You can expect heavy traffic leaving Richmond, though for the remainder of the route in Virginia you will be on predominantly rural roads. These roads wander through tobacco and peanut fields over slightly rolling country. The route becomes more level in North Carolina. The beach access roads north of Wilmington will be busier during tourist season and on weekends. The Outer Banks Alternate is 78 miles longer than the main route. Wind is an important riding factor on the exposed Outer Banks. The inland route is more sheltered, and should be used during stormy weather. Click on enlargement for detail.
Current Printed Version: 2012
Reviewed by: BOB CLARKE 9/27/13
I biked WDC to Key West this summer and found these maps to be excellent. The routes selected were quiet and very safe. I deviated a bit from the AC route and followed the GreenWay because I wanted to visit Myrtle Beach and stay close to the Ocean -- those roads were generally more heavily trafficked. Plus, the AC maps had tons of key information about motels, bike shops etc.