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Everyone says Atlanta, Ga. is a nightmare.
Any good time to pass through? Alternate
route better? Heading south, need good
advice. Good place to overnight past the
city also? Thanks.

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I have been through Atlanta several times. Used both the loop and driven directly through downtown. Depending on time of day both worked for me. Works best if you know which lane to be in because of construction - my opinion. Rush hour varies but starts about 3:30 and ends about 7:00ish.


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Stay away between 6-9AM and 4-7PM. Other than that its no problem.


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Bird Freak wrote:

Stay away between 6-9AM and 4-7PM. Other than that its no problem.

These times are right on. Since you are coming from west of the of the Mississippi you could come down through Memphis TN, Birmingham and Montgomery AL. At Montgomery AL you can go east thru Albany GA to I-75, or south thru Dothan AL to I-10.
Campgrounds south of Atlanta. High Fall SP, exit 198. And the KOA in Forsyth are 2 I know of.


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The route noted below (if coming from the upper Midwest) is a GREAT route. It is nearly all four lane and the roads are wonderful. This route bypasses both Nashville AND Atlanta. HIGHLY recommend this rout

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Bird Freak wrote:

Stay away between 6-9AM and 4-7PM. Other than that its no problem.

These times are right on. Since you are coming from west of the of the Mississippi you could come down through Memphis TN, Birmingham and Montgomery AL. At Montgomery AL you can go east thru Albany GA to I-75, or south thru Dothan AL to I-10.
Campgrounds south of Atlanta. High Fall SP, exit 198. And the KOA in Forsyth are 2 I know of.



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Bird Freak wrote:

Stay away between 6-9AM and 4-7PM. Other than that its no problem.


I might even widen those time periods a bit to 6-10am and 3-7pm. The ATL metro area is BIG --- getting across it without traffic can take an hour.

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jaycocamprs wrote:

Bird Freak wrote:

Stay away between 6-9AM and 4-7PM. Other than that its no problem.

These times are right on. Since you are coming from west of the of the Mississippi you could come down through Memphis TN, Birmingham and Montgomery AL. At Montgomery AL you can go east thru Albany GA to I-75, or south thru Dothan AL to I-10.
Campgrounds south of Atlanta. High Fall SP, exit 198. And the KOA in Forsyth are 2 I know of.

Double ditto. Good route from that direction. It's one we've used. Just be aware that Memphis, Birmingham and Montgomery also have rush hours in varying degrees of gridlock.

If you absolutely HAVE to drive through Atlanta, time it for a Sunday morning before 1 pm. Traffic's much more manageable then. We try to time our trips through on that day and time. If we cannot make it on that day and time block and we're on the east side of Atlanta, US 441 is another option. Just try to avoid rush hour through Athens, GA.

US 441/129 split just south of Eatonton. Take US 129 to reconnect with I-75 in Macon. A very relaxing drive on that route.


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If coming to Memphis from the north (I-55, or from I-40 Little Rock for that matter), take the I-40 split in West Memphis BEFORE crossing into Tennessee. There is heavy construction on the I-55 segment in Memphis from the I-55 bridge to the Hwy 61 exit with barriers/lane closures . Follow I-240 South then East at the I-55/I-240 junction to the US-78 Lamar exit. Try to avoid 7-9am and 4-6pm.

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