We are headed to Destin in 2 weeks from Dallas and we are getting up at 3am to start driving. I'm not sure how it will go with a 5 year old. :)
I would try to go as far as you can on your first day. Remember, there will be a lot of beach traffic on Saturday especially when you get close to Mobile. You probably have your route mapped out, but you don't need to go to New Orleans proper. Stay on I12 East from Baton Rouge. We just did the drive from New Orleans a few weeks ago. We left about 9:30AM and it took us about 4.5 hours.
Thank you! I've only ever gone with my parents and my dad drives straight through both ways. This time it will just be me and my daughter, so I wanted to split the drive up a bit. I will look for places around Baton Rouge. Thanks again!
Are you set on the route through New Orleans? We take the Shreveport, Vicksburg, Mobile route.
We make this drive a couple of times a year, and normally, if we stop, it will be either around Baton Rouge or put the stop off a little longer, and spend the night at one of the casino's in Biloxi. If it is during the week. you can get some very good room rates at any of the casimo's and of course the food is normally pretty good. That being said, it will depend on the route that you take, My son normally stays on I-20 farther east than I do, as I normally drop down at Shreveport as the speed limit down I-49 is 75 so it goes pretty fast, plus there are some restaraunts that we like to stop at that are off I-10. It is a tad longer this way, but we have found that time wise, it is about a wash. We did stop once at Covington, and found a good restaraunt here, but wasn't thrilled with the hotel.
We always stopped in Hattiesburg for the night (taking the Dallas to Jackson to Mobile route). Lots of reasonable, clean hotels right on the highway there.
We also stop in Hattiesburg. The next day it is about a four hour drive to Destin.
We are leaving tomorrow and staying in Jackson, then heading to Seagrove. Are there any good stopping points along I10. Last year we stopped at the USS Alabama.
Not on I-10 but you can always do the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola - It is a great way to spend the day or a few hours. Free - donations accepted.
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