I have been doing backyard astronomy for years from Bortle 4-5 zone in Maryland. But had never ventured out. I can see fat free milk version of Milky Way from my backyard on clear nights.
Last night I decided to go in search of dark sky site nearby using https://www.lightpollutionmap.info. The smoke had completely cleared out. After driving for 40 miles west of Hagerstown, MD I landed on the top a mountain near Green Ridge state forest which is Bortle 3. Oh my, what a difference it made. As soon as I shut off my car and got out, I could see the full arch of thick whole milk version of milky way. After 15 minutes of adaption what I could see was breathtaking. I envy guys who live near such areas and see this everyday. I am wondering how milky way would look like from Bortle 2 or Bortle 1. Plan to visit the Spruce Knob area in WV this weekend.