On the 10th, I will drive from Minnesota to Florida. Between myself, my wife, and her sister, we should be able to drive non-stop (not counting filling the tank on the car, and emptying our internal tanks).
Here is my itinerary, if you know something of interest along the route, let me know Also, I will be using Priceline for the first time to get a hotel in Pensacola.
Mar 10th: Leave Trimont, MN. Drive I-90 to I-35. Then, I don't know if I wanna go I-35 all the way to Des Moines, and hit I-80 there, or cut across IA-20 to I-380 in Waterloo. Going 20 to 380 is 65 miles shorter, but I'm assuming the speed limit is lower on IA-20. Anybody from Iowa care to enlighten me? Either way, hit I-80 in Iowa City, I-74 in Moline to Champaign, I-57 all the way to I-24 which I then follow before taking state roads to Murray, KY. Depending on how tired we are, we might take a night in Bloomington, IL.
Mar 11th: Arrive and spend the day in Murray, KY.
Mar 12th: Go from Murray to Mammoth Cave. Mapquest says to go the Western KY Parkway, but it's a lot shorter to go KY-68 all the way there. Is the Parkway really that much faster? After spending the day at Mammoth Cave, we'll hit I-65 south, which we'll follow all the way through Alabama to AL-113 which become US-29. Then we'll arrive in Pensacola.
Mar 13th-15th: Waste away in Pensacola.
Mar 15th: Leave Pensacola on I-10 to Mobile. Another option I looked at is to go along the gulf to Ft Morgan and take the Mobile Bay Ferry to Ft Gaines. Anybody driven this route before? Is it worth it? We'd then take AL-193 to Mobile. From Mobile we'd take US-98 to Hattiesburg, MS.
Mar 16th: Ceremony for the soldiers going to Iraq. My bro-in-law is one of them.
Mar 17th: Going down to New Orleans for the day. Any suggestions on what to do that is fast enough to do in a day, while still having time for boobs on Bourbon St?
Mar 18th: Start heading back home. US-49 to Jackson, MS. Then I-55 all the way to St Louis where I wanna see the Arch.
Mar 19th: Head up either I-55 to I-155 and then I-74 to I-80 and back the same way we came. Or I-70 to Kansas City and then hit I-35 all the way up to I-90.
Total distance: just over 3100 miles
Now, questions: Reading this, are there better routes to go? Keep in mind, I prefer Interstates (or other roads you can go fast) and that none of us have ever driven in those parts of the country, so no shortcuts unless they are obvious Members from the states we're going through, what are the speed limits in your states? I hope all interstates are at least 70 these days.