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Old 09-16-2013, 12:01 AM   #1
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Virginia...Virginia Beach etc.

I'm heading south out of Atlantic City towards Knoxville, TN in early October. No rush...plenty of time to visit sites along the way. Can't decide whether to go down the east coast thru Virginia Beach or head more west from Atlantic City to the Skyline Drive area of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Is Virginia Beach a nice place to visit in October? Cool? Windy? Is it a "touristy" area like Myrtle Beach...mini golf, go carts, etc.?
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Given where you are headed, I would opt for the BR'P and Skyline Dr. I live in Va and when I go to the beach, it's not Va Beach.
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I also live in Va and when we get the beach itch, we head to Myrtle Beach. Yes, both MB and Va Beach are 'touristy' but we always go in either spring or fall...never in the summer.

I'd also vote for the trip thru the mountains of Va. We live very near the BRP and prefer that to Skyline Drive. There is a lot to see all through the Shenandoah Valley.

Depending on what RV you have, I would not necessarily recommend that you drive the BRP in an RV unless you like going very slow, steep grades, lots of turns. My preference would be to travel main roads, stop in RV parks/campgrounds just off the BRP and explore it in your towed vehicle or towing vehicle.

Stop in Roanoke, VA and see the Va. Museum of Transportation, especially if you like trains. We have two of the most magnificent steam locomotives ever built for the NW Railway....the 1218 and the 611.
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I also live in Va and when we get the beach itch, we head to Myrtle Beach. Yes, both MB and Va Beach are 'touristy' but we always go in either spring or fall...never in the summer.

I'd also vote for the trip thru the mountains of Va. We live very near the BRP and prefer that to Skyline Drive. There is a lot to see all through the Shenandoah Valley.

Depending on what RV you have, I would not necessarily recommend that you drive the BRP in an RV unless you like going very slow, steep grades, lots of turns. My preference would be to travel main roads, stop in RV parks/campgrounds just off the BRP and explore it in your towed vehicle or towing vehicle.

Stop in Roanoke, VA and see the Va. Museum of Transportation, especially if you like trains. We have two of the most magnificent steam locomotives ever built for the NW Railway....the 1218 and the 611.
We have a 43' motorhome towing a full size pickup. Any recommendations for campgrounds in the Shenandoah Valley area? Thank you.
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We have a 43' motorhome towing a full size pickup. Any recommendations for campgrounds in the Shenandoah Valley area? Thank you.
It has been some time since we traveled up that way from Roanoke but there is at least one decent RV park in Winchester, Va at the most northern end of the Shenandoah Valley.

Farther south down around Luray Caverns, there are others that are close to the BRP. There is Walnut Hills RV park near Waynesboro/Staunton. There is Jellystone at Natural Bridge (Natural Bridge Station). There is a KOA in/near Lexington but we drove thru it in our car a couple of years ago and it seemed pretty tight for a big rig. Also in Lexington there is an RV park behind the Lee Hi truck stop that is basically a fair place to use if you plan to tour around the area in the toad. Lexington has lot's of history and Virginia Military Institute with an excellent museum, the Marshall museum.
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We enjoyed outdoor resort in sand bridge area of Virginia beach very nice beach and not to crowded
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Virginia Beach is always nice for a few days...but not much of interest this time of year 'cept for fishing. I'd go the western route and catch VaBch at a better time.
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