Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-81 in Virginia & Tennessee

English: An image of the Drapery or Flowstone ...
English: An image of the Drapery or Flowstone in Luray Caverns known as "Saracen's Tent". (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Luray Caverns
Luray Caverns (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 81, which spends most of its time in the state of Virginia, runs parallel to the Appalachian Mountains in this state and also in Tennessee. Winchester, New Market, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Roanoke, Christiansburg, Wytheville, Marion, Abingdon, Bristol and the Tennessee city of Colonial Heights are linked by this highway. I-81 joins I-40 just east of Knoxville.

Interstate 81 travels with I-77 for a while in Virginia and gas prices are really good in this area. Attractions near this highway include Skyline Caverns, Shenandoah National Park, Shenandoah Caverns, Endless Caverns, Skyline Drive, Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace, Grand Caverns, Monticello, Natural Bridge, Smith Mountain Lake, Dixie Caverns Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Douglas Lake, Harper's Ferry, Luray Caverns and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many excellent camping opportunities are available in this area.

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.

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