If you hate I-4, trying to get there any other way will really set you off.
Go before or after rush hour.
from North Tampa you could drive north to SR50 and make your way through the backwoods, or a bit further to Bushnell and take the Turnpike (adding tolls) but you'll nearly double your travel time, which will do nothing to reduce stress.
I would try and get over not liking the I4 otherwise you wil be driving forever
I find I it an easy drive along the I4 certainly after 4hrs on the M6 on Saturday and Sunday its a breeze
I opened this because after reading the title I thought to myself 'why the h@!! would you do that'. Like it or not it's easy and fast. Don't rush in the morning, leave after you check out, set your cruise control, and go.
Honestly, while there are plenty routes to Tampa that avoid I-4, there aren't any I'd recommend because of the length of time they'd take. I4 is the best bet.
While there are many people who recommend other routes, I think the stress of driving round uncharted waters so to speak , would be more than just a bit of planning, as stated, the area around Tampa is a bit congested , but no more than our motorways, so relax and plan it around rush hr
I agree. It would take for ever, and drive you more crazy than I4. Just leave early, and not be in a hurry, and just take your time. That is the least stressful way.
Thanks for the advice. I guess I'll just leave a little early and not be a woose.
SR 92 is an alternarte route that goes down that way. If you absolutely didn't want to take I-4, that would probably be the way to go. I took it about 30 years ago and it was a very nice drive, but I expect it has far more traffic lights and traffic now.
Hwy 92 would be stop and go until well after Lakeland these days, as it's become heavily built up that entire distance. You'd give up and go home because after 2 hours you still wouldn't be past Lakeland.