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Old 10-10-2019, 01:34 PM   #1
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Minnesota to Florida in November

This form was so helpful last year on our trip to Utah!

This year we are heading to Florida for November 1st and thinking of getting down to Chattanooga. 94 to 39, 57, 24. I did a search but no new updates on using 27 to head south and avoiding Atlanta. We are headed to I75 to get to central Florida. Any advise?

Also looking for campgrounds near some historical sites - (are they open this time of year?).

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Old 10-10-2019, 02:05 PM   #2
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Winter is about to make an appearance in your area this weekend. It's hard to tell what will be there by Nov. 1
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:07 PM   #3
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Anything historical that I can think of isn't historical and/or on your way like the Lorraine Motel/National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis or Mammoth Cave (which isn't historical, but still really neat). Same with St. Louis- the Arch isn't historical but is pretty neat, especially the engineering of the elevators to follow the curve of the arch. Huntsville has the Space Center.
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:54 PM   #4
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We are used to heading out to warmer weather in mid-January so we know the weather up our way for sure. Not looking good for this weekend. I just wasn't sure about weather near Chattanooga/Atlanta area. I thought there was some battleground sites around that area?
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:14 PM   #5
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There's a battlefield in Chattanooga. East of Atlanta is Stone Mt.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:36 PM   #6
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We really liked Harrison Bay State Park. It's a little north Of Chattanooga, but nice and quiet, and close enough to visit everything in the Chattanooga area (Lookout Mountain, Rock City, etc).
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Old 10-10-2019, 07:06 PM   #7
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From Ohio to FL

I've been somewhat documenting my trip from Ohio to FL in the Eastern USA thread. Not sure if there's any info you can use. Mostly I-71, I75 thru ATL.
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Old 10-10-2019, 07:29 PM   #8
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There are several historic battlefield sites in Georgia... Chickamauga is just south of Chattanooga in NW Georgia, Kennesaw Mountain and Pickett's Mill are west of Atlanta. Further south there is the Andersonville National Historic Site and National Cemetery, which also has a National POW Museum.
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Old 10-11-2019, 06:47 AM   #9
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hrqueen, the route that you describe taking is the one that we take all the time going from Florida to Wisconsin and back. That route avoids Chicago and Indy, the 2 cities I consider the worst to drive near, thru, whatever. As far as Atlanta is concerned, we always drive thru the city on I-75. I just make sure to fill up before getting to Atlanta & then get in the HOV lane, going north or south, and blow thru there without a problem. You don't want to take any exits from the HOV lane. This lane takes you completely thru Atlanta without a lot of traffic trying to merge into your lane. We've been taking this route for the last 40 + years and it has never failed us.
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Old 10-11-2019, 07:52 AM   #10
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Are you in a hurry? If not, avoid Atlanta. Instead of taking I-24 toward Chattanooga, take I-65 to Birmingham, AL. Then take US-280 (through Columbus, GA) to I-75. The roads are almost all 4 lanes and decent traveling. It bypasses the craziness of Atlanta traffic, which continues to be a nightmare! this route may add about 30-40 minutes to the trip, but your psyche will appreciate it.

Atlanta built a stadium right at the I-75/I-285 interchange, they continue to do a lot of work on the roads, and if there is an accident anywhere, you will end up sitting for more than 30-40 minutes, anyway.
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Old 10-11-2019, 08:30 AM   #11
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Can't help you with camprounds around Atlanta since we always stay with our son and DIL but some sites to see are:
Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama at the Atlanta History Center.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

Less historical but interesting just the same:
World of Coca-Cola and Victory Burger.
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There is a really good RV Park in Perry, GA (about 1.5 hours south of Atlanta) called Fair Harbor RV Park. Most sites are large and fairly quiet, even being close to I-75.
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Should have read with my glasses on... campgrounds!

When near Chattanooga, we usually stay at a State Park campground. I like DeSoto State Park on the Alabama side of Lookout Mountain. Recently re-done with full hookups! This would be close to the Chickamauga Battlefield. Yes that campground should be open.

