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Old 05-12-2014, 07:12 AM   #1
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Louisville KY to Savannah which route??

Heading South to Tybee Island GA outside Savannah.

Google maps show 2 routes with similar mileage and drive times.
Which do you like??

Eastern route is Louisville to Lexington to Asheville to Columbia to Savannah.
I 75 - I 40 - I 26 - I 95

Western route is Louisville to Nashville to Atlanta to Macon to Savannah
I 65 - I 75 - I 16

We plan to travel on weekends not weekday so Atlanta traffic should be
less but it's never great....
I like the eastern route but have I heard bad things about I 95 here???

Suggestions and opinions appreciated!

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Old 05-12-2014, 07:30 AM   #2
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just went to kentucky from waycross ga, went 441 to dublin ga and from there 16 to 75 not bad at all, roads were all pretty good, atlanta is always a problem. went right trough on 75 and was not too bad.

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Old 05-17-2014, 09:15 PM   #3
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The best way is Nashville, Chattanooga, Atlanta (not in rush hour), Macon and over. It's pretty interesting driving until you leave Macon. From Macon to Savannah is like going from Memphis to Little Rock--nothing to see and few cities even.

Get adventurous and return home the other way.
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:26 PM   #4
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I 95 from I 26 south is good.
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:35 PM   #5
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X2 BamaMan - We ALWAYS go to Savannah via I16 - most times it is almost deserted!

DO NOT recommend rolling through Atlanta on I75 - take the bypass (285) it you must go that way...

Want to have some fun and avoid I24 from Nashville-Chattanooga? (Which I personally hate)

Stay on I65 to Huntsville, get on I565 through Huntsville (kill 2-3 hours at the Space and Rocket Center--birthplace of the US Space Program!) and get off on the US-72E Exit (to Scottsboro) AL35 to Ft Payne and then on to Rome GA. Through Rome to I75, Atlanta Bypass to Macon, I16 to Savannah.

This is one route we take.

If you like interstate driving, stay on I65S through AL to Birmingham. I65 is sorta dorked-up with construction but nothing bad - we drive it all the time with our 5er - In Birmingham, Catch I20E all the way to Atlanta, catch the bypass to I75 to Macon then I16 To Savannah.
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:45 PM   #6
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BamaBob: He was wanting to go from Louisville, KY to Savannah. Not from Huntsville. If I was going to Savannah, I'd go down to B'ham via interstate to Atlanta I-285, down to Macon and over. And you're right about it being deserted from Macon to Savannah. Just try to find a gas station even with just a couple of towns on that long stretch.

But if someone catches Atlanta outside of rush hour, they can zip straight south through downtown and be out of town lickity split. And always listen to AM-750 WMC radio for 24 hour a day traffic reports.

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