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Ideas for Best Way to Drive from Michigan to Bonita Springs FL in March?


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Jun 6, 2005
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Just sent you a PM that I looked on Expedia and jet blue has $570 roundtrip.

Sorry, I thought it was your dates but Expedia changes dates to what's available and it was a day early in both directions. In fact, did a couple more searches via United and Southwest and it looks like prices are much different going mid-week to mid-week. Instead of the days on the road you could have extra days in Florida exploring things you haven't seen before. This is when those free nights from credit cards (like Hyatt) come in handy.

We live in Plymouth, MI and drive to our timeshare in Palm Beach Shores, FL. I was going to say we don't use 75. Years ago I decided to make the days on the road part of the vacation. It changed my outlook on such a long drive. Our daughter found a route through Ohio that we like so much better. 23; 35; 77; 26; 95 to 75. Time on the road is comparable. There are tolls. The scenery is beautiful. We have regular stops for food, starting with the Whole Foods in Columbus. 3 hours from home, perfect time for brunch, hot bar, quick in an out with no waitress or kitchen hassles. We can buy snacks to get us through to next stop which is Tamarack in Beckley. Delicious food and their marketplace is an interesting art gallery. We generally spend the night in the area. Savannah is another 7-1/2 hours. Have nice dinner and spend the night. The rest of the trip is about 7 hours.
We made many interesting stops on our trip to Florida and back. My mother lived south of Chicago and we found a route where we got off on 65 south of I 90/94. We drove back roads over to I57. Went past several nudist colonies on that route, but never stopped to sight see.
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Moonstone, ON
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The Beach Club at St. Augustine Beach, FL (1 floating week, purchased in 1982)

77,000 RCI points (Sunrise Ridge Resort, TN)
@moonstone, we have made the decision to drive down, as we can leave when when we want on that Thursday after I work, I will probably go in early and leave early to get a head start. @Quilter gave me a nice route to try and places to stop at, so I'm now very excited about this drive
Good for you! We hate having to conform to airline schedules and their delays. US highways are great, we often use them and have found many are 4 lane divided highways with much less traffic than an Interstate. Just be careful on I-77 from north of Beckley WV to the NC border. It is quite hilly, but very scenic, and can be a little dicey in bad weather. Hopefully by the end of March that isnt an issue. My BiL just drove through there last weekend and had a few 'white knuckle' driving spots. Each state has it's own DOT webite for road conditions and I look at that and the national weather maps before we start out and at the motel each morning.

Have a great & safe trip!