I know there's a KOA in Cartersville, GA along I-75... that's about 30 minutes north of Kennesaw Battlefield. There is also a State Park about 10 minutes closer to Kennesaw... Red Top Mountain. Both should be open.

I have also heard good things about Fair Harbor that ben31 mentions above.

I can recommend a State Park near Andersonville... Georgia Veterans.

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Should have read with my glasses on... campgrounds!

When near Chattanooga, we usually stay at a State Park campground. I like DeSoto State Park on the Alabama side of Lookout Mountain. Recently re-done with full hookups! This would be close to the Chickamauga Battlefield. Yes that campground should be open.

I know there's a KOA in Cartersville, GA along I-75... that's about 30 minutes north of Kennesaw Battlefield. There is also a State Park about 10 minutes closer to Kennesaw... Red Top Mountain. Both should be open.

I have also heard good things about Fair Harbor that ben31 mentions above.

I can recommend a State Park near Andersonville... Georgia Veterans.

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Red Top Mountain is nice. However, it depends on how big your rig is. If you don't get one of the pull-through sites near the front, the rest road is heavily treed and quite tight and windy. Not for the feint of heart. It is a great park, but the camping area is pretty old, so not laid out well for larger RVs.

Georgia Veterans State Park, accessible via the Cordele exit off I-75. It is also a very nice park, on a large lake. Lots of large sites, both pull-through and back-in.

FYI, for a great resource for finding campsites all over the US, visit campgroundreviews.com I use it, whenever I am visiting someplace new. I'll pull that up and also have Google Maps open to look at the layout, etc. to pick the best campgrounds.
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:32 PM   #15
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Once you hit Florida, St Augustine is very historic. There's a lot of historic places in SW Florida and the Keys too.
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:56 PM   #16
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We went to Chattanooga stayed https://www.raccoonmountain.com/ great cavern tour ... Chattanooga has nice Aquarium .. then FDR https://gastateparks.org/FDRoosevelt and a trip to https://gastateparks.org/ProvidenceCanyon Georgia's little Grand Canyon .. then Stone Mountain https://www.stonemountainpark.com/ ... then back home to SW FL ... depending on were you are headed we use 301, 27, and 17 in Florida I 75 not bad from Macon south a lot construction in Florida I 75 ....
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Old 10-11-2019, 02:15 PM   #17
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Frank - yes..... When we go north it's always 17 27 301. I75 is a scary place these says..... even more so in South Lee and Collier counties.
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A route I used to enjoy when I was driving truck out of Minneapolis and heading to Florida is the following:
I-94 East to I-39 South to I-74 East to IN Hwy 63 South to US Hwy 150/41 South to I-24 East to I-65 South, to US Hwy 231 South to I-10 East to...wherever the heck you're going in Florida.

When you get to Henderson, KY, on US Hwy 41 South, you should jump on the Pennyrile Parkway South (rather than staying on 41) and take that to I-24.

I used to really enjoy this route because of the scenery and all the history. For example, check out Franklin, TN. Whichever route you choose, have a great trip!!
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Old 10-11-2019, 03:00 PM   #19
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We go thru Indy, Nashville, Montgomery, Dothan, and then thru Tallahassee , to lake city and then 75 south to Lakeland! No mountains and dw loves it!
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Old 10-11-2019, 03:38 PM   #20
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Weíre from SE TN and have taken Us27/Us19 to central Fl many times to avoid Atlanta..We exit I-75 5outh of Chattanooga at Ga exit 3 (SR151) to get to 27. South of Columbus,Ga we pickup Us 19. East of Tallahassee 19 joins back with 27. This will take you to Ocala and I-75. Itís 4 lane most of the way and easy driving.If you need a easy overnight stop there is a rv park where I-10 and 19 cross Itís all PT,FHU. Basically self service,clean and cheap and fills up early. A Stones Throw RV Park.
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