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Old 05-08-2012, 08:36 PM   #1051
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For the person in MN 26 hours is about right if you don't hit any traffic or problems. I have made the trip from Northern IL near the WI border every year and it is about 21 hours from here and Minneapolis is about 5 hours from us. HTH.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:46 AM   #1053
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Wondering if anyone has driven from Minnesota (Twin Cities)? I did a search and found someone who was considering it from northern MN.

Google maps say it is a 26 hour drive, just curious if that is accurate or not. We've driven from MN to NM several times and from MN to TX, as well.

Has anyone done a drive like that straight through? Is it worth it?
I would think 26hrs would leave you to exhausted to do anything the first day. My drive is 16+hrs and I've alway done it in 2 days. I time it so I arrive a WDW around 12-1pm.

Note: Watch your timing when going through Atlanta,GA. Avoid rushhour if possible!
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:30 PM   #1055
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Only 121 days until I head out for my first Disney World road trip! One question that I've been meaning to ask. I'm coming from Wisconsin, taking 57-24-75. Where will I end up driving through mountains, and just how "mountain-y" is it? I'm not worried at all, just trying to manage my expectations. Thanks!
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:39 PM   #1056
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We are two ships passing in the night, we are driving June 8th when dgs gets out of school in the morning. Wish it were earlier, but at Kindergarten he does not want to miss the last day, the whole 90 minutes.

Weather looks like 87* to 89* with scattered thunderstorms. I keep watching the temps praying they are no more then 86* lower then normal for June.
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Only 121 days until I head out for my first Disney World road trip! One question that I've been meaning to ask. I'm coming from Wisconsin, taking 57-24-75. Where will I end up driving through mountains, and just how "mountain-y" is it? I'm not worried at all, just trying to manage my expectations. Thanks!
On the route you are taking - they start around Mounteagle and end around Chattanooga. We don't think the mountains are that bad although for trucks with a 4 to 6% grade, they can be hazardous. We think that driving through Nashville with 4 lane switches as interstates merge and demerge in a short span is much worse.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:37 AM   #1058
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We are planning the big drive fron southern mn in June! Can't wait!
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:12 AM   #1059
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We are leaving at 2PM from the Wilkes Barre PA area. Does anyone know of a nice hotel to stay at on the way down? The half way point would be good. I was thinking about the Columbia area. Is that a good spot? Any help would be appreciated.

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On the route you are taking - they start around Mounteagle and end around Chattanooga. We don't think the mountains are that bad although for trucks with a 4 to 6% grade, they can be hazardous. We think that driving through Nashville with 4 lane switches as interstates merge and demerge in a short span is much worse.
Thank you! I just checked that stretch on Google maps, and it is only about 45 miles between the two cities. That's not bad at all. I was expecting more. I'll just have to make sure my wife is awake during that part of the drive, both so she can enjoy driving through the mountains and also for a 2nd pair of eyes to keep us safe.
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Can someone tell me how much the tolls are coming from the direction of Atlanta? We're driving in a couple of weeks and I want to make sure I have enough change.
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Thank you! I just checked that stretch on Google maps, and it is only about 45 miles between the two cities. That's not bad at all. I was expecting more. I'll just have to make sure my wife is awake during that part of the drive, both so she can enjoy driving through the mountains and also for a 2nd pair of eyes to keep us safe.
You will be UP and DOWN Monteagle Mtn in about 15 minutes.. the rest of the 40 mile stretch to Chattanooga is basically flat.. no mtn driving.
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We are leaving at 2PM from the Wilkes Barre PA area. Does anyone know of a nice hotel to stay at on the way down? The half way point would be good. I was thinking about the Columbia area. Is that a good spot? Any help would be appreciated.

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Hello from Wilkes Barre area, Not a pro to know where Columbia is, but I know on the mid point just south of South of the Border, we stayed in Florence SC. at one of the Fairfield Inn's. Great breakfast in the morning to get on the road and beds were wonderful. I think it was about $70 a night from Hotwire, but clerk took the hotwire rate. We did not know how far we would make it to make adv ressie.

I recenlty was out in Brookville, PA west on I 80 and stayed at a Super 8 for bus trip and for a coupon in the travel book at a rest stop, the bed was okay, room clean but dated.

Leaving on June 8th from 309 S of Wilkes Barre,
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We flew in March and driving in June, all I could think of on the direct flight Harrisburg to MCO 2 hrs was, thank goodness, we are not driving.

I am a huge are we there yet, even an hour trip to Allentown last Sunday, I was ants in the pants....dd gave me her I pad to play Bejeweled Blitz. I suspect to be getting a Mothers Day gift of my own I pad for our drive next month.

I had to work in western PA almost to Erie last week, 5.5 hr drive out, and had to spend the night, could not do the drive back to Wilkes Barre area. I think a lot of it is the bad back....hips, knee, fibromyagia...carpal tunnel, you name it.
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