Boone is easier and much more "cultural", from mountain city its relatively straight and better roads. BUT as appalachian state and skiing is in this area traveling is bad again. The few miles from where the 321 meets the 421 can take 45 minutes at the wrong time of day (like 7.30 am). Don't even bother going near Boone on game day or moving in day. having said that I love where I am at and these annoyances are the trade for the place I live.