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Old 12-12-2015, 06:45 PM   #1
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Central IN to Gulf Coast...flexible destination and trip

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My husband and I just started full timing. Our first big trip will be to head south in a few days...we are new at this and would like some input. What would be the most scenic and low stress route south for new RVers going from Indiana to the Gulf Coast! We can take our time with no deadlines to meet except for bad weather. I want to go to the Gulf Coast/south for the holidays and have researched a few places but wonder if there are some hidden gems to park at. It's not imperative to be near the beach. Thanks for any and all suggestions!
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Well Stacy !
First is your Route -- I run down that way several times a year. Stay away from 65 -as its a mess and the roads are bad -- I take 74 to Cincinnati then south on 75 - nice clean roads all the way and great mountain views and clean rest areas. Plan your timing through Atlanta as that can be nerve racking at rush hours. From there you'll have smooth sailing all the way down to the East Cost of Sunny Fla.

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If you are taking your time you might want to stop for a few days at the Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort. Beautiful surroundings, quiet, and if the weather is acceptable, bike paths. Bike baths everywhere, you can see the entire south end of the island by bike and never ride on a road with traffic.
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Sounds like a great first trip. You say you are going to the Gulf Coast. From Brownsville Texas to Key West Florida is 1700 miles or so. What area of the Gulf Coast are you looking at?

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www.floridastateparks.org/park/St-Andrews

oridastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/Topsail_Hill_Preserve_State_Park_Gregory_E_Moore_R v_Resort/r/campsiteCalendar.do?page=calendar&search=site&cont ractCode=FL&parkId=281250

You cannot go wrong with these places.

If you want to see some pretty countryside, take US 231down through Alabama.
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We're flexible...so I'm wondering if there are any suggestions for that rather long stretch.
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I would look into the Natchez Trace.




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We're flexible...so I'm wondering if there are any suggestions for that rather long stretch.
If you come down through Alabama, that really is the best way to go to Northwest Florida Coast. It is a great drive from Montgomery down to Ozark where it gets a little crowded, not real bad. I think it is four lane all the way to Panama City, Florida.

If you want to see some really old Florida, take 98 east out of Panama City and go all the way to Perry Florida. It is mostly undeveloped coastline with fishing villages. Appalachicola is a nice little town.

Once you get to Perry, you can continue down 98 or you can go over to I75. 98 past Panama city is two lane but not crowded.

Cedar Key on Floridas north central coast is a nice little town.

Here is why I would like that trip. You are coming down thru the midwest which you are probably very familiar with. coming on through Tthe deep south is pretty nice but you are coming to Florida. I would speed on down to florida and really see some of its nice places that many tourists don't see.

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Well Stacy !
First is your Route -- I run down that way several times a year. Stay away from 65 -as its a mess and the roads are bad -- I take 74 to Cincinnati then south on 75 - nice clean roads all the way and great mountain views and clean rest areas. Plan your timing through Atlanta as that can be nerve racking at rush hours. From there you'll have smooth sailing all the way down to the East Cost of Sunny Fla.

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We are planning a trip down Florida way in March as well. I have traveled this way several times but never in our new (to us) 98 33' Sea Breeze. Being that this is spring break, I75 I know can be a mess. And, the mountain grades through Chatanooga are worrying me. I planned on taking 69 south to 24 then down 65 to have less grades to go up amd down. I plan on coming down through Alabama and swing over to I75 via Columbus. We HAVE to stop in Vienna GA at the nut farm for my DW. . Then hit I75 sount the rest of the way. Am I thinking correct that this would be less hilly? We are newbies as well and I don't want to witness a firey crash on spring break. Especially mine!!!
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Your Sea Breeze will do jus fine!
That's a good Rt - safe and relatively flat.
My alternate snow storm Rt is 65 to Birmingham to Dothan down to 10 to 75- cost an hour more if your timing .
Leaving here Feb 24 - down 75 from Cinci to Knoxville to Chattanooga on down from there.
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Which area of the Gulf Coast? Creditable advice cannot be offered without knowing where you want to go. Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, all are Gulf Coast.
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We were flexible but on a whim came down to Elberta, AL to Lake Osprey RV Park. Loved it here, spent a month, took road trips to the west and east and had a lot to see and do down here. Thanks for all the input everybody! Now on to MS, LA and then to TX. I'm getting out my cowboy boots (This is Stacy posting, not Lee, he doesn't have any boots...yet)
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