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I want a route from Myrtle Beach north along the coast

  • Ruth
     asked this on August 17, 2011 at 03:28 PM
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Ruth, you don't say how far north you're wanting to drive, but you can make it all the way to Canada and points north by making sure the Atlantic stays on your right, of course! The main route out of Myrtle Beach is U.S. Highway 17 (the "Coastal Highway"), which officially ends in Winchester, Virginia, merging with U.S. Highway 50. This road will take you up into North Carolina and past popular beach towns like Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Beach. You should also schedule a detour through Camp Lejeune, home of the U.S. Marine Corps as well as a surprisingly scenic strethc of roadway that connects with US-17 at the other end. From there continue on US-17 to pretty Beaufort. Here things get interesting, as you can opt to take the ferry over to Ocracoke and Cape Hatteras from Cedar Island. Follow the chain of barrier islands, the Outer Banks, up through Nags Head and Kitty Hawk. I could go on and on, as you veer away from US-17 and continue north into Virginia up the Eastern Shore. There's actually a really helpful website that pinpoints all the highlights of this itinerary from Jamie Jensen's "Road Trip USA" guidebook. Check it out here: http://www.roadtripusa.com/routes/atlanticcoast/atlanticcoast.html, then buy the guidebook for a really useful driving companion as you drive up the coast!
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