What's the best route from Washington to Florida?

I’m a photographer by trade, but I wanted to get out and about and snap more photos beyond my home state of Washington. To do so, I was thinking about driving from Washington to Florida. What’s the best driving route from Washington to Florida?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on May 16, 2022
Washington to Florida is about as far of a road trip as you can do in the contiguous U.S. It covers approximately 3,000 miles, four time zones, 12 states, and 46 hours behind the wheel, so if you’re ready for a photographer’s dream trip, here’s the best route from Washington to Florida:
  • Take I-90 East out of Washington and stay on it until you reach Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • In Sioux Falls, hop on I-29 South via exit 396A
  • When you get to downtown Kansas City, take I-70 East
  • In St. Louis, hop on I-64 East
  • Take a small stretch of I-57 South where I-64 splits near Mount Vernon, Illinois
  • Take exit 44 onto I-24 East
  • Take exit 185A near Chattanooga onto I-75 South
  • Ride I-75 South down to Florida!
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