For those folks driving!

Nsaudra

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We are leaving kansas city, where do you all stop for the night. Last time we stopped north Atlanta and I think that was too far, but it was nice the second day. I was thinking of trying somewhere between Nashville and Chattanooga. I need to keep the hotel price down so maybe staying away from the big cities
 

SL6827

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Apr 23, 2017
We are leaving kansas city, where do you all stop for the night. Last time we stopped north Atlanta and I think that was too far, but it was nice the second day. I was thinking of trying somewhere between Nashville and Chattanooga. I need to keep the hotel price down so maybe staying away from the big cities
Chattanooga is nice. Do the Hamilton Place area.
 
  • macraven

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    I’d go just past the 24/75 merge and drive 15 more minutes and get a room
    off exit 350 in Ringgold

    Or drive 20 minutes from exit 350 longer and stay in Dalton
     

    SL6827

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    I’d go just past the 24/75 merge and drive 15 more minutes and get a room
    off exit 350 in Ringgold

    Or drive 20 minutes from exit 350 longer and stay in Dalton
    Just curious, are you from this area, or just know this area? I live about 25 minutes from Ringgold.
     

    macraven

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    I know this area as it bottle necks when 24 and 75 merge at the junction

    It will be a mess when the construction starts next year

    Not looking forward to the traffic slow down that will happen then
     
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    BelleRose96

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    We will be driving from Houston, TX area. We have always flown before. We now have 2 special needs kids and have more stuff, so we are driving. I hope it is a smart choice.

    Leslie
     
  • Mikey15

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    We will be driving from Houston, TX area. We have always flown before. We now have 2 special needs kids and have more stuff, so we are driving. I hope it is a smart choice.

    Leslie
    That doesn't look like a bad drive at all. I-10 -> I-12 to bypass NOLA -> I-10 -> I-75 -> FL Turnpike. You can detour as much or as little along the Gulf coast as you want to.
     

    rg35

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    Decided to stop in Savannah, lots of options there and we will have a shorter drive to Disney in the AM. I booked Springhill Suites near the airport.
    We stopped over in Savannah last year (driving from NYC) and liked it. We didn't do much aside from getting ice cream at Leopold's and walked around a bit though.

    We stayed at the Hampton Inn Midtown which was good. This year we're staying in the Hampton Inn in the historic district. Hampton Inn is probably my favorite moderately priced national chain.

    The first two years we drove down we stopped in Santee, SC, but in 2017 we were going to Legoland first and wanted to cover more ground on Day 1 since Legoland is about 45 minutes farther south from WDW. We liked having less driving to do on Day 2 so we decided to stop over in Savannah again for our trip later this year.
     

    goofy4tink

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    Ok, yes I can google it but there are a ton of folks here who have personal experience. So, I'm asking for those experiences.
    My dd is planning on moving home (she's a CM), from Kissimmee. We will use a pod type thing to move all her stuff. She has some furniture but not a ton, just many, many boxes. I will already be there, planned a stay a long time ago. It's too expensive to ship the car, and she won't have it for awhile, and she needs it once at home. So, it will probably be my dh, dd, myself, and dd's cat, in the car. With that in mind, which route do you all suggest? 95 straight through, or the one further west? I'll be doing most of the driving (my dh's driving makes me crazy!!! And dd will be dealing with the cat in the back seat!!). Plan on taking two days to do it. Thoughts?
     
  • OKW Lover

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    With that in mind, which route do you all suggest? 95 straight through, or the one further west? I
    Diane, as you know Val & I did that drive several times when looking for a home in Orlando and ultimately moving here. Without a doubt, take the "inland" route going north. There is no way you can avoid serious city traffic issues going north on I-95. Our preferred route was I-95 north to I-26 and I-77 toward Charlotte. Then on to I-81 until past Harrisburg. From there we would get on I-84 to cross the rest of PA and NY north of NYC. :drive:
     

    goofy4tink

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    Diane, as you know Val & I did that drive several times when looking for a home in Orlando and ultimately moving here. Without a doubt, take the "inland" route going north. There is no way you can avoid serious city traffic issues going north on I-95. Our preferred route was I-95 north to I-26 and I-77 toward Charlotte. Then on to I-81 until past Harrisburg. From there we would get on I-84 to cross the rest of PA and NY north of NYC. :drive:
    Thanks Jeff! Exactly what I needed.
     

    rg35

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    Diane, as you know Val & I did that drive several times when looking for a home in Orlando and ultimately moving here. Without a doubt, take the "inland" route going north. There is no way you can avoid serious city traffic issues going north on I-95. Our preferred route was I-95 north to I-26 and I-77 toward Charlotte. Then on to I-81 until past Harrisburg. From there we would get on I-84 to cross the rest of PA and NY north of NYC. :drive:
    Ehh. We've driven to WDW three times to/from NYC and always take 95. We leave NYC at around 4am on a Saturday and that allows us to pretty much miss all the mid-atlantic traffic hotspots. We've never had any traffic whatsoever in SC/NC/GA.

    Coming home we leave WDW fairly early, around 6AM (usually on a saturday) and haven't typically had any issues, even going through D.C.

    I think a lot of traffic on 95 can be avoided on weekends and proper timing. I concede that during weekday rush hours it's probably miserable.
     

    goofy4tink

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    Ehh. We've driven to WDW three times to/from NYC and always take 95. We leave NYC at around 4am on a Saturday and that allows us to pretty much miss all the mid-atlantic traffic hotspots. We've never had any traffic whatsoever in SC/NC/GA.

    Coming home we leave WDW fairly early, around 6AM (usually on a saturday) and haven't typically had any issues, even going through D.C.

    I think a lot of traffic on 95 can be avoided on weekends and proper timing. I concede that during weekday rush hours it's probably miserable.
    That's going to be my issue. We may be able to travel only during the week. If I could leave on Friday morning, and drive to Rocky Mount for the night, then leave around 6am on Sat morning, it might be okay.
     

    Disneyfan754321

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    We will be driving from Houston, TX area. We have always flown before. We now have 2 special needs kids and have more stuff, so we are driving. I hope it is a smart choice.

    Leslie
    We have a special needs kid as well... I do most of my driving at night so much easier. I did the first shift till 11 or so my dh drove the most after his 5 hour nap driving from midnight on.
     

    Shir Kahn

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    So I'm getting a bit nervous about our upcoming trip. We live in Winnipeg and the prices of flights are ridiculous around here right now. So I decided to book an early morning flight out of Kansas City this Saturday morning at 6:15am. My wife isn't able to get out of work until maybe 2pm on Friday. So the plan was to drive the 12 hours and 19 minutes (according to google maps) right after she was done work, getting us to KC somewhere between 2 - 3am. Now though, I29 has a large chunk shut down between Omaha and KC due to flooding. I entered the route with the detour of I80 to I35 down to KC and it bumps it up to over 14 hours! There is another route that I see on google maps that takes us through Minneapolis and it's around 13.5 hours, so I might have to change to that route. But that is going to be cutting everything pretty close! And that's even if there's no more flooding to cause us more issues! I feel really bad about all the people with the crazy flooding down there!
     

    Shughart

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    Has anyone driven from Northern IL? My husband insisted on off-site/driving this time. I'm digging off-site honestly. Not the driving. I'm trying to talk him into flying. How bad is the drive? He wants to stop and stay overnight. That's 4 travel days. That's insane to me.
     







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