Along Interstate-75, from Detroit to the Florida Border.
Interstate-75 is the main route for the millions of Midwestern "snowbirds" who drive to and from Florida each winter . . . and the current edition of Along I-75 is the "must have" guide for the trip.
Whether a first-timer or one who has driven the route for many years, the book is packed with local information along the way, a culmination of more than 50 years of the author's Florida-bound I-75 driving experience.
Getting there is half the funLocal knowledge, "Insider" and Money Saving tips, lodging & restaurant recommendations and mile-by-mile roadside stories and entertainment.
Each of the book's 25 mile-per-page colored strip-maps takes an average of 30 minutes to drive, providing a sense of pacing for your trip - excellent for planning your night stops while on the route.
The two sets of custom-designed maps (south and northbound) are intuitive and very easy to use - even for non-map readers. Each "fits" your direction of travel so landmarks and features drawn on the right side of the map, pass on the right side of your car.
Designed with in-car use in mind, the book has a laminated wrap-around cover and book mark flap. A concealed plastic spiral binding allows the book to be easily folded back to display the current road-section map.
Completely updated every odd numbered year, Along I-75 contains no advertising or commercial content.
Each current edition of the book has a "reader's only" website where major updates to the book's information are posted. Also includes updated and downloadable replacement maps and pages for the book.
The book features:
• 78 colored 25 mile road strip maps (39 for each direction of travel),
• 28 colored maps (side-trips and towns) and 196 colored photos,
• 67 b&w maps and photos,
• 105 charts and diagrams,
• 72 restaurant and money-saving tips,
• 24 Special Interest reports.
Companion book: Along Florida's Expressways. A driving guide which covers all of the Sunshine States' interstates, expressways and toll routes, in a similar format. It includes I-75 from the Georgia/Florida border southwards to Miami.
|Publisher:||Mile Oak Publishing Inc.|
|Edition description:||Complete information and editorial update|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Dave Hunter - Bio
Dave loves maps, history, driving and discovering unusual stories along the way. Combined with his fondness for writing, this led to Along Interstate-75a travel book which has quickly become the “must-have” guide for "snowbirds" heading out for the long-distance drive to Florida, each winter.
His passion for history paid dividends while writing the I-75 guide. During research, he rediscovered two little known Civil War battle sites in North Georgia and noted that the interstate ran right across the middle of the Union and Confederate battle lines. Modern posters of his battlemaps were displayed in Georgia's Welcome Center, during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also found a forgotten trail blazed in 1775 by Daniel Boone, which crosses the path of the modern interstate in Kentucky.
Both of these finds were made possible by Dave's ability to read topographical maps–a skill he developed as a youngster roaming the hills and valleys of England’s South Downs, looking for prehistoric encampments and lost Roman roads.
With more than twenty-five years of writing about I-75 road travel, Dave has become the media "go-to" person when producing annual drive-to-Florida content, and has appeared in hundreds of newspaper articles and radio & TV guest appearances.
For the past sixteen years, Dave has hosted an all-day entertainment stage at the two-day Snowbird Extravaganza, held in Lakeland, Florida. This annual consumer show attracts over 15,000 U.S. & Canadian snowbirds each day. He is also a regular contributor of I-75 and Florida articles for the CSA News, Canada's official Canadian Snowbird Association.
Dave is a credentialed member of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). He also holds media credentials with the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) and International Travel Writers Alliance-UK (ITWA). His full biography may be found in Canada's Who's Who.
Table of Contents
Contents at a Glance
Key to the Map Symbols: includes all symbols and road speed color codes used on the 25 mile strip maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover
Visual Guide: an index to the I-75 corridor between Detroit and the Georgia-Florida border. Find which colored 25 mile strip map you need for your section of the drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Front Cover Flap
Getting You Started: our "quick start" section with a guide to the book's layout; how to locate the maps and travelogs you need; changes and trends along the interstate . . . and much more to make your trip planning enjoyable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pages 2-5
Southbound Route: colored 25 mile-per-page, "upside-down" strip maps showing every gas, food & lodging facility at each exit. Includes parallel routes in case the freeway gets crowded, radar traps, rest areas, coin car washes, shops & malls - regular shopping, factory outlet, antiques . . . . . . . pages 6-45
Off the Beaten Path: fascinating side trips you can take just minutes off the Interstate - battlefields, secret attractions, hidden beauty spots, maps of historic towns . . . and much more . . . . pages 46-61
Mile-by-Mile on I-75: the “White” mile-by-mile “Travelog” pages of roadside adventures; stories, Special Reports and Insider Tips to help and entertain you along the way. After all, when we are being entertained, we lose all track of time ... and your journey will pass by much more quickly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pages 62-144
Information Please: useful facts to help you during your trip...local radio stations, traffic laws, taxes by state for lodging, gasoline and general retail sales. You will also find information on I-75 RV parks. And vital information such as . . . where’s the nearest I-75 golf course! . . . . . . . . . . . pages 145-152
Northbound Route: colored 25 mile-per-page, "upside-down" strip maps showing every gas, food & lodging facility at each exit. Includes parallel routes in case the freeway gets crowded, radar traps, rest areas, coin car washes, shops & malls - regular shopping, factory outlet, antiques . . . . pages 153-192
Staying Safe on I-75: we promised to share our local knowledge and entertain you on your drive to and from Florida . . . but we also want to keep you safe. Whether faced with a tornado or flat tire, you’ll find this section’s information invaluable if faced with an emergency situation . . . pages 193-196
Resources, Abbreviations & Travel Log: - a list of useful resources to help you plan your journey, abbreviations to the services, used on our maps, and convenient travel logs for your journey. Plus a Recommendation Form so you can tell us about your favorite I-75 places . . . . . . . . . . pages 197-208
A Full Topical Index may be found on the edition's website. See page 3 for access.
Welcome to our Guidebook
Along Interstate-75 is the most comprehensive travel guide you can buy for this popular route between the Midwestern states . . . and the warm sands of Florida. In fact, it's five books in one!
As a Planning Guide it provides all the information you need to organize and drive the interstate with confidence. Each of our colored strip-maps is 25 miles, or approximately 30 minutes driving time. So count the pages, divide by 2 and you have the elapsed time for each leg of your journey.
It’s an Exit Services Guide; our maps provide you with all the gas, food, and lodging services along the way-we even show you which side of the road they are on. We also include other facilities such as major stores, grocery shops, pharmacies and vets.
The maps also provide a Driving Guide to the interstate's road lanes and speed limits, allows you to "see" the freeway ahead and determine the best, safest lane to be in at all times. We even tell you when to change lanes in busy city areas along the way.
It's also a Mile-by-Mile Travelog providing interesting stories and information about the surrounding countryside. Here we entertain you...for there is nothing like entertainment to make time go by much faster on a long journey! These pages also provide Special Reports and Insider Tips (local knowledge) for your interest and to help you save money.
But most important, the book is an I-75 Contact Guide, providing many of the names of the folk you will meet during your trip. When you walk into a welcome center, restaurant or motel we recommend, you already know the name of the person likely to greet you. You will never be without a friend on the road ahead.
If this is the first time you have used Along I-75, we suggest you read the "first time reader" planning notes on page 6, and check the chart of useful information on page 153.
Have a fun and safe journey,
Dave and Kathy Hunter