States traversed: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida
US Route 17 runs from northern Virginia to southwestern Florida. In Virginia, US Route 17 runs along the eastern edge of the state. From North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida, US Route 17 is the route hugging the Atlantic Coast. The northern end is at US Route 50 in northernmost Virginia, between Winchester and Washington, D.C. The highway passes through Fredericksburg, Newport News, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake, in Virginia. It exits Virginia in the southeast corner of the state, continuing south to Elizabeth City, North Carolina. In North Carolina, it runs north-south, having a path that sits as easterly as is feasibly possible while still being on the mainland; all of North Carolina's various inlets push this position far west of the Outer Banks, however. Cities in North Carolina connected by US Route 17 include Edenton, Williamston, Washington, New Bern, Jacksonville, and Wilmington. US Route 17 hugs the coastlines of South Carolina and Georgia, passing through Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Savannah, and Brunswick. Then, it enters Florida. It passes through Jacksonville, and it bends there into a south-southwesterly path across inland Florida. The southern endpoint is actually on the west coast of Florida, at US Route 41 in the town of Punta Gorda.
My photo of US Route 17 comes from an intersection with Virginia State Route 28 between Fredericksburg and Warrenton, in Virginia. I took this photo during the Virginia trip of April, 2021. The sign assembly depicted faces southeast, toward northwesterly traffic encountering the intersection. Back to the nationwide main page. Back to the home page.