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Old 04-13-2009, 07:04 AM
 
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Default Quickest route Charleston, SC to Tampa area?

We are traveling from Charleston, SC to the Tampa area, and would like to take the quickest route possible.

We've drive down before, and took 295 to 301 to 75 to 275 (from Jacksonville to Tampa). There were a lot of small towns on 301, though, and the speed dropped dramatically a number of times.

So would the driving time be less if we took 295 to 10 to 75 to 275 instead. It looks likes this route is more miles, for sure, but if the speed limit is higher, it may be worth it.

This is not a sight-seeing trip, so we really just want the route that will get us to the Tampa area as quick as possible. Any suggestions?

Thanks a lot.
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:26 AM
 
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We are traveling from Charleston, SC to the Tampa area, and would like to take the quickest route possible.

We've drive down before, and took 295 to 301 to 75 to 275 (from Jacksonville to Tampa). There were a lot of small towns on 301, though, and the speed dropped dramatically a number of times.

So would the driving time be less if we took 295 to 10 to 75 to 275 instead. It looks likes this route is more miles, for sure, but if the speed limit is higher, it may be worth it.

This is not a sight-seeing trip, so we really just want the route that will get us to the Tampa area as quick as possible. Any suggestions?

Thanks a lot.
It takes longer to go out on I-10 all the way to I-75. I've compared the driving times twice. The way you are going is good- also another option that actually takes about the same time is I-95 to I-4. The one caveat there is that downtown Orlando can be particularly prone to traffic during the afternoon.
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:34 AM
 
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Default Angler...

Thanks for the reply. We will be driving at night, and I've heard there are a lot of speed traps on 301. Is this anything to worry about? In your experience, how long does it take to get from Jacksonville to Tampa on 301 vs. 10?
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:34 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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I always do the 301 route through Waldo, the speed trap capital of Florida. AS long as you dont get pulled over, it is the quickest route from those areas to Tampa.
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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I always do the 301 route through Waldo, the speed trap capital of Florida. AS long as you dont get pulled over, it is the quickest route from those areas to Tampa.
I think I-10 to I-4 to 75, etc. is the best. It may be more miles but it's interstate all the way and easy traveling. We always did this when we went to our vacation home in Asheville, NC. Cutting across the state going through Waldo, etc. is a nightmare - we used to do that but never again.
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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I think you are saying take 95 south to I-4, and cut across Orlando. Is that right?
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:48 PM
 
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I think you are saying take 95 south to I-4, and cut across Orlando. Is that right?
Yes! (Sorry, I'm kind of bad with directions sometimes...
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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We just came back from Tampa to Virginia last night/this morning. We took 301 down to 75 and on the way back came up 75 to Gainsville and then over to 301 because it looked like more interstate/less small towns. Next time we will stick with 301 all the way to 75 and the same way back. It flows better. Coming through Gainsville to 301 we hit EVERY single red light. And yes, we seen a lot of pull overs in the Waldo area. There's even a big billboard going S. into Waldo that warns of Speedtraps. But other then the slowdowns going through the little towns, it did flow smoothly.
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:43 PM
 
Location: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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Here is your quickest route.

Total Estimated Time: 7 hours 9 minutes
Total Estimated Distance: 432.97 miles
Total Estimated Fuel Cost: $43.25

Most other ways were above 450 miles.

Here is a link you can use and adjust to your need.

I also do not like driving through Waldo, someone posted here they got a ticket recently going 46 in a 45.

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Charleston&1s=SC&1a=[900-938]+Main+St&1z=29407&1y=US&1l=32.791649&1g=-79.9851&1v=STREET&2c=Tampa&2s=FL&2a=[700-799]+Main+St&2z=33607&2y=US&2l=27.9574&2g=-82.46715&2v=STREET


I have been down this road many times myself going from Myrtle Beach to Florida. For some reason Savannah was always to slow down area for us.
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:59 AM
 
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If I were driving at night I'd do the I-95/I-4 route. Daytime I'd go through Waldo and Gainesville, and mind the speed traps. At night the back route has too many things that jump out at you: deer, police cars...
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