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Old 04-26-2015, 08:54 AM   #1
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Traveling thru Virginia, Rt 11 or 29

We will be traveling thru Virginia in June and try to avoid Interstates as much as possible. We wondered if anyone has traveled down Rt 11 which parallels I-81? Also considering using Rt 29 and would appreciate info and or advice about either or other options.
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:23 AM   #2
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Both are good choices and are a couple of our favorite drives.

If you have time for a journey (at 45mph) get on the Blue Ridge Parkway for at least part of your trip.

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Route 29 is a good road and usually not too heavily traveled EXPECT HEAVY trafic at Charlottesville and approaching DC. Rt 11 at some places uses I81, un-avoidable. I 81 is heavly traveled, many trucks, but it is one of the most beautiful Interstate Routes, while in VA, in the nation. Rt. 11 will take you through some nice little towns and you can avoid the bigger ones by going back on I81.
Don't miss the Blue Ridge Parkway (esp Mabry's Mill, good campground nearby). Go as slowly as you can plan time to do so. There is so much to see and do in this part of VA. I lived there for more than 35 years and never tired of being a tourist. Enjoy!!
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It depends on what your interest and time restraints are.

Rte 11 has a lot of stop lights, small towns, and antique shops.

Rte 81 is beautiful and fast, and you can jump off to 11 whenever you feel like it.

Blue Ridge parkway is hilly but very scenic.

If you like country/bluegrass music, you might want to research The Crooked Heritage Trail. ( It has it's own webpage ) Many music spots, in the form of museums, jam sessions, and a few country dance halls. I have friends who also think of it as a scenic romantic getaway.

I have no knowledge about 29

You can't really go wrong in Virginia, but I will say this….There are a few very long, steep roads going from Shenendoah Valley up to the Blue Ridge mountains
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We will be traveling thru Virginia in June and try to avoid Interstates as much as possible. We wondered if anyone has traveled down Rt 11 which parallels I-81? Also considering using Rt 29 and would appreciate info and or advice about either or other options.
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I have traveled all three roads. If I had a choice between the three roads you mentioned, no question I would travel US-29 before the other two. Though, it depends on your purpose of being there, your start point and destination, and if you will be towing or not, to determine which road suits your needs. Are you traveling north to south or south to north? Do you have leisurely time, or a need for speed?

I often use US-29 when I go from NC to DC.
I traveled a good portion of it last weekend!

Charlottesville can have pretty heavy stop and go traffic at times (weekend ball games and rush hour), but generally it's not to bad. If you travel as far south as Greensboro, NC there is a merge (US-29 merges with Business I-85, I-40, US-421, and US-70 where 29 crosses over three lanes in a short distance to exit left) that can be pretty bad during rush hour traffic, difficult if you are towing. If you decide to go that way, PM me and I will tell you how to avoid the worse part of it.

If I am towing, I avoid I-81 when I can because of the heavy traffic and quantity of semi-trucks. Most of the time traffic is going 75-80 mph.
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Any opinions on Rt 15.....similar to US29 or not
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I use US29, and will do so tomorrow on my way to SC.
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11 vs 29

I've lived in Virginia since 1967 including years on both 11 and 29. 11 passing through the Shenandoah Valley is a good deal quieter and more scenic. Visit Lexington with several attractions, Natural Bridge, Staunton with Pres Wilson's birthplace, Patsy Clines home and grave near Winchester, Luray Caverns, and Civil Wat battlefield at New Market. God's Country.
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US 11 or US 29

Depending on where you are starting from and final destination..
Out of the Northeast I run I-81 to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. then US-29 to US-11 to US 11/US 15 then US-15 to Warrenton, Va. then US-29. If you're heading to Florida I get off onto US-52 near Spencer, N.C. to I-95 at Darlington, S.C. From there you have Several "Blue Road" choices.. US 1 US 17 or stay on 95.
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Forgot to mention that there's an excellent Airstream only campground south of Roanoke in Copper Hill. CDF
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An alternative to I-81 or US 11 is US 340 coming up through the Shenandoah Valley. Pretty drive! But if you've got the time to see and enjoy the sights, definitely take the Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive!
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