Originally Posted by Boeing Guy
...... two routes of about the same distance. Either I-64 to I-77 to I-40 through Charleston WV OR I-64 to I-57 to I-24 to I-40 through Nashville.
I64/77 will take you through the heart and soul of West Virginia, but if you don't like mountains you will not like this road. That second route is better, but still gives you an impressive ride through the Smokies-- short, but impressive across the TN / NC state line.
To minimize (almost eliminate) the mountains, modify the second route as follows: on I-40 east of Knoxville, where I40 turns southeastward toward NC, you continue northeastward on I-81. Stay on 81 to intersect with I77 where it is coming south out of VA/WV. I81 and I-77 are collocated for 10-20 miles, then take I77 south toward NC. Bear off onto I74 near Mt Airy, becomes US52 and reconnects you to I40 eastbound in Greensboro, about 1.5 from Raleigh.
Aside #1: used to live in Raleigh, this route virtually eliminates mountains between Knoxville-Raleigh.
Aside #2: caught your name. Several years in the three-holer and the whale. You?