Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-77 In West Virginia & Virginia

Interstate 77 has a beautiful journey through the states of West Virginia and Virginia. Part of I-77 is the West Virginia Turnpike where drivers pay $2 at each of three toll stations. Congratulations to West Virginia for improving the turnpike. That task was not easy given the terrain of the mountains. The road used to be such a nightmare to drive, but now it is a pleasure. Parkersburg, Ripley, Charleston, Beckley and Princeton are joined by this road. Attractions near I-77 include the Kanawha River, New River Gorge National River, the Allegheny Mountains, Canyon Rim Visitors Center, Sandstone Visitors Center, Lost World Caverns and Pipestem State Park.

The Virginia cities of Rocky Gap, Wytheville and Fancy Gap are joined during the short distance I-77 travels through Virginia. For some of the way I-77 joins I-81 and that is a great place to get gas. This section of I-77 is known for the mountain at Fancy Gap. Drivers should use extreme caution in this area in foggy conditions. Weather reports may not warn of low clouds which cause poor visibility. I think this is the most dangerous section of Interstate 77 and deserves the complete attention of drivers.

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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