Driving from Pittsburgh to Austin: if you had to, how would you go?
February 22, 2014 6:10 PM Subscribe
What’s the most swift, interesting, safe, and/or inexpensive route by car through the Southeast?
posted by lordcorvid to Travel & Transportation around United States (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I’m planning a long, roundabout trip from Pittsburgh to Seattle that includes visiting a good friend in Austin, Texas. I have the route figured out from Texas to Washington, but the first bit in between Pennsylvania and Texas is proving more difficult to plan.
In strong contrast to the South West, the South East is a part of the country that I never in my wildest dreams had any desire or expectation to visit, and I don’t know a lot about it. Names like Nashville naturally stand out to me on the map, but I’m sure there are dozens of other cities along the major highways just as worthy of a quick visit (and more affordable besides).
So what are your favorite of the many Interstates or large US highways threading through WV, KY, TN, AR, MS, LA, and TX? What are your favorite towns along them? Are the bigger, famous cities like Memphis worth stopping for the night in, if you’re just passing through? Are there any cities or roads best avoided?
In short: how would you go?
(Difficulty Level: I’d like to get to Austin in less than three days.)