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Winding country roads are ideal for scenic Sunday drives, but people in Four Seasons Country who want to travel from place to place quickly and efficiently have access to a transportation system that includes modern highways, an airport, bus service and passenger trains.

Mercer and Tazewell Counties are situated at the hub of several major transportation routes serving the eastern United States. The region actually lies within a 500-mile radius of 50 percent of the U.S. population. Princeton, the county seat of Mercer County, is the site of one of West Virginia’s most active interchanges. Here is where north-south I-77 and east-west U.S. Route 460 cross paths. I-77 provides an ideal link with major population centers like Cleveland and on I-79, Pittsburgh.

I-77 extends from Columbia, South Carolina, in the south to Cleveland, Ohio in the North, through Beckley, West Virginia, where it intersects I-64, and Charleston, West Virginia, where it intersects I-79. Less than 30 minutes south of Princeton, I-77 connects with I-81, which extends from Tennessee to New England. Other major highways in the region include U.S. Routes 19, 21, 52 and 219 and State Routes 10, 20, 42, 71, 112 and 123.

Air service is provided by the Mercer County Airport, located eight miles from Princeton and six from Bluefield. U.S. Air Express, operated by Colgan Air, provides flights seven days a week either to Washington’s Dulles Airport or to Pittsburgh. The area is served by nine major interstate trucking lines, and bus service is provided by Greyhound Corporation and Bluefield and Graham Transit Authorities.

The Bluefield area is served by Norfolk Southern Corporation, and 45 minutes away from Princeton at Hinton, Amtrak trains transport passengers on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays to key connecting points such as Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

Whether you’re looking forward to a leisurely drive to take in the spectacular scenery or planning the quickest route to points in and around the region, the transportation systems available in Four Seasons Country will help make your journey enjoyable.

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