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Quickest Route From Nashville, Tn to Panama City Beach, Fl

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Quickest Route From Nashville, Tn to Panama City Beach, Fl

Going to PCB in March. We have been several times and follow directions on GPS. Must be scenic route, cause it it 2 lane roads, where speed limit drops to 45 at times. Would like to take interstate all the way. What is the quickest route on interstate all the way?

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1. Re: Quickest Route From Nashville, Tn to Panama City Beach, Fl

Try posting this question on the Road Trips forum instead.

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2. Re: Quickest Route From Nashville, Tn to Panama City Beach, Fl

Interstate all the way would not be your fastest route. You'd have to take I-65 all the way to I-10 in Mobile, to exit 130 (Hwy. 231/75) south into PC. That's significantly out of the way.

Fastest route is :

65 to I-85 in Montgomery

Exit 9 (Taylor Road) south to Hwy. 231

231 south to Troy

Right onto Hwy. 167

167 becomes 79 at FL state line (S. of Enterprise)

Drive til you see water:)

Wish there was a direct interstate route with no slow-downs, but there really isn't without a major Mobile detour.

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3. Re: Quickest Route From Nashville, Tn to Panama City Beach, Fl

Correction....your I-10 exit would be 112 (Hwy 79).

That route compared to the highways would cost you about 2 hours.

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4. Re: Quickest Route From Nashville, Tn to Panama City Beach, Fl

Is this route Quicker than the scenic? I hate the scenic, seems like it takes forever....

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5. Re: Quickest Route From Nashville, Tn to Panama City Beach, Fl

If you took the 87 route (or were farther west from the Pensacola area), yes this is definitely faster. From Nashville, it's 8 hours +/-, but that's better than 10:)

Nuttin scenic on this route though unless you like pine trees:)

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6. Re: Quickest Route From Nashville, Tn to Panama City Beach, Fl

No interstate all the way. From Atl take 85S to Columbus. 431 through Dothan to I-10. Jog west on I-10 to Hwy 79S to PCB.

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7. Re: Quickest Route From Nashville, Tn to Panama City Beach, Fl

Via Atlanta/Dothan is a little closer than the Mobile route, but I believe you'll still be in the 9 to 9.5 hour range. That's really the trade-off: Less turning, but more time.

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8. Re: Quickest Route From Nashville, Tn to Panama City Beach, Fl

My guess is the scenic route you mention is the same route described by deskclerk102. While there are other route alternatives off I-65, what is being described is less time consuming IMO. So, if time is not of the essence, take I-65 and I-10 as described. Oh, almost forgot, my son and daughter-in-law dislike the drive so much from Nashville, they have flown the last two times.

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9. Re: Quickest Route From Nashville, Tn to Panama City Beach, Fl

I totally concur with deskclerk, however, I believe the route sign in Troy says 87 rather than 167. After you turn onto 87 in Troy, you go about 15 miles and stay straight in the left lane onto 167 while 87 peels off to the right.

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10. Re: Quickest Route From Nashville, Tn to Panama City Beach, Fl

BTW, it probably is the way that your GPS takes you. The next quickest route is taking 231 through Dothan. I used to go that way, but hated all of the stop lights and it takes you a little out of the way.

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