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Old 12-16-2007, 11:11 AM   #1
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In late January we are leaving FL to go to TX. Thought it would be a nice drive on 98 to Mobile and then catch I-10. We have about 6 days to waste and could use some input on route and things to see for 2 adults. John
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Old 12-16-2007, 11:11 AM   #2
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In late January we are leaving FL to go to TX. Thought it would be a nice drive on 98 to Mobile and then catch I-10. We have about 6 days to waste and could use some input on route and things to see for 2 adults. John
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Old 12-16-2007, 02:59 PM   #3
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Hi John,
This is a good choice, as you have the time to enjoy the route. Not knowing where you will jump on 98 I'll mention things from Tampa going North.
1. Pinellas County (West Of Tampa) From Tarpon Springs South to Fort De Soto. There are many county parks that have elevated walk ways, bike paths, kayak/canoe trails.

2. Homosassa/Crystal River area - Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Homosassa Springs State Park, Outstanding sea food restaurants. North of Crystal River (about 15 miles) there is the Florida Canal (never finished). One can walk or bike on a paved path to the Gulf.

3. Fort Walton Beach, Heritage Park & Culture Center. Artifiacts and history from 12,000 years ago through to the Civil War.

4. Pensacola - National Museum of Navel Aviation. It is located at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. There is a little known CG about 25 miles North of Pensacola. It is Farmers' Opry House & Campground, Chumuckla, Florida 850-994-6000. I recommend this CG as a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an out of the way hidden treasure. There is 30 AMP and water hookups, no sewer. If you go, go on the weekend (Friday or Saturday). For a few dollars, you get dinner and a really good show consisting of country, blue grass and gospel singing and playing. It is a nice place to base your Pensacola touring from.

This is a very high level of what is in store for you along RT 98. If you have only 6 days, you'll be back. There is too much to enjoy.

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Old 12-17-2007, 06:34 PM   #4
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John, One of our favorite campgrounds is on 98 just east of Carrabelle,FL. Ho Hum RV park is right on the water and it has terrific hosts. It is a real nice place to just sit back and relax. Enjoy your trip on 98.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:41 AM   #5
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I've used that route a couple of times since I-10 is sooo boring from Pensacola to I-75. From Perry the 1st part of that trip is pretty boring also. Just pine trees but when you get to Carabelle it gets more interesting. Before you get to Port St. Joe drop down to 30A I think it is and stay at St. Joseph SP., right on the beach. From there on just stay on 98 even thru Panama City Beach, that time of year won't be much traffic. Go on past Phillips Inlet and take 30A again, runs along the coast, really nice drive thru Seagrove and Grayton Beaches, Seaside and then just before you get back to 98 is Topsail Hill SP. Treat yourself if you can get a site. Again take the beach road on the east side of Destin and you'll have to get back on 98 at Henderson Beach SP. Really nice area, lots to see & do even in Jan. On West thru Ft. Walton Beach, not really much except coastal pines. After crossing the Pensacola Bay bridge, get off of 98 again on Fl 292 to Perdido Key, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Stay a day or so at Gulf SP. Excellent golf and the outlet mall in Foley, 5mi., good restaurants throughout the area. When leaving take a left on 98 again in Foley and follow it on to Fairhope and Daphne where you meet up w/I-10. After going thru Mobile at Theodore take US90W toward Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis, pretty humbling even after 2+yrs since Katrina. Then when you get to Louisiana, again take US90 again on toward Lafayette. The food improves greatly when you cross the state line and gets better all the way, Lafayette has better restaurants than New Orleans. You're not gonna eat like that in Chicago.
Hope I've helped you waste those 6 days and isn't it nice to be able to waste them.
Merry Christmas
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All of the above is right on. Just before you roll in to Mobile a nice stop is the USS Alabama.
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