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hippy college town.
I would say car is the best bet.
We took Highway 403 and QEW all the way to Fort Eerie. Crossed the Peace Bridge and entered Buffalo, USA. From Buffalo, we took I-90 West and then I-79 south all the way to Pittsburgh. We stayed in a motel in northern suburbs of the city. In the morning, we headed to Tanger Outlet Mall at exit 41 of I-79 (washington, PA). The Mall is beautifully designed with a hilly and forested background. It reminded us of Lee Outlet Mall in Berkshires, MA (photo # 1).
We continued south on I-79 toward Morgantown and made an exit on US 19 south at exit 57 toward Beckley. This turned out to be a road through smaller cities and towns of West Virginia, where we encountered traffic signals also. The reason for our selecting this road was to catch I-77 south at Bluefield. I-79 meets with I-77, but that is a long loop that we wanted to avoid in favour of smaller cities and towns.
From I-77 we took US 21 South at Wytheville, which went through a small strectch of the western-most part of Virginia before becoming US 221. US 21 and 221 are single lane roads that meander through heavily forested hilly countryside. There are so many twists and turns that driving became quite strenuous. Also, it was raining all the time.
US 221 took us all the way into Boone and remained a destination of our continuous exploration for 7 days.
While returning, we stayed overnight at a beautiful motel in Morgantown, West Virginia, home of the University of West Virginia and paid another visit to Tanger Outlet Mall in Pittsburgh.
Updated Sep 5, 2009
The High Country offers great opportunities for rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. As reported under 'Things to do' tips, we had a 5-hour long fun canoeing and kayaking in New River, which is a slow moving river and is documented to be 2nd oldest river of the world. The river is shallow and does not pose any threat.
Equipment: You can rent canoes and kayaks from many outfitters.
Wahoo's Adventure in Boone has been voted two-time"outfitter of the year" by Professional Paddlesports Association. You can choose from a lazy canoe, kayak or tubing trips or going to other end of the spectrum, an extreme rafting adventure (828-262-5774)
Written Sep 5, 2009
Address: US 321 south of Boone
Favorite thing: I will definitely recommend Grandfather Mountain. No words can capture the beauty and splendour of this UN's listed Biosphere Reserve. We spent 1 full day here - from 9 am to 8 pm. I have built many off the path tips on this destination and the reason is that I would like to encourage more VTers and their friends to plan a visit here.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory has to be a day devoted to shopping in Boone and its many unique picturesque communities - Blowing Rock, Linville, Valle Crucis, etc.
Updated Sep 6, 2009