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Old 10-20-2013, 01:51 AM   #1
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We are leaving the San Francisco area 11/8 heading to Asheville N.C. (ETA 11/24). We plan to take I-40, but have concerns about 2 areas: Flagstaff, AZ and Asheville, N.C.
Regarding Flagstaff: does it usually snow in early November?
Regarding Asheville: The section of the I-40 after Knoxville, TN that drops down into Asheville, N.C. looks very curvy on the map. Any comments/recommendations are appreciated!
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You will be climbing into Asheville. Curves are one after another up the mountain and a couple of tunnels. Wide road so clearance will not be a problem
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We traveled through Flagstaff, AZ years ago in late October and there was a dusting of snow; no problem at all on the highway and roads. Just depends on the weather each season.

Travel on I-40 into Asheville, NC is a good road - nice rest areas and beautiful vistas; you should have pretty much peak colors at that time.

Safe travels
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We are leaving the San Francisco area 11/8 heading to Asheville N.C. (ETA 11/24). We plan to take I-40, but have concerns about 2 areas: Flagstaff, AZ and Asheville, N.C. Regarding Flagstaff: does it usually snow in early November? Regarding Asheville: The section of the I-40 after Knoxville, TN that drops down into Asheville, N.C. looks very curvy on the map. Any comments/recommendations are appreciated!
The section of I40 from Newport, TN to Asheville, NC traverses the Pigeon River Gorge. It's curvy, with many short climbs and descents. From a drivers point of view there is nothing to worry about. The speed limit through that section is reduced and there is a prohibition on trucks in the left lane. I've traveled that route many times in a 40' coach with toad. It's a beautiful drive so relax and enjoy the view.

If you are traveling east or south of Asheville, be aware that there is a long 7-8% descent on both I40 and I26.
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In AZ on I40 you will climb from 500 ft to 7300 ft at Flagstaff. Snow that time of year is very possible. If you can deal with the mountain driving in that area you won't have any problems in the east.
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Thanks, everyone for the helpful information! I feel more confident about taking that route! Happy trails!
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