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Old 07-02-2011, 06:07 AM   #1
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Florida to Tennessee, (Not I-75)

We have made the run from Tennessee to Florida and back on I-75 many, many times (I don't even know how many)
Now that we have our travel trailer, we would like to 'meander' up to Tennessee from the Tampa Bay area. I have a cousin in the Tallahassee and we could visit, then go up through Alabama or Georgia.
Is there anything in either state that we might enjoy stopping by for a few days on our way up?
I did think of Helen, GA, but that's about it.
We are going to Crossville, TN, we'll be in the mountains there, so maybe not go to the N. GA mtns
Thanks for ideas and help.


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Old 07-02-2011, 06:23 AM   #2
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Maybe try I-95 to I-26 to I-40 to TN ... Stop in Asheville NC you'll love it... D

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If you choose to traverse northern AL you might plan a stop in Huntsville where there is a significant NASA space museum.
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:26 PM   #5
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I've done Tampa to Crossville and back and much prefer to meander. Here's how I go..

Up the Suncoast Parkway to the end, then west to US 19 south of Homosassa. US 19 to US 98, west on 98 at Perry. Stop for the night at Newport Campground (Wakulla County park).
Head west on 98, then turn north on SR 363, Woodville Highway. Approaching Tallahassee, turn west on Capital Circle SW and go around the west side of Tallahassee. Don't even think of going through Tallahassee; it's a jammed up traffic mess.
Continue on Capital Circle, crossing US 90 and I-10, and join US 27 near Lake Jackson. You're going to pretty much stay on 27 on into Tennessee. You may want to take a few bypasses; definitely take the I-185 bypass around the east side of Columbus. The tour of downtown Columbus is really boring and slow. <g>
Just plug along on 27 through Chattanooga and once you get across the river be sure you head north on 27, _not_ US 127.
Turn west on TN 111 (4-lane) to cross the ridges, then head north on US 127 on into Crossville.
This is a slow, meandering peaceful route, of course passing through many small towns; it's not something to do if you're in a hurry. There are many Georgia state parks along or very nearby US 27 and they're all first-rate.
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:37 PM   #6
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Great ideas.
We'll look for things to stop and do going up Eastern AL and Western GA.
NASA in Huntsville sounds interesting as well. I've driven by it several times , so now may be a good time to stop.
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I wouldn't attempt to pull your trailer there but Highlands North Carolina is absolutely breathtaking. A drive under waterfall, a large one you can walk under (if you can do the hundred steps down) and another that falls off the edge of a huge lake like a giant infinity pool. The drive up is hairy by eastern standards (for the passenger at least) but very scenic. When you reach the top, there is a cute little touristy town with a great ice cream parlor. There are several campgrounds in the area and it's within an hour of Helen Ga.
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Back on May 22nd, member rray32539 gave me this route here. I think it is a good one. He said may people coming from the north use it to go to the Destin, Fl beaches areas.

I-75 north to I-10 west
I-10 west to Florida State Road 85 north
State Road 85 north to Alabama State Road 55 north
State Road 55 north to U.S. 31 north
U.S. 31 north to Alabama State Road 106 west
State Road 106 west to I-65.
I-65 to Tenn.

The stretch from north of Crestview, Florida to Andalusia, Alabama is two lane, but little traffic. The route from Andalusia, Alabama to Georgiana, Alabama and I-65 is four lane, 65 mph speed limit, no stopping for small town traffic lights. You also avoid Dothan, Al also, which has a Lot of traffic lights.
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Thanks for the ideas.
We may even go over to Biloxi and/or New Orleans then up through Mississippi.
Just thinking right now.

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Stone Mountain in Georgia, is a great stop over. Nice RV park. I was there this spring. They have a cable car ride, up and down the mountain.
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If you take the Columbus Ga. route, stay in Pine Mountain Ga. on US27 at Pine Mountain Resort and visit Callaway Gardens.

Great place to spend a day or two.

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