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jerseyguy Nov 15th, 2019 09:08 PM

Trenton, NJ to Nashville New Years day which way is better.
Brother and family who lives in Texas is coming up for Christmas and the family up here in Jersey want to spend some time in Nashville with the them. Idea is they will be driving that way anyway, they will go home while we will go back to NJ. Was looking into which way would be cheaper for a hotel along the way (want to stop about 3-4 hours outside of Nashville, and was thinking about going thru PA-OH-KY then down to Nashville but then I thought, that area during the winter probably a bad idea if the weathers bad. But then I realized PA-MD-WV-VA-TN (via PA Turnpike and I-81) might not be a good thing either I-81 through the mountains of Western Virginia. I-81 is also 2 lanes in spots if weather is bad accidents and backups could occur.

Going from NJ halfway between Trenton and Asbury Park (approximately 15 east of I-195 & the NJ Turnpike) to Nashville.

Gretchen Nov 16th, 2019 05:39 AM


Crossville Tennessee has a lot of motels and "stuff" right off the highway. I'd look there

DD had a big family gathering in Nashville and rented a BIG house just outside Nashville through VRBO. There were 16 people and it was nice. Just an FYI.

If there is bad weather none of the routes will be good probably.

tomfuller Nov 16th, 2019 06:56 AM

If the weather is bad, leave the driving to Amtrak. Take the Amtrak Cardinal from Trenton to Chicago on Sunday arriving Monday morning. Spend about 9-10 hours in Chicago (daytime) and leave on the "City of New Orleans" at 8:05PM arriving in Memphis early Tuesday morning 12/31. Your 2 nights are spent sleeping on the train without the worry of waking up at a motel with several inches of snow that fell during the night.
Rent a car in Memphis for the 3-4 hour trip to Nashville.
When were you planning on leaving NJ? Saturday or Sunday? What vehicle were you planning on driving and how many of you are there?

PaulRabe Nov 16th, 2019 08:49 AM

We live in Philadelphia; my wonderful in-laws live in Tennessee; so we've done travel similar to what you are planning dozens of times.

Turnpike to I-81 to I-40 is the way to go. These expressways will be the first to be made clear in bad weather -- if they're closed, then almost all forms of transport will be problematic. Plenty of places to stop for a rest, a meal, a fill-up, or a place for the night. At that time of year, I wouldn't consider any other route.

Connie59 Nov 16th, 2019 01:42 PM

Personally I'd say stay off I-40 as much as possible. That interstate is always a mess for some reason, lots of very poorly driven eighteen-wheelers and accidents. Every time I drive I-40 I wish I'd taken a different route.

Gretchen Nov 17th, 2019 04:14 AM

Between Knoxville and Nashville there isn't much choice. I haven't noticed that stretch to be any different from most other interstates that have heavy travel.

Macross Nov 17th, 2019 04:52 AM

Frontier flys into Trenton

starrs Nov 18th, 2019 10:00 AM

If it were me, I'd stop at the Greenbrier along the way, even if you spent the night nearby.
Consider a bunker tour or a falconry experience.

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