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1. Posted by ashtongray (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi there. I am travelling through the usa in december as part of a world trip. I will be getting to Chicago on DEcember first and leaving Miami on the 2nd of January (about 1 month in total)

I am unsure as to the best way to go.... I could travel due south from Chicago untill i end up in New Orleans, then travel along the south coast going past Mobile etc.

Or i could travel from Chicago over to the east coast and then go along the east coast? Or i could go through the middle of the county??

What do you think? Where are the best places to go in this section of America? What route would you choose??


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2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Gray!

I did a similar trip last summer - moving a friend down to Florida. We didn't start from Chicago, but from Rockford, Illinois.

With Hurricane Katrina just hitting New Orleans and parts of Mississippi, I would avoid the route taking you there. Personally, I would take I-90/94 east, then I-65 toward Indianapolis, Indiana, and then I-65S (south) to Chattanooga/Knoxville. I-75 should take you all the way into Florida.

Here is a link that should help you out:
Chicago to Miami

We were in a bit of a hurry so stayed overnight in Chattanooga. We started at 6am and arrived at our destination (just outside Gainesville) the following afternoon around 3.

I'll see if I can find Zachery and ask that he respond here. He just did the trip from here to Miami in three days. He may have great suggestions for hotels, etc.

3. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

isadora thx for showing me this thread :)

Grey, depends, how many days do you plan on doing the drive in? you CAN do it in 2 days, 3 days makes it much more easier & relaxing tho

the quickest way would be thru chattanooga Tennessee, and Atlanta Georgia, and Gainesville FL, and Orlando FL, down to miami

and that also gives you some cool cities to stop in and hang out if you want

and i really didnt find any cheap hotels unfortunately, BUT i always must stay in a hotel with highspeed internet so it makes it a bit more expensive, i'm sure you could find some motel 6 or something for very cheap

lemme know if ya have any questions and i can probably help ya

4. Posted by ashtongray (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

thanks guys.:)
In actual fact i have 1 month to get from Chicago to Miami.... I was wondering what way you would go if you could choose.... either over to the east coast and down, or down to Nashville, perhaps go to indianapolis??? Which way would you go if you had a month to travel in??



5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

A month??? I am so jealous!!!

Have you traveled about the eastern seaboard yet? If not, that would be the route I would take to get to Miami. I would literally head east until I hit saltwater and then head south. With that much time, I would avoid the large interstate highways and choose to follow the state highways instead. Not only will you visit the larger cities along the way, but find some diamonds in the rough too.

East Coast Roadtrip

As an alternative, there is the Mississippi River route and it will take you into parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. But, barring another hurricane hit in that area, by the time you get there, the waters should have receded and you will get through. (I do guarantee that parts will not be pretty due to the devastation Katrina has left behind, but it will also act as a reminder of Mother Nature's force.)

Mississippi River Roadtrip

Just for fun, this site has a great listing of the "roadside attractions" for all the states. They are those quirky, odd things that you only see by staying off the beaten path. Pick a state and you just might find some gems there!

Roadside America

6. Posted by ashtongray (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

thats grat thanks,

Ive never been to the east coast before so that is what i will do.... great links as well -

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey Gray!

Glad you liked the links!

Just keep in mind that it will be quite chilly - if not just down right damn cold - heading east in December. But, most of the snow really builds up late December/early January and you should be out of major snow country by then.

Think about posting a blog here on TP as you travel south. Would love to "hear" about what you see along the way!!

8. Posted by ashtongray (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

yeah, will be cold!
I will certain post a blog as i go.
Anyway, ive planned out this route:
chicago illinois, Indianapolis indiana, Louisville kentucky, Cincinati Ohio,
Charleston west virginia, Norfolk virginia, Raleigh north carolina,
Charleston south carolina, Atlanta Georgia, Jackson ville florida, Orlando
florida, miami florida.

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

That will be a nice trip, Gray! I've seen a few of those cities - looking out their airport's window or from the plane, as they were layover stops. As we were landing in Raleigh for just such a stop, the flight attendant came over the speaker saying, "Welcome to Raleigh/Durham". It sounds like she said "Rotterdam". So, now that name has stuck for us. We also met James Burke, creator of the Connections and After the Warming series. He had just finished After the Warming and was headed to Florida too. So, we got to chat with him for a bit before boarding again. (He sat in first class, we sat in steerage.)

Anyway, have a great trip and look forward to hearing how it progresses! ;)