Cape Hatteras North Carolina
June 26, 2011 by USA Post
Cape Hatteras North Carolina, Driving two of the most spectacular and picturesque stretches of the eastern United States takes time, but worth every minute. One way is in the desert sand banks – connected by bridges and ferries – which runs along the Atlantic coast of the Chesapeake Bay along Cape Hatteras, in a cemetery in shipping for centuries.
The other is through the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian range and extends into northern Tennessee near Washington, DC
My wife and I traveled both roads this year on a trip of 13 days from Ottawa, which includes sightseeing in Washington, as well as stops at historic sites in Virginia and North Carolina, and four days of rest and relaxation in a beachfront condo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
We went our way on the journey to take the scenic route along the coast of Cape Hatteras. We made a detour on the way back to ride part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tennessee to Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, where the park’s northern end is less than an hour drive from Washington.
Hour after hour on roads, we drove through the protected wilderness national park Service U.S.
At Cape Hatteras, the ocean is just steps away on either side of the road for most of the time. In the Blue Ridge, there are panoramic views of valleys far below.
You should not hurry in any direction. There was little traffic, when we made our trip, but there are points every few minutes along the two roads to stop and admire the scenery.
To the south, we spent about five hours of driving along the Outer Banks of Cape Hatteras. For the most part there was no sign of human existence, but occasionally we passed a village of holiday houses rental.
By the time we reached the first of two ferries on the route was too late. We found it was too late to connect with the last trip on the ferry that day second – that our decision where to spend the night was made for us. We found a nice motel near the ferry and enjoyed a great seafood dinner.
The next morning, enjoy a free, 40-minute ferry ride to the next island, then came one of the highlights of our trip: the journey by ferry from the island of Ocracoke to Cedar Island. It takes about 21 / 2 hours and the total cost for vehicles and passengers and U.S. 15 was the weather was perfect, sunny and not too hot. The pelican flew occasional hard the past. We took in the view of the islands and sandbanks and fell asleep in the sun, carefree and confident that this was the way to go.
The North Carolina system ferry operates both ferries, reservations recommended. We decided not to book because they were in no hurry and did not want to be tied to a schedule, but I recommend making reservations in the summer months.
We continue north through the Blue Ridge Mountains was equally rewarding. It’s called Blue Ridge because of the blue haze that usually hangs over the mountains. The avenue runs through hills all the way to the border with Tennessee and North Carolina to northern Virginia and consists of a single lane in each direction.
What began as a project work during the Great Depression was over 50 years to complete. About 750 kilometers is the longest road, as defined in the United States. It is possible to drive almost 1,000 miles of continuous strip through the forest and mountainous terrain virgin, if you add sections of the ends through the large parks smoking and Shenandoah.
We joined Avenue near Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and brought him to Charlottesville, Virginia, which is almost half of its length. The speed limit is 45 mph (about 70 miles per hour) – less curved parts. My wife found a little scary, nothing to stop us from plunging off the mountain if off the road, which has a rolling terrain and winding. For the first time I can remember, used repeatedly under the automatic gearbox that we stop our car and avoid brake wear.
There are no services on the avenue, so down the ridge to spend a night in a motel. Trucks are prohibited, and we find almost no traffic when I was late spring. A ranger told us that the busiest time is autumn, when forests are an explosion of color.
It normally takes two days to 10 hours drive (more rest stops) to travel by car between Ottawa and the South Carolina resort of Myrtle Beach. We added about a full day of driving each way to take two of the world’s most memorable albums. In fact, these two scenic drives are what I remember most of our holiday, although it was full of pleasant experiences.
We started out in Washington, where he had scheduled the visit to coincide with the Festival of the annual Cherry Blossom Spring. As we strolled past the White House, a young man approached us and asked if we would like to see the gardens.
How exciting! The White House is the most closely guarded in the world, but from time to time, invites the public gardens. We joined hundreds of people walking through the field, including the Rose Garden outside the Oval Office.
The White House Gardens opened to the public only rarely, and without warning – for security reasons. Sometimes it is possible for the public to get a tour of the White House. Canadians must request a visit from the White House through the Canadian Embassy in Washington.
We also visited the National Gallery of Art, which is free and has one of the finest art collections in the world, and private property, Collection Phillips near historic Georgetown, which has the Renoir painting of a party boat on the Seine.
For the most part, only absorbed the environment, tourism, walking the streets of Georgetown and visit my favorite pub and restaurant in Washington – the Old Ebbitt Grill, at 15th Street, one block from the White House.
We stayed two nights at a Hyatt hotel in Washington’s Virginia suburbs (cheaper than staying in Washington, easier access to the city from the suburbs of Maryland).
Then we went to one of the most charming and historic in the U.S., only three hours from Washington – Colonial Williamsburg, the capital of Virginia, at the time of the American Revolution in 1776.
We are delighted every time we visit. A visit to Williamsburg is like stepping back in time by more than two centuries.
In the past 80 years, Williamsburg has been restored and rebuilt – at enormous – the way it was at the time of the revolution. The restoration was largely due to the wealth of John D. Rocke Feller Jr. and his family, he decided from the beginning to the preservation and restoration of one of its largest philanthropic enterprises in Williamsburg.
Visitors are greeted by traders in period dress, making each day work – weaving, bakery items to sell, pushing the so all about horse-drawn carriages – as they did in the 18th century. In the afternoon, we visited a tavern where they were entertained by singers and musicians in period costume.
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