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Go by way of Beckley or 219

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Go by way of Beckley or 219

Hi: We're heading from Durham, NC to Niagara Falls. We want to go a scenic route but can only spend one night. Don't know if we should go the Beckley route or Highway 219 and cross over on Highway 33 to the interstate. I may not be thinking the most scenic route. We're totally open to any other ideas. Also would like suggestions on where to spend the night and eat if possible. Thanks alot.

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Any Beach
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for Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, West Virginia
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1. Re: Go by way of Beckley or 219

I don't know 219 or 33 (there is a 33 that goes into Ohio, you don't want that) But...you could get on I-77 to Beckley, then Rt. 19 North...and head toward Pittsburgh and straight up that way. Or....head toward Richmond, Va and up that way. Either way looks the same distance. Beckley is only about 5 hours from you and you would have about 8 more hours of drving ahead of you if you stopped there. Lots of hotel/resturant options.

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2. Re: Go by way of Beckley or 219

Rt. 219 is a beautiful, but very-very rugged drive. You'd be on it all day, and while you pass some beautiful parts of our state (Lewisburg, Watoga, Marlinton, etc.), my advice would be to head up 19 and see the New River Gorge and the Bridge.

If you've already been on 19, have seen the New River Bridge, and are looking for something different, 219 to Elkins and Rt 33 back to Interstate 79 is a very beautiful and unique drive, but very time consuming. If you decide to go that way, here are some interesting places along the route, or just off of 219:

- Organ Cave: http://www.organcave.com/

- Greenbrier Resort: http://www.greenbrier.com/

- Droop Mountain Civil War Battlefield: http://www.droopmountainbattlefield.com/

- Cass Scenic Railroad: http://www.cassrailroad.com/

- Snowshoe Ski Resort: http://www.snowshoemtn.com/index.htm

- Greenbank National Radio Observatory: http://www.gb.nrao.edu/

- Edray Fish Hatchery: www.wchstv.com/traveling/2010/twv101007.shtml

- Historic Elkins: http://www.cityofelkinswv.com/

- Buckhannon: http://www.buckhannonwv.org/Welcome.html

Plenty of quaint Bed & Breakfasts along the way, local arts and crafts, and some local dining. Especially in Lewisburg, Elkins, and Buckhannon.

Good luck, and enjoy your visit.

Any Beach
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3. Re: Go by way of Beckley or 219

oh duh!! what was I thinking?? 219 and 33...I know those roads! Very curvy roads. No, I don't think you want to go that way. They are gorgeous routes, very scenic, but not they way you would want to go to head north..unless you really have some spare time. I-77, Rt. 19, I-79 will be scenic enough.

Pittsburgh PA
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4. Re: Go by way of Beckley or 219

if you chose the Rt. 19 route, beware of speedtraps in the towns! We were caught and ticketed...going only 7 miles over the speed limit.

Any Beach
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5. Re: Go by way of Beckley or 219

Re: Rt 19....LOTS of accidents on that road. Speed limit is posted often and in plain view. Just stick with it....and be careful.

(umm..yes, ...7 miles over the limit....is..still..7 miles OVER the limit)

Pittsburgh PA
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6. Re: Go by way of Beckley or 219

Yeah, but the speed limit went from 60 mph to 35 and the cop was waiting just past the sign. We had slowed to 42 mph when he pounced. In my book, that is a speed trap.

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7. Re: Go by way of Beckley or 219

Thanks everyone. I"m assuming Highway 19 or 219 is more scenic than I-77? If I could turn my time into two days is it worth it to do Highway 219? Thanks again.

charleston, wv
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8. Re: Go by way of Beckley or 219

The speed zones are well marked. Plenty of warning.

A sign that says 35 mph means 35 mph. Pretty simple. I've never seen one say "It's ok as long as you're trying to slow down." or " It's ok as long as you hit 35 mph somewhere between here and other end of town."

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