Friday, August 9, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-77 in North Carolina & South Carolina

After a journey of 12 miles down a steep mountain in Virginia, Interstate 77 enters the flat land of North Carolina near Mt. Airy. This highway continues south through Statesville and Charlotte and joins them with the South Carolina cities of Fort Mill, Rock Hill and Columbia. Attractions in North Carolina include the Cumberland Knob, Lake Norman and the James K. Polk Birthplace. In South Carolina Lake Wateree State Recreation Area and Congaree National Park are near this interstate.

Interstate 77 ends in Columbia, South Carolina. South of this city I-77 joins I-26. When I would drive to Florida, I used to stop at Exit 50 in Statesville, North Carolina for gas and some food. That way I could avoid any traffic problems with Charlotte.

The section of I-77 in South Carolina was the last major part of this interstate to be completed. Before that was accomplished, drivers had to go through all the small towns on Highway 21. It would take forever. To be able to see the difference in drive times before and after the completion of this road makes me appreciate the Interstate Highway System!!

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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