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what is the best route from Montgomery Al

Discussion in 'All About SoWal' started by Dreaming watercolor, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. Dreaming watercolor

    Dreaming watercolor Beach Comber

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    Is 331 south or 231 into Panama City faster/better. Looks like 331 is a one lane road.
    thx
     
  2. Mermaid

    Mermaid picky

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    We always take 331, which is not a one lane road. I think it's slow going through PCB.
     
  3. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    331 will be much faster if you are coming to SoWal. Are you going to Panama City or SoWal? Expect some traffic if you are coming for Labor Day.
     
  4. Beachlover2

    Beachlover2 Beach Fanatic

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    We take I-65 down to Georgiana Exit 114 Go east - follow that to Rt 55 South to Andulusia - then take numerous ways to Florala or Crestview. Rt 55 is the best.
     
  5. Rudyjohn

    Rudyjohn SoWal Insider

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    Yes, that is the best way to go. I'm originally from Andalusia, and that's the route most people take. It seems sort of a round-about way to go, going thru Georgiana, Florala, etc., but that's the way it is. Even Crestview is just a little bit further out of the way.
     
  6. STL Don

    STL Don Beach Fanatic

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    When we come from St. Louis, it seems to be a penny flipper to go this way or just go down 331 from Montgomery--travel times seems to be about the same.
     
  7. Seashell

    Seashell Beach Crab

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    My family visits numerous times a year to the SoWal area. We come from Ohio. We always take 65 to 331, that has been the best route for us year after year. We have looked at other routes; however, we always take 331. We usually make good time, and enjoy some of the sights. Have a safe trip.
     
  8. RiverOtter

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    :nono1: Do not take this route! It is horrible. Take 231 ;-)
     
  9. ShallowsNole

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    I see RO winking, so I think he was kidding...but if you do take 231, be sure to bail off in Elba, Dothan, or if all else fails, I-10. I can't imagine facing Panama City after a long drive. :blink:
     
  10. Fanceenan

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    We have been traveling our way for 20 years or more and I promise it is the best!! It takes less than 3 hours door to door. This is from East Montgomery to Hwy 98/ 30A area.

    Directions:

    - Take 231 South to Troy

    - In Troy, turn right onto Hwy 87, Burger King will be on your left at the turn.

    - After about 8 miles, Hwy 87 veers to the right, stay on 87 to Elba.

    - In Elba, take Hwy 189 to Kinston.

    - In Kinston, turn left onto Hwy 52.

    - Go about 8 miles and turn right onto Hwy 153, there will be a flashing yellow light when you turn. Continue to Defuniak Springs. Hwy 153 becomes Hwy 83 when you get into Florida.

    - In Defuniak Springs, turn right onto Hwy 90, go about 2 blocks and turn left onto Hwy 331.

    - In Freeport, Hwy 331 takes a left then right but stay on 331.



    Don't tell anyone!!! It is our secret!
     
  11. STL Don

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    Would you go that way if you were coming down I65 from Birmingham?
     
  12. Lady D

    Lady D SoWal Insider

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    We are coming down this weekend from Memphis, we love taking 231 from Montgomery. It brings you right through Panama City, it seems faster to us. To us, 331 takes you really farther west than where you might want to be depending on where you are staying. If you are staying along the main part of Front Beach Road it is very convenient.
     
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  13. CajunJimt

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    I think the best route is the I-65 to Georgianna, then SR-55 to Florala, then US-331 to US-98, which dumps you directly into SoWal, only about 5 miles to 30A via, CR-395, CR-283 or further west SR-393 for BMB..

    Have a nice trip
     
  14. seagrover

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    Cajun, that is exactly the way we go through when going up toward B'ham. The Andalusia way, I've been told, is maybe 12 miles or so longer but I despise 331. If driving at night on 331, there can be lots of deer around Highland Home.

    When we go to Auburn to evacuate, we go through the Troy way and cut through Pike Rode & Mt Meigs/Waugh and skip Montgomery. We never have any trouble going this way - never crowded.

    And Fancee, you are right, don't tell anyone else about this way. Let's keep it a secret!!!
     

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