Road Trip: NJ to Savannah on the back roads

Old Mar 3rd, 2003, 07:59 AM
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Road Trip: NJ to Savannah on the back roads

What do you think about this route:

Drive to Cape May;
Cape May to Lewes by ferry;
Drive south to Virginia Beach;
Continue thru Cape Hatteras (Route 12);
Continue south thru Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Savannah;
Savannah to Atlanta;
Back home via I85/I95.

Would this be worth doing over, say a 9 day period? Not looking for anything specific, just a general overview of a lot of places I normally wouldn't visit.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2003, 09:23 AM
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I've taken the Lewes Ferry from NJ to Delaware. The newer ones are really nice.

To answer your question, I guess it depends upon the time of year you are contemplating going. Last week in May, first week in June would be delightful.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2003, 12:42 PM
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al, unless you are planning to spend the night in Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston, I would skip driving Highway 17 South and drive directly down to Savannah on I95. The drive through North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach is a pain. If you take the new Carolina Bays Parkway through this area, you will skip a lot of the conjestion but the drive doesn't get scenic until you hit Murrells Inlet.
Old Mar 3rd, 2003, 02:21 PM
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If your trip back is just a straight shot to return rather than stops at various sites... consider looking at the possibility of a return on Rt 81. Even if you add an hour or so to reach Rt 81 from your location in the south and then have to drive a couple hours east agin to get back to north or central NJ at end of trip, it may be well worth while. Rt 95 is a major hassle going through the entire Wash DC, VA area and at a number of points further south - frequent delays and tie-ups.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2003, 05:38 PM
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Not sure what GoTravel means exactly, but I would never recommend skipping Wilmington or Charleston, although I agree Myrtle Beach traffic isn't pleasant depending on the time of year. Wilmington and Charleston are both gems and I'd skip Virginia Beach before I'd skip them.
Old Mar 3rd, 2003, 07:31 PM
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What state's license plates do you have?

You'll probably get pulled over a few times with NY, NJ, PA, MA, CT, VT, NH, or ME plates.

Stay on the highway. Don't speed. You will be going through a few towns where they think the Civil War is still in progress.

Check this out....
Sheriff Billy Joe Jim Bob hiding out behind the billboard with his Dodge Charger police car waiting for a Yankee....
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Old Mar 4th, 2003, 12:33 PM
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Cassandra, what I was trying to write was skip Myrtle Beach because of traffic conjestion. Wilmington, Charleston, and Beaufort are very much worth a visit on your way to Savannah.
Old Mar 4th, 2003, 12:47 PM
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The Highway 17 Bypass is not bad through North Myrtle and Myrtle Beach. We have a place in Litchfield (just below Murrell's Inlet) and drove to Wilmington in 1 1/2 hours. The I95 route is just plain awful--and quite far inland--over an hour to MB from the Florence exit.
I think the route sounds interesting.
Oh, however--DO NOT speed on 17 from Georgetown to Charleston. It is a wonderful 4 lane highway and is heavily patrolled. Have a great time.
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