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Washington, DC Fort Lauderdale

Are there any scenic drives between D.C. and Fort Lauderdale?

We'd like to do the trip between D.C. and Fort Lauderdale in seven days and would like to include scenic highways or byways along the way, possible including the Blue Ridge Parkway.


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answered by
Hazel from Port St. Lucie
The Biltmore in Asheville. St. Symons Island. Savannah. Charleston. St. Augustine. Ormand Beach. Cocoa Beach. NASA. FIT. Air Boat Rides in Vero Beach. Etc.


answered first by
RosalieAnn
Are you going from W Washington D.C. just one way to Fort Lauderdale or is this a round trip.  Because there are two possible scenic routes - the mountains or the seashore. 
If you want the mountains, (which I guess you do since you mention the Blue Ridge) from DC, you can go over to the Skyline Dr and follow that all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway and then you can follow the Blue Ridge Parkway all the way to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park  This will be one long day or two shorter days.  The Great Smoky is partly in NC and partly in TN, so from there, you can go over to Gatlinburg down to Talladega Superspeedway and then to Fort Walton Beach  Then you can follow the coast around to Tampa and all the way down to Naples, Fl and then go across to Fort Lauderdale.  This avoids the congestion around Orlando and Atlanta although you do go through Birmingham (Alabama)
The seashore route would take you down US 301 to La Plata and then down US 17 to Gloucester (Virginia) (which is a nice littel walled historic district), and then on down to Virginia Beach From here you could go to Elizabeth City and then hang a right and go over to Nags Head and visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial.  Then go over to Plymouth (North Carolina) and "Little Washington" i.e. Washington (North Carolina) and you can follow US 17 all the way down through New Bern and Wilimington NC and Murrells Inlet SC to Charleston  You could go to Savannah GA and St Augustine FL on the way to Ft Lauderdale.

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  1. W Washington D.C. (hotel)
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  4. Blue Ridge Parkway (attraction)
  5. Great Smoky Mountain National Park (park)
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  7. Talladega Superspeedway (attraction)
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  9. Tampa (city)
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  12. La Plata (city)
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  16. Nags Head (attraction)
  17. Wright Brothers National Memorial (attraction)
  18. Plymouth (North Carolina) (city)
  19. Washington (North Carolina) (city)
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