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Charlottesville to Atlanta via Asheville

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hbelkins:
If I'm in Asheville, have all day to get to Atlanta, and am going to do Cades Cove, then I'm going to Cherokee and across Newfound Gap Road to get the full flavor of the Smokies. Once you do Cades Cove, continue on TN 73 to US 321 to Maryville, where you can either make your way over to I-75 or continue south on US 411 (not a bad drive, but underposted speed-wise in many locations in Tennessee) to I-75 in Georgia.

Sub-Urbanite:
OK, throwing another two variables in here:

- I've never been to South Carolina. I was planning on fixing that, even if it just meant driving 26 to 85 on my way to Atlanta. But, there's clinching for clinching's sakes and then there's actually enjoying one's vacation…

- Am I just writing off Atlanta on this trip? I had a notion of taking the kid to World of Coca Cola or to the Georgia Aquarium, but if we're getting into town too late then why bother. (Side thought that I should also heed: It's probably not smart to take an unvaccinated kid to an indoor tourist attraction in the South right now…)

doorknob60:

--- Quote from: Sub-Urbanite on June 18, 2021, 09:44:20 PM ---(Side thought that I should also heed: It's probably not smart to take an unvaccinated kid to an indoor tourist attraction in the South right now…)

--- End quote ---

I went to World of Coca-Cola last week and they were requiring masks and it was well enforced. Also, I saw more masks than I expected in places like Walmart and malls around the Atlanta area, at least in the places I stopped (more than in the Boise area; they're not required in either area now and I'm vaccinated, so I'm not bothered either way; just my observations).

VetteDriver16:
Some words of caution from someone who lives in the area:

I-26 south of I-40 in the Asheville area is under construction and that leads to frequent backups and slowdowns.
US-441 through the GSMNP is often congested.  That could affect your timing.
Atlanta area traffic can frequently cause travelers to underestimate their drive time.   

doorknob60:

--- Quote from: VetteDriver16 on July 06, 2021, 11:55:44 AM ---Some words of caution from someone who lives in the area:

I-26 south of I-40 in the Asheville area is under construction and that leads to frequent backups and slowdowns.
US-441 through the GSMNP is often congested.  That could affect your timing.
Atlanta area traffic can frequently cause travelers to underestimate their drive time.

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I'll chime in as I was in the area recently.

1. Yeah that's true, I-26 was stop and go in places, and was generally unpleasant to drive on pretty much all the way to the US-74 split even when traffic was flowing.
2. Yeah I ran into road construction through the park when I was there, they were repaving. Added at least 45-60 minutes of just being stopped on the road, not ideal. Not sure if that's still happening. Worth checking before making any plans through there.
3. At least I got lucky there, didn't run into any delays longer than 10 minutes or so on the Atlanta freeways.

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