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Old 04-11-2009, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Does anyone know how to get to Michigan wothout driving through the Smokey mountains?? I drove throughthem once and about had a panic attack!! How can I avoid them without adding an extra day to our trip??

Thanks for any route help!!
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Lansing Metro
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Are you looking to completely avoid mountains altogether? This route doesn't have any huge mountains, but there are some decent-sized foothills.

I'm going to assume this will be from Atlanta...

Take I-75 North to I-24 west (towards Chattanooga).

Take I-24 towards Nashville, TN. In Nashville, get on I-65 North.

Take I-65 all the way to Indianapolis. Take the I-465 East loop around Indy to I-69 North. This will take you into Michigan, almost in the dead center of the state. This is not a bad route at all.

If you are SUPER worried about seeing any sort of elevation, you can take I-20 west from Atlanta and get on I-65 North from Birmingham, AL. You would then take I-65 all the way to Indianapolis. This route will take MUCH longer though, so I would recommend the first option if you can help it. You won't see anything as bad as the Smokies.

Also, I've taken this route and it's a lot nicer than taking I-75 to Michigan. Less traffic to deal with.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:56 PM
 
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Are you looking to completely avoid mountains altogether? This route doesn't have any huge mountains, but there are some decent-sized foothills.

I'm going to assume this will be from Atlanta...

Take I-75 North to I-24 west (towards Chattanooga).

Take I-24 towards Nashville, TN. In Nashville, get on I-65 North.

Take I-65 all the way to Indianapolis. Take the I-465 East loop around Indy to I-69 North. This will take you into Michigan, almost in the dead center of the state. This is not a bad route at all.

If you are SUPER worried about seeing any sort of elevation, you can take I-20 west from Atlanta and get on I-65 North from Birmingham, AL. You would then take I-65 all the way to Indianapolis. This route will take MUCH longer though, so I would recommend the first option if you can help it. You won't see anything as bad as the Smokies.

Also, I've taken this route and it's a lot nicer than taking I-75 to Michigan. Less traffic to deal with.
I-24 between Chattanooga and Nashville goes over a very large mountain.

So your suggestion to take I-20 west to Birmingham and then I-65 north to Nashville is probably the best suggestion.
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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hello can you please help me im trying to get to atlanta ga ,from bloomfield michigan without having to go through any mountains ,i dont care how long it takes ,thanks please advise asap ,im trying to leave in the morning.
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Old 05-22-2010, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Athens, GA (via Pittsburgh, PA)
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Get on I-65 somewhere north of the Ohio River, and take it south to Birmingham, AL. From there, get on I-20 east toward Atlanta.

Do not take I-24 for any reason. The terrain it passes over in Tennessee is even more severe than I-75.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:22 PM
 
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so i will avoid all mountains? will there be alot of hills? because im going to north carolina,but they told me to go through i75 south to i85 so i wont have to go through the mountains.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:34 PM
 
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There's a pretty big mountain on I-75 just south of the KY-TN border.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:45 PM
 
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Does anyone have a list of steepest grades along sections of interstates? I wondered what are the steepest sections along both the Eastern and Western half of the country. Don't know if the poster is worried more about grade or shear cliff off the side of the road.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:46 PM
 
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Get on I-65 somewhere north of the Ohio River, and take it south to Birmingham, AL. From there, get on I-20 east toward Atlanta.

Do not take I-24 for any reason. The terrain it passes over in Tennessee is even more severe than I-75.
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Athens, GA (via Pittsburgh, PA)
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There's a pretty big mountain on I-75 just south of the KY-TN border.
True, but not as big as the one I-24 passes over. There are also lots and lots of switchbacks between Nickajack Lake and Chattanooga.

Anyway, taking I-65 south to Birmingham and I-20 east to Atlanta will get you around the mountains for the most part. There are a few around Birmingham itself, but none too severe.
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