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Ottawa To Sarasota - Best Route to Avoid Washington

Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa To Sarasota - Best Route to Avoid Washington

We are driving down to Sarasota in mid-February and any snow bird advice on the best (ie quickest, most direct) route to take and where to stop for the nights (two nights?) would be greatly appreciated.

Brandon, Florida
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1. Re: Ottawa To Sarasota - Best Route to Avoid Washington

Take I-81 through Syracuse, NY all the way to Knoxville, TN. In Knoxville look for signs for I-75 South and take that all the way into Florida and Sarasota.

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2. Re: Ottawa To Sarasota - Best Route to Avoid Washington

Thanks very much.

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Where to stop for the night would depend on how fast and for how long you drive each day. Also it would depend on how many stops you want to make along the way. But you can be assured that every exit on the US Interstate highway system would have at least 3 or 4 or more hotels to choose from.

If you want to get the best rate pick up these two booklets, Room Saver and Travel Coupons at the Welcome Center rest stop as you cross each state line. You'll need to decide in which state you'll be stopping for the night.

To help you decide that, use maps.google.com to plan your route.

The rates quoted in those booklets are "walk up" rates. To make a reservation will cost more. But I have no doubt that on that route you'll have no problem walking in unannounced and getting the coupon rate. What we do is call ahead when you're about 1 or 2 hours away from the hotel and ask if they have rooms at the coupon rate. Have a second hotel picked out just in case.

In all the road trips we've made we've only had to use our second choice once.

Have a safe trip.

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If you are able to decide in which states you'll stop for the nights before you leave Ottawa and in which city you'll stop, you can look up these two websites, which are the online equivalents of the two booklets, to see what is available on the highway near those cities:

www.roomsaver.com

www.travelcoupons.com

You can also print the coupons before you leave.

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5. Re: Ottawa To Sarasota - Best Route to Avoid Washington

Thanks so much for the helpful information. We will check it out!

Cheers !

!

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6. Re: Ottawa To Sarasota - Best Route to Avoid Washington

Go to this website and click on the interstate and state you will be driving in and you can see what is at each exit- gas, lodging, restaurants, etc.

www.allstays.com

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