Friday, August 2, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-77 in Ohio

Ohio I-77 rest area southbound near Exit 37
Interstate 77 begins its journey south from its juncture with I-90 in Cleveland, Ohio. I-77, which is a scenic highway once it travels outside the cities, joins Cleveland, Akron, Canton, New Philadelphia, Cambridge and Marietta. I love the beautiful hills, valleys and forests along this road and I really enjoy driving it. This interstate joins I-76 for a few miles in the Akron area and also crosses I-271, I-480, I-80 and I-70 during its time in Ohio. Attractions near this interstate include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, Great Lakes Science Center, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Inventors Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, First Ladies National Historical Site, Warther Museum, Salt Fork State Park and the .
Ohio River

Exit 137 in Montrose is a wonderful exit to get gas and food. To the west of the exit is a great choice of restaurants and hotels that are located on a hill overlooking the interstate. What drivers see on the hill is really all the west side has to offer. The east side has the gas stations, more food and lodging and also a mall which is just a few miles down the road. I love this exit and it is my favorite for shopping. Take the west side of Exit 111 in North Canton for food and gas. A good choice of hotels is available at Exit 109 near the Belden Village Mall. Exits 83 and 81 in New Philadelphia and Exit 25 in Caldwell are also good exits for travelers.

Ohio River I-77 Bridge
Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

(Photo taken in 2013)

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