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Old 07-12-2018, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default Driving from Arlington to Destin

We are heading out Saturday to Destin. I have never driven thru Louisiana. The wife thinks we should go down to I10 and head east. I was thinking take 120 to Jackson. Looking for suggestions from those that have driven it.

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Old 07-12-2018, 09:48 AM   #2
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Id take 20 to jackson before i would drive down to I10, lots of unneeded driving going that way.
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:52 AM   #3
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Take 20 to 49 in LA to drop down and hit 190 to Baton Rouge. 190 is terrible but it beats getting stuck on the Basin Bridge on 10.

49 is a nice big hwy and the only one in LA with a 75 mph speed limit.
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:53 AM   #4
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I just did destin to Houston earlier in the summer and it was an easy trip. However it looks like 20 is faster for you. If you stop in Hattiesburg Ms be sure to eat at Ed's Burger Joint, We originally drove from NW Arkansas to Hattiesburg and stopping at ED's was a blast. They have a bocce courts, hula hoops, pool tables all outside where the kiddos can play and get some of their energy out after being in a car all day.
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:57 AM   #5
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I live in DFW and we make the trip yearly we have gone both ways. We go 20 to vicksburg and start going SE. I10 always has construction. Another point when you come into Mobile try to avoid the tunnel on I10 There is another way around the water.
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:57 AM   #6
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20 to Jackson then south to Mobile is first choice.
20 to Shreveport then south to Lafayette is second.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:01 AM   #7
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Louisiana highways SUCK.
SUCK SUCK SUCK
they are ALL under construction and they tear up 50 miles of road before they try to fix it.
Hope you got good tires and a comfy suspension and are not pulling a travel trailer.

btw.. doesnt matter which route you take.. they all suck... but i10 is the worst.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:05 AM   #8
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Jackson. by a long shot. You will still get hung up in mobile. We went south out of shreveport on the way down and it sucked, we went to jackson coming home
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:22 AM   #9
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will push for 20 to Jackson to Hattiesburg. Probably stop for the night, checkin is not until Sunday.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:59 AM   #10
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Take 20 route to Jackson then south to Mobile. It's a 12 hr or so drive. Break it up. It's 6 hrs to Vicksberg, if you stop there your half way and go see the battleground, worth the visit. There is also a casino there if your into that. Most places won't let you check in until 2pm or after so leave at 8 the next morning should be there right on time nice and relaxed. Have friends that drive all night and they are usually pretty beat when they get there.
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:13 PM   #11
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I take 20 to 49 to 10 to 12 above the big lake.

It takes time off the train because there are less options for the wife and kids to have to stop. Less lights and faster speed limits.

Agree that the roads are crappy, but Iím driving at 2am from Van on Sunday morning and thatís the route Iím taking
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:18 PM   #12
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We just went a couple weeks ago from North of Dallas - Took 20 over to 49 and worked our way that way.

I wouldnt go the I-10 route ...
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:22 PM   #13
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I've made the Houston to Destin drive many times and definitely would agree with most above to stay off I-10 until Miss if you are leaving from Dallas.

I-10 is constantly under construction in the LA stretch. Traffic can be bad in Baton Rouge and if there's any type of wreck around the basin, good luck.

Also, the Mobile tunnel can be a multi-hour delay.

Anyone making this drive from Houston, I would strongly advise you leave early in the morning (i.e. before 5:00 a.m.). You can get through Baton Rouge before traffic is too bad and the Mobile tunnel traffic isn't quite as bad as it is later in the day.

It's also a pain in the rear to get to Destin on a Saturday afternoon. We've also had significant delays getting across the toll bridge.

It's a pretty frustrating drive. Taken us upwards to 14 hours when it should have been less than 10.
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:40 PM   #14
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I’d walk there before I take I-10 route again. Never again.
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:50 PM   #15
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I am leaving out in the morning from the Austin area.. hopefully I-10 isn’t too bad.. not sure I have another route option.

Driving to Denham Springs tomorrow and will finish up the drive Saturday morning

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Old 07-12-2018, 01:57 PM   #16
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No matter how you go about it, Louisiana roads SUCK.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:39 PM   #17
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We just drove to Disney World from DFW. My uncle took 20 and turned south toward Mobile (Thu-Fri). I left Saturday night and went through Lafayette. My time was 3 hours less than his. So a lot of this has to do with the day of the week. We went and came back through the I10 tunnel in Mobile on Sunday and didn't drive less than 65 MPH.

Guess my point is to try driving on Sundays via I10.

**Don't go through downtown of Baton Rouge. Take 12 around

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Old 07-12-2018, 02:53 PM   #18
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Louisiana highways SUCK.
SUCK SUCK SUCK
they are ALL under construction and they tear up 50 miles of road before they try to fix it.
Hope you got good tires and a comfy suspension and are not pulling a travel trailer.

btw.. doesnt matter which route you take.. they all suck... but i10 is the worst.
you obviously have never travelled or recently driven on I-20 or I-49 Ö both are smooth sailing as easy driving. I will agree that I-10 sucks donkey balls

OP Ö I travel the State for a living, pretty much every single day. I'd take this route:

I-20 to Jackson, MS.
Take State Hwy 49 S out of Jackson to Hattiesburg, MS.
Then take State Hwy 98 S/E to Mobile, AL , merge onto I-10 go East

Do NOT go I-10 through Baton Rouge or Lafayette unless you are driving between midnight and 5am Ö. Daytime traffic is brutal
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:12 PM   #19
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Has been a couple of years but we went both ways

20-49-10 is all 4 lanes and faster, also turn east at Opelousas (190) and pick 10 back up just west of Baton Rouge to shave a little time off

20-Jackson-Hatiesburg-Mobile is more enjoyable to me and only a short stretch of 2 lane west of Mobile
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:32 PM   #20
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So if I'm leaving Austin on a saturday around 8:30 AM, and headed to Orange Beach whats my best route? I don't check in until sunday around 4. I do plan on taking my time and stopping saturday night to sleep.
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:33 PM   #21
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So if I'm leaving Austin on a saturday around 8:30 AM, and headed to Orange Beach whats my best route? I don't check in until sunday around 4. I do plan on taking my time and stopping saturday night to sleep.

You'll probably have to take I-10 since it's the most convenient. Lake Charles or Lafayette is the 1/2 way point. LC has better night life if you prefer L'Auberge or the Golden Nugget Casino, although Saturday night rooms will be priced higher than giraffe nuts ($300). Laf has better food and culture. Leaving Sat a.m. for GS shouldn't be to bad as I can advise on an eating, hotel, and driving itinerary in Laf.

FYI - Laf to GS is 300 miles, 4.5 hrs non-stop. Budget 6 hrs if you have girls needing to pee and stopping for food/gas

Laf to ATX is 375 miles/5.5 hrs
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:27 PM   #22
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