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Tubaronnie

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Hi all. Have a week in December (26-31) and one in February (19-24). Want to go to Florida.

#1: What is best winter route and which week above has best chance (I know-no guarantee-just looking for best guess) of avoiding ice/heavy snow from Dayton, Ohio to Florida?

#2. We're not sun bathers, but love the beach. How is Destin, Florida in December? February?

#3. What is your favorite Florida beach rv park? Don't want to drive to beach. We want to be right on the water. Need to give our asthma lungs a break from Ohio.


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Destin is beautiful all year around. Should be fairly warm in December but I'm not in particularly sure about swimming. I'm definitely a fan of Destin FL and the Keys.


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Dec-Feb you can expect Destin temperatures in the high 60s days and mid 40s nights - too cold for me but to each his own. Here is a chart Destin temps.Only one rv park on the beach near Destin on the beach, Camping on the Gulf. If you want to go further you might try HoHum in Carrabelle, Fl. Winter travel through KY/TN is always a potential issue - you would have to just watch the weather. I75 is cleared quickly.


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We head down right after Xmas to the east coast down to the Stuart area which is a lot warmer all winter. We keep a close eye on the weather and will use I-75 all the way to FL or take I-40 over to I-26 to I-95. Weather has a lot to do since we have also ran over to I-77 south picking it up in WV. All the major highways are cleaned pretty good after any snow fall. We try to pick camp grounds where if unexpected weather moves in we have a good place to wait it out.





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I-75 to Atlanta then I-65.

That's pushing 800 miles, a little less. Unless you drive non-stop you're looking at 4 days travel time, 2 down and 2 back. You sure it's worth it for a 5 or 6 day vacation?

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Google Maps suggests 71 to Louisville, then down 65 through Nashville, on to Montgomery, then to Destin. Why not take that route? It avoids I-75 through the hills (they aren't mountains) in Tennessee, stays nice and close to sea level.

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I drive over 2 hours out of my way to avoid at all costs the Chattanooga drop off! And that's traveling in warm weather I would avoid that like the plague if there was bad snow/ice weather.

You just have to CAREFULLY watch the weather and make your attacks at driving accordingly. Keep in mind that many southern states come to a complete standstill with just a dusting of snow most don't have plows or salt trucks. I saw 4 overturned TT's in Kentucky after an inch snowfall, and 4 inches of solid ice in all the parking lots a week 'after' a storm in Paducah!


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We leave after Christmas and head to Florida. I-75 seems to be the most direct route and the freeway is maintained very well if it does snow. We've also taken 65 to Nashville stayed over night at the KOA down the street from the Grand Ole Opry. It's on music valley drive.

In Destin try Topsail state park. We booked a week there in February and though it gets cool at night it's the perfect temp for us. We also love St. Augustine and stay each year at Bryn Mawr which is right on the ocean. Concrete pads and direct access to the beach. Nothing fancy here but it is a nice campground with about a 60/40 split of park models and RV sites. We have been going there each year for the last 6 and stay for 2-3 weeks. Lots to do, great restaurants and a short drive to downtown St. Augustine.


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Go I 64 flatter and 15 hours or so from Destin. Topsail SP is a wonderful place, it is in Santa Rosa area. When in Destin McQuires is a must. One lunch meal will feed two normal eaters.

We stay at Topsail and it is great get in the Pine area, wooded and newer.

We'll be in area 2/1- thru 3/10.





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Which camp area of Topsail is the Pine area?


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