23rd, 2009, 04:02 AM
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I wouldn;t go all the way to Rocky Mount, for certain

Some people will tell you to travel south until you hit US 460 and take that into the Norfolk area. Beware the speed traps on that route.

Another way would be to cross over into Maryland and take 301 south to 17 south and either pick up 64 East or continue further and then eventually join 168 south

If you do go into Hampton on I-64 E then take I-664 as opposed to staying on I-64...the former is in much better shape, pavement-wise, than I-64 through Norfolk.

Chesapeake Expressway is definitely worth the toll on 168 south as opposed to using Battlefield Boulevard.

Depending on the time of day if you go down ON SUNDAY, you may very well find traffic backed up this side of the Wright Memorial Bridge into Kitty Hawk since Sunday is one of the cottage changeover days; many will recommend crossing that BEFORE 10 AM and planning to spend a day at the beach until your accommodations are available.

Monday might be a better driving day for you.
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Jul 23rd, 2009, 04:45 AM
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95 to 64 East in North Carolina is the best way to go by far.
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Jul 23rd, 2009, 05:32 AM
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Monday is a better travel day than Sunday. But as Dukey said, Sunday is fine if you time it right. I would leave DC as early as practical.

The first route you mentioned is the most direct. I wouldn't consider the Rocky Mt. trip, or quite frankly any of the other routes mentioned, unless there was some catastrophic delay.

As you pass Williamsburg on I64 east, check traffic reports or call VDOT's 511 on your cell for the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. If it's clear or if there is some congestion (up to 3 miles) stay on I64. It should take you about 15 min or less to clear the slow traffic. But if there is bigger backup or an accident at/near the HRBT, bail off of I64 E at Exit 264, I664 to the Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnel.

I'm not sure what Dukey is referring to about the pavement on I64.
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