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    I have about 3-4 days off (unexpected) to drive from either Nashville or Dayton to my home in northern CT. I'm picking up a car, and essentially get to pick which city as the cars are the same. I could scrap the whole thing and have the car shipped, but I'm itchy to hit the road especially solo - no kids, spouse, or dog! My thought is to leave tomorrow so I could be back before T-day nuttiness. Part of this is a chance for me to get away, part of it is to test out the new car on the road, and part of it is a mini trial run as I'm planning a 5 week RV trip with just me, the kids, and the dog this summer out west.

    By way of background, I'm mid 40's, in good health, and I used to travel quite a bit in cities for work - i.e. I commuted to Atlanta from New York for a year, spent 4 months working in Tampa, spent a lot of time in Chicago, Philly, Boston, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco. I'm comfortable on my own but I'm not a huge explorer. My favorite thing to do is hit the streets, poke around, check out some cafes, and eat some local street food.

    So my two options:

    Dayton - fly in midday, pick up the car, stay somewhere nearby or in Cincinnati or even hop on the road a little bit and drive east. I've been to Cincinnati, and with the exception of good German food (which I also get in mill cities in CT and MA), I'm not overly intrigued. Likely stay in a traditional downtown hotel with a pool and maybe a spa to get a massage before piling in the car for three days. If there was a really luxe spa, I'd consider that, but there isn't, and I'm not sure what else to do here other than eat.

    Day 2 - drive like a maniac, 400-500 miles, stop somewhere at a Best Western or similar and crash

    Day 3 - drive to my sister's in southeastern PA (near Maryland) for dinner, spend the night

    Day 4 - leave in the morning heading up 95 through lovely Jersey to the Tappan Zee, then home by midday (6-7 hrs from PA)

    OR

    Nashville - fly in daytime, take care of the car. I've never been to Nashville, and while I'm not a country music fan, I love local culture (especially food). Downtown sounds fun, possibly even Grand Ole Opry but I do have an early wakeup and will have traveled a lot that day. Or I could stay outside of the city and hit the road early. I drove through the Smoky Mountains as a kid and love that sort of thing. I have cowboy boots (did I mention I've spent a lot of time in Denver and Jackson WY?) and could be up for a brief bar scene with some ribs, dancing, southern food, etc.

    I'd like to stop for little out of the way places here and there, not so many that I can't be in southern PA by day 3 dinnertime. I tried to use the app but it flagged far too many things, it was overwhelming.

    Likes: Scenic drives, making good time, avoiding truck routes where feasible. Small divey restaurants and street food or really special regional cuisine. Beer, wine, hooch, and all of the above. Clean quiet hotels that are cheap unless they are unique. I won't be staying long enough to enjoy a B&B. Music - especially classical, blues, jazz, street music. New Orleans is one of my fav cities, along with NY and London.

    Dislikes: New Jersey, the Mets, poor radio reception, traffic, museums, parks (I live on a mountain), shopping, casinos, touristy things, detailed plans.

    So Q1: Nashville, Dayton, or forget the whole thing?
    Q2: Can I blitz it in three days if I fly in midday tomorrow and have no planning?
    Q3: What are 5 must-see's/do's along the way?

    I'm leaning toward Nashville, a little bar scene or the Opry and some good southern cooking Day 1, then leaving crack of dawn 2 and stopping in PA at my sister's. Dayton just seems... ugh.

    Advice please! I have to book my ticket and make my decision tomorrow (Sat) morning.I wish I had more time, I'd take the train down, mosey my way back, but my husband only has so much patience.
    Thanks!

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    Q1: Nashville, Dayton, or forget the whole thing?
    Q2: Can I blitz it in three days if I fly in midday tomorrow and have no planning?
    Q3: What are 5 must-see's/do's along the way?
    Q1: Which appeals to you more? Dayton to Hartford is almost 750 miles; Nashville to Hartford is just over 1000 miles. The other thing - have you looked at the weather forecasts? That might be something for you to check, for either possible trip.

    Q2: Around here, the "blitz" is called a "speed run". It involves 500-600 miles a day for several days running. From Dayton, you can do it in 2 easy days (your description sounds just right). Nashville will mean 2 long days in the car.

    Q3: At RTA, we really don't do "must see/must do's". Everyone has different likes and dislikes. Some of your dislikes are also mine, but I happen to like parks, and I live with mountains all around me and I still like them. I also like certain types of museums. Have you gotten out some paper maps or a road atlas? You should have the latter with you, no matter what route you end up taking. Those paper maps will tell you some of the attractions that are along your route and you can guess whether you have time to stop or not. I will tell you, though, that when hubby and I are on a "speed run" (500+ miles in a day), stopping at local attractions is not a habit we've gotten into. We do our stretch breaks at the rest areas and gas stations.


    Donna

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    Traffic can be really slow on I-95 (and related highways north towards NYC) all Thanksgiving week, especially on Tues. One option is to drive towards Scranton and then drive the I-84 to Conn.

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    Useful article about Thanksgiving highway traffic in the Mid-Atlantic region (going south and going to the NY/CN/RI region).
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...a0c_story.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountryMom27 View Post
    I'd like to stop for little out of the way places here and there, not so many that I can't be in southern PA by day 3 dinnertime. I tried to use the app but it flagged far too many things, it was overwhelming.
    That's why you need good maps, maps which detail the routes and places small and large as well as the attractions along the way. Maps which show you a lot of what you will experience and the scenic routes from which to choose.

    Go to AAA or get a Rand McNally atlas. It will be your best friend on the road. Don't be tempted to rely on electronics.

    Lifey

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