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Old 05-29-2019, 07:31 AM   #1
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Hilton head to Traverse City... Which way???

We are in Hilton head SC and will be driving to traverse city MI and then on to upper Peninsula... anyone care to chime in which way is best? The gps spit out two ways.. I see both have mountains.. was just wondering which is better for class a diesel towing..flattest and safest with no twists n curves
Def want only interestates or like roads

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I think I-75 to M-72. Little easier on stop and go. Roads are a little smoother on west side of state.
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We traveled to Michigan from Virginia last year and will be in Ludington on Lake MI for a week or so this summer also. As this was our first trip there we took the PA and OH turnpikes. The PA turnpike has some minor mountains but up and downs weren't bad. OH was basically flat. No issues for our Class A Gas pulling a toad.

Exit in Toledo onto I280 to I75 north to Michigan. At the first exit on I280 is a Flyin J with RV lanes if you use them. You can also go a few more miles on OH turnpike to I475 and take that to US 23 which will take you "up north". Both are decent roads, US23 might have slightly less traffic.

If you do the turnpike I thought the EZ pass was the way to go and we picked up a NC EZ pass as they work with EZ Pass, Sun Pass and the Georgia Pass so it was a one stop shop.

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Old 05-30-2019, 04:56 AM   #4
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we live in central ohio, have traveled many times down thru hilton head area, and have traveled to traverse city.............the drive i would take covers numerous highways................here goes...............95 to 26 to 77 (thru columbia), 77 to cambridge ohio, 70 west to 270 around columbus, 23 north thru delaware, turns into 15 west for a short bit, pick up 75 north, 475 around toledo, 23 north, turns into 75 north, to 10, to 115, to 55 to 37, north into traverse city..............lots of highways, but easy drive.................safe travels
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Last Message was pretty much spot on. You just have to pay attention when you get off 77 and head into Ohio. Going around Columbus was cumbersome to say the least. 115 Over to Cadillac is a very scenic drive. Traverse City is a beautiful area as is Petoskey. Enjoy and safe travels
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You're not going to have big mountains.... just traffic. You can't avoid curves. Everyplace has them except maybe Kansas. We volunteered 9 seasons at Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore just west of Traverse City. Absolutely beautiful part of the country. Explore the whole peninsula! The drive all the way to Petoskey through Charlevoix is gorgeous. Hope you have plans to spend a lot of time up there!
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Last Message was pretty much spot on. You just have to pay attention when you get off 77 and head into Ohio. Going around Columbus was cumbersome to say the least. 115 Over to Cadillac is a very scenic drive. Traverse City is a beautiful area as is Petoskey. Enjoy and safe travels
det barney, you must have been referring to getting off 77 and heading up 33 to columbus......you are correct, that is a bit more confusing, but it is the SHORTEST way..............that is why i told them 77 to cambridge, then 70 west to columbus...............33 is a nice drive though.................we usually do 33, but have been driving those roads for decades....................
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I think I-75 to M-72. Little easier on stop and go. Roads are a little smoother on west side of state.
If you take US23 up to I94, you can head north on US127 at Jackson. This will normally have much less traffic than I75.
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Which way?! from myrtle Be.. to Traverse City MI

Hello everyone,, Iam original poster... I am reading everyone’s responses... and appreciated all... HOWEVER I MADE A HUGE MISTAKE!! I meant please help with directions from MYRTLE BEACH to Traverse City Michigan... UGH!

We are so trying to avoid cities yet stay only on interstates... trying to avoid any mountain driving as well.... I found from mrytle take 501 to 38 to 95 to 26 to 77..

Does this sound right? Am I going to run into hours of traffic? Thank you in advance....
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Hello everyone,, Iam original poster... I am reading everyone’s responses... and appreciated all... HOWEVER I MADE A HUGE MISTAKE!! I meant please help with directions from MYRTLE BEACH to Traverse City Michigan... UGH!

We are so trying to avoid cities yet stay only on interstates... trying to avoid any mountain driving as well.... I found from mrytle take 501 to 38 to 95 to 26 to 77..

Does this sound right? Am I going to run into hours of traffic? Thank you in advance....
bad choice.............you are going south when you want to go north if you go down 95 to 26 to 77..........you want to get to charlotte to pick up 77, not columbia................try this 501, 38, 9, 52, 74 to outerbelt round north part of charlotte, pick up 77..............then follow my previous suggestions..............
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When you go around Charlotte, be prepared for delays on the north side. I-77 from north Charlotte to Statesville, NC is a real quagmire these days.
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Use Google Maps to get choices of routes. The fastest, shortest is 1020 miles.... probably 3-4 nights if driving 300+ miles/day.

From Myrtle Beach:

I-74/I-77 to Silverton, West Virginia
Pick up 33 at the Ohio River to Columbus, Ohio
Take 270 around Columbus to 23 north
to I-75 at Findlay, Ohio
Pick up I-475 (left lane, Exit 192) to US23 north toward Ann Arbor, MI
Continue on 23 to I-75 north in Michigan
Take 72 west at Grayling, Michigan to Traverse City, MI
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You have to main north-south routes. I-77 or I-75. I have driven both (although not recently) and I would say they are about equal, but if you take I-77 you miss Atlanta.

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If you take US23 up to I94, you can head north on US127 at Jackson. This will normally have much less traffic than I75.
DISAGREE ! If you take US-23 from I-90, go all the way to where it joins I-75 near Flint. Actually I-75 to I-275 to M-14 to US-23 is not bad as long as you are not during rush hour. Friday afternoon and evening are busy northbound north of Flint, but the rest of the week it is not that bad.
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