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Old 01-13-2013, 09:37 AM   #1
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drive from Kingston Ontario Canada to the Outerbanks - OBX

Fist time going to the outerbanks and wondering which route is best.
We will be going the last 2 weeks of April.
Should we take the route around Washington or the chesapeake bay bridge tunnel?
When routing both route on the google map, they both look to be about the same distance and time but worry a bit about the bridge-tunnel with the 5th wheel and also worrry a bit going around Washington.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:07 PM   #2
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Used to drive from Ottawa to VA and back quite a bit many years ago - used to do the beltway around WA. Only issue was the never-ending rush-hour...If I'm right, took me 12 or 14hrs. Never did it with a trailer, but do remember hitting snow in the Feb timeframe. Be safe...
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! We've decided to go 81 to 476 and Chesapeake bridge tunnel
Weather should be good in April (I hope)
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:05 AM   #4
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:applause:Excellent decision on your route Boubou! As McMonk said that DC beltway is more often than not a slow moving parking lot. I've not traveled the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel/Bridge yet but we will in October. From what we've gathered this is a beautiful drive. You shouldn't experience any troubles with the 5er. Below is a link that you might find helpful.

http://www.cbbt.com/index.html

If your trip permits, I suggest you ferry to Ocracoke and stop in at Howard's Pub. The food and atmosphere are excellent and the beverages are Cold!

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Old 02-11-2013, 12:52 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply! We've decided to go 81 to 476 and Chesapeake bridge tunnel
Weather should be good in April (I hope)
April will probably be great. Choice of route is good. If you want to stop before you get to the bridge tunnel, there is Kiptopeake State Park on your right several miles before the tunnel. I was a camp host there and it's a nice stop. Always a vacancy. Tunnel fee is $20.00 but the view is pretty good. There is another toll road in Chesapeake, but you can bypass it if you get off at the last exit before toll road starts. Both roads (toll and non-toll) end at the same point. No problem w/a 5th wheel on the bridge. If there are high wind warnings, then they won't let you cross. That's the only issue. Otherwise, there's a nice rest stop on the bridge if you want to take in the view.
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I agree with what Tanker42 said. BTW if you take the Bridge Tunnel route, you will pass right through Crabman country.
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The only problem that might cause you to change your plans are high winds. Take along both routes and check the wind before you get close to the BBT. Have a good trip.
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Boubou....I agree with what the others have recommended.......No way should you go around Washington....it can be a scary experience in a car let alone towing a camper.... Once you are South of Northern Del the scenery turns rural.(Take Del Rte 1 to Rte 13 is the easiest route) If you do go Rte 13 through Southern DE watch your speed in the little towns...they are legendary speed traps. It's a very nice ride. Crabman country is really neat.... The CBBT is a beautiful piece of engineering...in April you should see tons of boats real close to the bridge fishing. You can stop 1/2 way at the rest stop. (Sometimes they give coupons for a free ice cream cone).... Not sure where you're going on the OBX...Ocracoke Island is a great place to visit.....the commercial campgrounds look a little rough. It's a neat place to visit.... If I can help you in any way let me know...
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Boubou....I agree with what the others have recommended.......No way should you go around Washington....it can be a scary experience in a car let alone towing a camper.... Once you are South of Northern Del the scenery turns rural.(Take Del Rte 1 to Rte 13 is the easiest route) If you do go Rte 13 through Southern DE watch your speed in the little towns...they are legendary speed traps. It's a very nice ride. Crabman country is really neat.... The CBBT is a beautiful piece of engineering...in April you should see tons of boats real close to the bridge fishing. You can stop 1/2 way at the rest stop. (Sometimes they give coupons for a free ice cream cone).... Not sure where you're going on the OBX...Ocracoke Island is a great place to visit.....the commercial campgrounds look a little rough. It's a neat place to visit.... If I can help you in any way let me know...
Thanks for the great tips. I will follow your recommendations.
We are going to Camp Hatteras for 8 nights
Hoping for good weather! We are taking it easy, driving about 300 miles a day, camping along the way. Total trip will be 2 weeks, last two weeks of April.
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You are making me reminisce. As a kid we lived on the mainland near Cherry Point (NC). We went out to the outer banks all the time. We would sail the catamaran in the sound, take the ferry to the island to camp (PU) and fish. I do recall a few trips north to the CBBT. I do not remember much of that just that I always wondered when we were in the tunnel if a Carrier was going over head. The idea for a young child was awesome. We are tentatively planning a trip to the outer banks in a few years. If you have a 4x4 drive out on the beach, but do NOT drive into any water, or you will get stuck, and lose your truck. Definitely get out on the beach to the former location of the Cape Hatters Light House, that very close to where the North and South Atlantic currents collide and if the weather is right the waves (Church Steeple waves) can be incredible.

The last time I was out there was in the 80’s. I’m thinking it is time for another trip.
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