What’s the best route from Atlanta to Destin?

This summer heat is killing me—I need a beach! What’s the best and quickest route from Atlanta to Destin?

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Sarah Gray
Answered on May 24, 2022
There’s nothing better than some nice gulf breezes, white-sand beaches, and a cool dip in the water to take the edge off the Georgia summer heat. To get you to the gulf quickly, your best route from Atlanta to Destin heads almost due south. Here’s what you’ll do:
  • Head south on I-85 to US-231
  • Follow US-231 to AL-87 S in Troy and AL-189 S in Elba
  • Follow this to Kinston then head east on AL-52 / AL-54
  • Head south on US-331 in Walton County (don’t worry, you’re getting close!)
  • Continue on US 331 to Co Hwy 1087 and FL-285 S
  • Merge with FL-293 S and follow it across the Mid-Bay Toll Bridge, then turn west (right) on US-98 to reach Destin
It may seem a little extra, but this is the most direct route between Atlanta and Destin, and it’ll get you there in just five hours and 15 minutes!
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