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Old 07-14-2015, 04:15 AM
 
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Hey all, I'm new to this forum and don't know if this is the right place to post this but I'm assuming it is. Anyways, I'm going to be going on a road trip soon (next week-ish) with some family to the southern states from Northern California. We only have about a week and a half to 2 weeks and I was wondering if this is going to be enough time to first of all get there, and then be able to stay in some places for a bit and come back? If anyone's had any experience with driving from Cali to the South please let me know! I'd also like to know about driving times, best places to stop along the way, estimates of how long I'll have to get there and be able to come back on time etc etc, thanks!
Edit: We plan to visit Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, and possibly Georgia

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Old 07-14-2015, 05:18 AM
 
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Hey all, I'm new to this forum and don't know if this is the right place to post this but I'm assuming it is. Anyways, I'm going to be going on a road trip soon (next week-ish) with some family to the southern states from Northern California. We only have about a week and a half to 2 weeks and I was wondering if this is going to be enough time to first of all get there, and then be able to stay in some places for a bit and come back? If anyone's had any experience with driving from Cali to the South please let me know! I'd also like to know about driving times, best places to stop along the way, estimates of how long I'll have to get there and be able to come back on time etc etc, thanks!
Edit: We plan to visit Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, and possibly Georgia

Going from San Fran to Atlanta is going to take you minimum 3 days driving each way so thats 6 days of your allotted time already gone,doesnt leave much time to visit much in Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, and Georgia,Guarantee you gonna be sick of driving by the time you get home..
Thats my take.
Welcome to the forum newtraveler.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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San Fran to ATL, (OP doesn't say where in 'Northern Cali'), is at least 3 days of driving, 12 hours a day.
Add in gas/rest room stops, lunch, traffic, weather, and "Oh, let's pull off the interstate and see that", and it is more realistically 4 full days each way.

8 days consumed going and return of the "week and a half to 2 weeks"... and there is not going to be much seeing stuff, other than looking out the window at ~75 mph on the interstate. But, people do it all the time.

If the trip is a destination to some point 'in the South', I would rec'd flying, (and I don't fly much anymore unless it's over an ocean), but OP may have own reasons for driving that far, in that short of a time frame.
GL, mD
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:53 AM
 
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+1 to all the above. In addition, the 3-4 days each way is based on staying on the Interstates. I don't know too much about Alabama or Georgia, but I can assure you, in Tennessee and Arkansas, if you get off the interstate, many of the roads will be a max of 45-50 miles an hour, assuming you don't have a flatlander in front of you doing 20mph on hills and curves on a two-lane road with no passing.

Looks to me like you'll get an average of 1 day per state due to drive time. Personally, I'd pick one state and go for more time there and less time driving to and from other places. If you are meeting family who live in different areas, perhaps you could ask them to meet at a central location.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:09 AM
 
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I live in Florida and have driven from Orlando to Napa and back. We stopped for a half or full day in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Anaheim, LA, San Francisco, Napa, and Sonoma. The rest was non-stop driving, typically 16 hours a day with hotels along I-10. We were gone 12 days. In all honesty you won't have much time to explore.

I would not do it again in that time frame. Period. If I had 3-4 weeks, sure. You won't be able to do this with under 2.5 weeks and make it worth all the driving. We did it with two experienced drivers who do a lot of distance driving on a regular basis, and it was still exhausting.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:59 AM
 
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Take plane, rent car
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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+1 to all the above. In addition, the 3-4 days each way is based on staying on the Interstates. I don't know too much about Alabama or Georgia, but I can assure you, in Tennessee and Arkansas, if you get off the interstate, many of the roads will be a max of 45-50 miles an hour, assuming you don't have a flatlander in front of you doing 20mph on hills and curves on a two-lane road with no passing.

Looks to me like you'll get an average of 1 day per state due to drive time. Personally, I'd pick one state and go for more time there and less time driving to and from other places. If you are meeting family who live in different areas, perhaps you could ask them to meet at a central location.
^^^^^^^^what he said. WHAT is it that you want to see in the South? Do you want to explore Faulkner's Oxford MS? Thomas Wolfe's Asheville? The Outer Banks where the Wright Brothers took flight? New Orleans? Pick one place and do it right. Have a wonderful trip!.
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:27 PM
 
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No, it's not long enough to drive that far and back in 1.5 weeks. I drove from Atlanta to LA and it took a week just to drive. I only drove about 6 hours a day though. But keep in mind it's 2700 miles.

There's also nothing worth seeing 80% of the time. It's just roads and dirt fields or grass fields most of the way.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:51 PM
 
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There's also nothing worth seeing 80% of the time. It's just roads and dirt fields or grass fields most of the way.
Reminds me of a Charles Kuralt quote
"Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything."
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Old 07-16-2015, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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That is SO true!
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