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STL to Destin, best route

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STL to Destin, best route

I have Googled and searched this site but was hoping to get more up-to-date information for our upcoming road trip to Destin. I should clarify that we're staying in Seaside so it's a little further east than Destin.

It seems there are a couple of options...

1) 55 south to Memphis and then down through MS (Hattiesburg)

2) 55 south to Memphis and then over to Birmingham and then south on 65

3) 64 to 24 to Nashville and then south on 65

Has anyone done the drive very recently and can update me on construction and road closures?

We are planning on making it a 2-day drive as we have a 2 and 4 year old in tow!

Oh, and we are leaving TOMORROW!! :)

Thanks!

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1. Re: STL to Destin, best route

We have drove route #2 the last 2 years and recommend that over the Nashville route.

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2. Re: STL to Destin, best route

I'm not sure about the other routes, but just FYI, I65 around the Nashville area is always a mess, so I would make sure you're not driving through within 2 hours of rush hour. Also, the CMA Music Festival is going on here right now, so you may just want to avoid the whole area if you can (unless you want to stop and check out some country music). Hope that helps a little.

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3. Re: STL to Destin, best route

We have taken all 3 routes to Destin. Not sure one is any better than the other normally. I hate the Nashville route because of traffic and non-ending construction, but my husband prefers that route. Figures.

Someone very recently, like in the last week, said 65 S, beginning at the 130 mile marker, has some serious road construction. You would need that highway for 2 of your routes.

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4. Re: STL to Destin, best route

If you want to skip the I65 road work south of Montgomery, you could get off on 331.

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5. Re: STL to Destin, best route

If I get off at the Georgiana exit, will I miss some of that?

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7. Re: STL to Destin, best route

Mile marker 130 is before Georgiana.

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8. Re: STL to Destin, best route

take the 331 you can haul you kno what

on that road ...evansville to pcb in under 9.5 hours stopping for gas twice ;-0

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9. Re: STL to Destin, best route

skylar, I mapquested the Evanville route and it shows nearly 13 hours. I also did not see a 331 highway ??

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10. Re: STL to Destin, best route

Hwy 331 is out of Montgomery to South Walton (east of Destin)

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