Hello! We are traveling from Columbia, SC to Southern Shores (Duck area) on Friday, 7/3. We were planning to leave at 9:00AM. What is the best timing and route? Google maps says I-95 to Rocky Mount and east on 64. It looks like the other two alternatives would be:
Upper: pick up 17 through Elizabeth City/Maple and down 158.
Lower: I-795 to Greenville and pick up 264.
I haven't given much thought to the ferry from Cedar Island to Ocracoke, and then driving up the coast. Any thoughts? I may not be able to get reservations this late.
I am used to traveling to our beautiful SC coast. There are parts of the Grand Strand (Myrtle Beach area) where you can be in traffic an additional three to four hours on a July 4th weekend. I am thinking the Outer Banks could be the same. We are traveling with older children and three grand children in car seats (two cars).
Any advice would be most appreciated. Thank you!