> How is it to drive on Interstate 77 from North Carolina to Indiana? Is there a route I could take to avoid the mountains

How is it to drive on Interstate 77 from North Carolina to Indiana? Is there a route I could take to avoid the mountains

Posted at: 2015-04-14 
I am relocating from NC to Indiana and have never driven on the highway. I am scared and have no option but to drive myself after a friend backed out on me. I will be driving a 2000 Monte Carlo Chevy and I just would like any advice. Is I77 dangerous? Can I drive another route? How long do I have to drive through tunnels? Any advice will be appreciated. My concerns are hills, mountains, narrow roads and fog. Thanks

Except in rare circumstances, interstate highways do not have steep grades or sharp turns. You'll find those in the Rocky Mountains. You'll be much safer on the interstate than any alternate highway. The only way to avoid the Appalachian Mtns is to drive way south and across I-20. It will double your travel cost and travel time. The Appalachian Mountains are more like large hills. There are two tunnels, both in VA. Just stay in one lane in the tunnel and you'll be fine. It's the "lane changes" that cause traffic problems in tunnels. They are well lit so head lights are non necessarily needed.

77 North out of NC definitely has some long grades, but it is a good road. No hairpin turns, etc. It is interstate driving. Should not be a problem for a normal car. Only if you have a very heavy load like an 18 wheeler or motorhome, etc. should you exercise some additional caution. I don't recall any tunnels on any sections I have driven. Examine a map closely if short tunnels are a problem for you.

You need to look at a map. I77 does not go anywhere near Indiana. If you follow I77 you would end up in Cleveland Ohio.

Go to Google Maps and enter your starting point and destination and it will map out a good route for you. If you stay on the Interstate Highways they will always be big wide divided highways. No narrow mountain roads to worry about. Fog is usually not a problem, but you just have to monitor the weather forecast.

You cannot get to California without going though the mountains. But I found Interstate 40 is about as easy as they come. Pick up the 40 by the time you get to Oklahoma city and you will be fine. It does climb to 7000 feet though in New Mexico. But you will barely notice it.

In the 40, check out the Cadillac Ranch just west of Amarillo and the Meteor crater just before getting to Flagstaff.

One route (not necessarily better) is to go north on I-81 or I-95 north until you get to PA and then go west on I-76 or I-80. At this time of year, I don't recommend it, because of the risk of snow.

Take the mountains. You want to avoid unnecessary turnpikes. Enjoy the views.