Are you driving to Abilene, TX. If so Hattiesburg is out of your way unless you just want to visit MS. You should drive W on I 10 to I 49 N to Shreveport, LA then W on I 20 to Abilene. If so I could give you a lot of help,
If you go to Hattiesburg you must be planning on going N to Jackson, MS and then W to Abilene on I 20. I think it's out of your way but there are nice hotels in Hattiesburg. Be sure to take the I59/Highway 98 bypass around Hattiesburg on the W side of town. Don't go staight through town. There are a lot of hotels along that route which will carry you to Highway 49 which goes N to Jackson.
Look at the Hattiesburg hotels on the left side of this page. Fairfield Inn is perfect. It's on the right side of I 59 which will allow you to get off I59 on the right and get back on also without having to go to the other side fo the I59.
Go W on 98 or Hardy Street to Leatha's for outstanding BBQ. It's a mile or so W of I 59 on the S side behind a RV sales joint. Watch for the smoke.
Leatha's BBQ Inn @ 6374 Hwy. 98, Hattiesburg, MS. 601 - 271 - 6003. *
axle, Thanks for the heads up about the hotels listed in the left sidebar.
Most beneficial to me as I'm planning a trip that way as well. Appears that if a large room isn't an requirement, the Microtel is the best room for the $$ (value,clean,service).
Cal2net, if you do take the I10 route to I49, be certain to make time for a meal in/around Lafayette for great Cajun/Creole.
Mmmmm........Good food around Lafayette.
Get off I 10 at Exit 115 in Henderson, LA and go E on Highway 352 to Henderson Levee Road to Pat's Fisherman's Wharf for good cajun food. Go to Whiskey River Landing for good music and cold drinks.
Pat's Fisherman's Wharf @ 1008 Henderson Levee Rd., Henderson, LA 337 - 228 - 7512.
Whiskey River Landing @ 1365 Henderson Levee Road, Breaux Bridge, LA 337 - 228 - 2277.
Get off I 10 at Exit 109 in Breaux Bridge and go S on Rees Street or Highway 328 and go to Le Cafe for outstanding Po Boys. Or get Off I 10 at Exit 109 and go N on Highway 328 which is Anse Broussard Highway also to Poche Bridge Road. Go N to Main Highway and Poche Market and Restaurant for good Cajun cuisine for lunch. This is a buffet so you might really like it if you are in a hurry.
Le Cafe @ 124 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, LA 337 - 332 - 2500.
Poche's Market and Restaurant @ 3015 Main Hwy., Breaux Bridge, LA. 337 - 332 - 2108.
Get off I 10 at Exit 101 in Lafayette, LA then go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go less than a mile to Creole Cafe for good country breakfast or plate lunch.
Creole Cafe @ 1227 N. University Ave., Lafayette, LA 337 - 266 - 4648.
Or get off I 10 at Exit 101 in Lafayette, LA and go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go S on University and it becomes W University. Take a right on Johsnton St. and go three blocks and take a right on W St. Mary Blvd.then go one block where you will find Old Thyme Grocery for good road food and the best po boys in LA.
Old Tyme Grocery @ 218 West Saint Mary Blvd., Lafayette, LA 337 - 235 - 8165.
Or get off I 10 in Lafayette, LA at Exit 101 and go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go S on University and it becomes W University then it becomes E University. Go to Pinhook and take a right then go about 6 blocks to Blue Dog Cafe for great road food.
Blue Dog Cafe @ 1211 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 337 - 237 - 0005.
That's a busy IS at # 98 and I 59. The USM campus is just E of that area. Don't forget the BBQ at Leatha's which is W of that IS. Courtyard is nice also. The Shed is a fun joint for BBQ, drinks and music.
Courtyard by Marriott @ 119 Grand Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 601 - 268 - 3050.
The Shed BBQ @ 126 Mobile Street, Hattiesburg, MS. 601 - 336- 6755.
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