Post by ilovethisgame on May 27, 2012 13:18:38 GMT -5
Hey guys - I've never been anywhere in Tennessee before and was wondering what's the best route between Memphis and Manchester?
Mapquest is telling me that going the I-40 route through Nashville will take about 4 hours 15 minutes. Going north to Nashville to ultimately go south to Manchester seems counter-intuitive, although I realize the multiple lanes/high speed limit help.
It seems as though Hwy. 64 would be a good option, but Mapquest claims that will take around 5.5 hours. Can anyone tell me what Hwy. 64 is like (# lanes, speed limit, etc.)? Or obviously, if you've taken both routes before, which do you prefer and why?
I grew up just east of Memphis right off Highway 64. If you want a nice scenic drive through some of the small towns of southern Tennessee, 64 would be an attractive option. However, Fayette County (just east of Memphis) alone has a number of notorious speed traps in Oakland and Somerville. The road varies between four-lane, divided-median and two lane country roads. Speed limit will vary between 55 and less than 30.
Unless you want the scenic aesthetics, stick to I-40. Johnny Law is always quite active on 64, and will likely be more vigilant that weekend.
I live in Midtown Memphis and I tried 64 the first 2 years. It has some interesting stops along the way and is quite scenic in places but if time is your thing do I-40, it's much faster and as lawn gnome said you will have way less state troopers to deal with. I-40 is a little over 4 hours depending on when you hit Nashville where 64 is closers to 6 hours total
Post by ilovethisgame on May 28, 2012 10:23:06 GMT -5
Two very helpful responses - thanks guys! I think I'm going to try to make it to Memphis on Monday and spend the night there...if I can make it that far, I may take 64 because I'm all about the scenery (I'm volunteering, so I'll have to be in Manchester by Tuesday afternoon). If I stop short of Memphis on Monday, I'll probably go the fastest route (40).
However, I also kind of want to at least get a look at Nashville (although it may be too much of a tease to just drive through). I've been saying for the past few years that Nashville is somewhere I could see myself living (as well as Seattle, Portland, and Austin). Choices, choices, choices
I'm making the same drive, mid-day Wed...I drive them both, and will probably take I-40 in, then 64 back....just for a change.
On I-40, I will take the I-840 cutoff. It is perfect, but......it is not complete...section of about 5 miles is missing, so you have to take some back roads to get to I-24, but it's not that bad...drive through Franklin, TN (pretty little town). This gets you out of the Nashville traffic.
Of course, if you are not hitting Nashville at rush hour, it's not too bad....but...
Check the map.....a short trip through Franklin cuts up the interstate drive nicely.
My advice: Do NOT take 64. I took it going back last year and it was nothing but one big construction zone with a 45 mph speed limit after the first 50 miles, all the way to Memphis. What should've been a four-hour drive took me six. Stay on I-40.
I've seen the 840 cutoff and that will be an awesome shortcut ... when they get it finished. Is the route through Franklin well-marked? Looks like a maze on Google Maps.
UPDATE: I did the 840 detour through Franklin coming and going. Let's just say it's gonna be great when they finish 840 later this year. My Bonnatrip should be 45 minutes shorter in 2013.
Although Leiper's Fork looked like a neat little town and the countryside west of Franklin is stunning.