What's the best driving route from Michigan to Florida?

My husband and I are taking our kids down to Florida from Grand Rapids, Michigan, but we’re getting mixed feedback about how to get there. We want to take a road trip, but we want to make sure we’re getting there as fast as possible to enjoy the most beach time. What’s the best way to get to Florida from Michigan?

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Answer provided by
Kaitlin May
Answered on May 27, 2022
Family road trips can be a blast! With little ones, though, it makes sense to cut down on the travel time. Since you’re in the western part of Michigan, the best route follows I-94, I-65 S, I-24, and I-75.
Here are more detailed directions:
  • Get on US-131 S
  • Use the right two lanes to take exit 34 to merge onto I-94 E toward Detroit
  • Take exit 108 toward I-69 S
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-69 S/Marshall/Ft Wayne, and merge onto I-69 S entering Indiana
  • Take exit 315 for I-469 E/US-30 E
  • Take exit 19A to merge onto US-30 E
  • Entering Ohio take Exit onto US-224 W toward Van Wert
  • Turn right onto OH-118 S
  • Use the right lane to take the US-33 E ramp to Columbus
  • Take the exit onto I-75 S toward Dayton
  • Take the exit onto I-640 W/I-75 S toward Nashville/Chattanooga
  • Keep left at the fork to continue on Florida‘s Turnpike
  • Take the exit onto I-95 S
The drive is 1,453 miles long and will take you about 21 hours to complete. With that kind of time spent on the road, you’ll want to make some stops. These cities would be great to check out along the way:
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