I am wanting to drive from North Carolina to pick up my cousin in Arkansas on our way to Texas. Last time I did this, my Tomtom took me through South Carolina, then through the tops of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, a short way through Tennessee THEN into Arkansas. I thought I probably went far out of my way because I was using the cheapest GPS available. So I’m planning another trip and have a nicer GPS this time and also consulted Rand McNally. These sources also say to swoop down through SC, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi before hitting Tennessee. Why would I not just drive from NC straight through Tennessee to Arkansas? Do the mountains make the trip longer? If I routed my GPS from North Carolina to Memphis (taking me straight through Tennessee) then went on to Arkansas would this make my trip any shorter?
So overall question is: How long REALLY does it take to drive from east to west through Tennessee? Because Rand Mcnally suggested that it takes about 13 hours to get out from North Carolina to Memphis. Please someone enlighten me on which route is best.
On Interstate 40, you can drive from one end of Tennessee to the other in about 7 hours.
Yeah, that was a messed up GPS you used to have. Don’t know your starting point in North Carolina, or your destination in Arkansas, but it seems that I-40 is your puppy.