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Old 11-16-2020, 07:33 PM   #1
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We are going on our first trip in our first Class A. What is the best 2 day route. Should we bypass Atlanta. Where would be a good first day stop.
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Old 11-16-2020, 07:40 PM   #2
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Yes, I would bypass Atlanta. Go Birmingham to Chattanooga. Once you get there you could look at taking some side roads but lots of small towns and slower, just depends what you want to do.
Chattanooga has a couple decent campgrounds and is a good stopping point.
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no question about it...avoid hotlanta.

a mostly interstate route would be interstates 12/59/24/75/40 to TN66. this will take you thru Birmigham, Chattanooga and Knoxville. you could bypass B'ham using I-459. if you want an overnight Tuscaloosa would be the rough halfway point.
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Old 11-16-2020, 08:49 PM   #4
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Atlanta seems out of the way to me the other route is better. We were just up in the general area a week ago at Ashville. Chattanooga can be a traffic mess but we went thru with no problem but it was Sunday.


The leaves just started to change when we were up there the trees were in the yellow phase I assume reds and oranges follow.
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Id take I55 to Jackson and get on The Natchez Trace to Nashville. Then I40 to Knoxville. Halfway point would be somewhere south of Nashville.
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If I followed the GPS and traveled I59 I would probably plan on stopping at the Hoover Met stadium for the overnight.
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I've been down that way several times and my route is I-10, I-59, I-24 (thru Chattanooga), I-75, I-40, TN-66, US-441. US-59 has little traffic and take the I-459 by-pass around Birmingham. I usually overnight at Sunset RV Park (https://sunsetrvparks.com/) near Tuscaloosa, but you may want to stop a little farther north.
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I've been down that way several times and my route is I-10, I-59, I-24 (thru Chattanooga), I-75, I-40, TN-66, US-441. US-59 has little traffic and take the I-459 by-pass around Birmingham. I usually overnight at Sunset RV Park (https://sunsetrvparks.com/) near Tuscaloosa, but you may want to stop a little farther north.

+1 on Sunset RV Parks. We just came back from N. La. and stayed there on the way down and on the way home. Nice facility - nothing fancy, but perfect for a one-nighter, and easy access to I-59.

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Id take I55 to Jackson and get on The Natchez Trace to Nashville. Then I40 to Knoxville. Halfway point would be somewhere south of Nashville.
I wouldn't go that way for a few reasons:
  • Speed limit on the Trace is 50, but slows to 40 as you get closer to Nashville.
  • No exit from Natchez Trace to I-840 bypass of Nashville.
  • No campgrounds along I-840.
  • From end of the Trace, it's all city streets to get to I-40.
  • Stay away from I-440, unless the construction is completed.
  • Driving thru Nashville on I-440 or I-40 is no fun in a class A, especially if you are towing.
I would take the route to Birmingham, then Chattanooga, then I-75 and I-40.

A few months ago, TDOT was in the midst of completely rebuilding the I-75/I-24 interchange in Chattanooga, so that may or may not be an issue.
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I've been down that way several times and my route is I-10, I-59, I-24 (thru Chattanooga), I-75, I-40, TN-66, US-441. US-59 has little traffic and take the I-459 by-pass around Birmingham. I usually overnight at Sunset RV Park (https://sunsetrvparks.com/) near Tuscaloosa, but you may want to stop a little farther north.
That's the best route, shortest too. Driving through Knoxville might be a bit tedious during rush hours.
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We are going on our first trip in our first Class A. What is the best 2 day route. Should we bypass Atlanta. Where would be a good first day stop.
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If you are a fan of the country group "Alabama" and you take I-59 stop in Fort Payne. That is were the boys are from. There is an Alabama museum and gift shop there. Right down road, about 2 minute drive, is a great BBQ place. When we were there in 2019 we went there and we actually had lunch with Jeff Cook and his wife Lisa. Great people. Jeff Cook has Parkinson's Diseases, but his wife is his greatest supporter. My wife has a music degree and was a Special education teacher, her and Jeff Cook talked about music the whole lunch time. Jeff's face just lite up when my wife and him were talking and asking him questions about the group and the museum displays.
If you stop there may you be as blessed as we were to meet and have lunch with them.
It would be a great little 1-2 hour rest stop. The BBQ Place is the name of the restaurant.

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Thanks to everyone for the great advice. I think I have settled on the I59 route through Chattanooga. Prayers and love to everyone.
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