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Old 01-21-2015, 09:02 PM   #1
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Route suggestion Cincinnati to Outer Banks NC

Planning a trip to the Outer Banks in the spring with our MH, would appreciate route suggestions.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:49 PM   #2
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I would do I-75 to I-64 to I-77 to Rt 52 to I-40 to Rt 64. This takes you over to West Va, to Wytheville, VA, down the mountain to North Carolina, then across to Raleigh, then to Rocky Mount, NC and on toward Manteo and Nags Head. I didn't know exactly where you were going in the Outer Banks.

We did this route from our home in SW Virginia to Nags Head in a 24-passenger bus, pulling a 12 ft trailer a couple of years ago. It was fine, except there is usually lots of traffic going UP the mountain from NC into VA on I-77. Usually southbound is okay.

The other routes take you up I-81 with all the heavy truck traffic and then on through Richmond, VA and then into the Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Portsmouth area and the traffic around there can be horrendous. The other is just my preference and others may have a different opinion.
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:53 PM   #3
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Been both routes

I've been both routes but without an RV. I live in Cincinnati and have a seasonal spot at Steamboat Bend.

We made the decision to go back to OBX this winter and have rented a house in KDH that we have been visiting off and on for 15 years.

I regularly travel I-77 and there are times when truck traffic is extremely heavy on the WV Turnpike but if you take your time and don't try to run with the big dogs you will do fine. I-81 is the same, stay in the right lane and maintain your pace.

Traffic will be heavier towards the coast if you go the northern route on I-64 but the scenery is great once you turn south along the coast on Rt. 168. This brings you in on the north end of OBX near Southern Shores.

The southern route across NC will be busy around major cities (Greensborough, Raleigh) but once you get on Rt. 64 it is good 2 lane all the way.

I expect we will check out some campgrounds during our June vacation on OBX. The one in Rodanthe looked good on line. It's a long haul from Cincinnati, especially with a 39' fiver so we would likely break it up into a 2 or 3 day trip to get there. I'll be happy to answer any questions.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:51 AM   #4
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We live in the Dayton area and usually travel down 35 and get on the turnpike I-77. We have never had any traffic or travel issues. Safe travels
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