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Old 10-07-2017, 09:54 AM
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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Take I-94 east, get on a boat in the Detroit River. Go through Lake Erie, then the Welland Canal, into Lake Ontario, onto the St. Lawrence River, take the Atlantic down the east coast to Miami. Or, I suppose you could take 23 down to Toledo and skip the Detroit River portion. It would be a pre-cruise cruise.

More seriously, the route reed303 posted is probably your best bet. My dad's best friend lived in Mississippi my whole life, so we made many, many Michigan to Mississippi trips. I-65 was one of the routes we took, and while it has been quite a while and I don't remember much, I know it was flat. It wasn't until I was in middle school and we drove to Orlando that I had ever driven through mountains. I freaked out- as in practically a panic attack.
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Old 10-24-2017, 10:34 PM
Location: Land of Ill Noise
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Originally Posted by shanv3 View Post
Take Amtrak..I think there is a route from Chicago to FL.
Amtrak used to operate a train called the Floridian, but it was eliminated LONG ago. Nowadays, probably the most direct way you could go to Florida via Amtrak would be to take the Capitol Limited to Washington, DC, then take one of the 2 Silver service trains(either the Silver Meteor or Silver Star, many prefer the Meteor as it has full dining service) to Florida.

You can research Amtrak regional and long distance train schedules a lot more, on this site. If you don't mind you'll be traveling on the train for several days, and also the risk of unpredictable freight train delays in parts, it's a great and underrated way to travel! And unlike flying, I love that there are occasional stops where you can step off the train to stretch, and(for those who smoke) designated 'smoking stops' where you can do so on the platform every few hours. Anyway, it's on this page under Capitol Limited, and also Silver Service/Palmetto:


And as for train arrival and departure delays for scheduled Amtrak trains, this site is a good way to look up the average delays for each train arriving into various stops. Data is regularly updated onto this site, and you can check on time train arrival data as recently or look up data from several years back. All you need to know is the 3 letter code for the station(s) you're interested in, and also the train number(s) you'll be riding on:

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