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Yelp Highway Reviews
By ISJL Education Fellow Rachel Katz
As Education Fellows, we often refer to ourselves as “world travelers.” We have a vast knowledge of the South and how to navigate it due to our experiences on the road. For example, we have terrific insight into where to stop for lunch on a long drive and which terminals offer the best seats for a long layover. Not everyone travels these roads enough to become that familiar with them. What better way to get honest reviews than from the people who frequent these roads? We compiled a list of Yelp reviews from the interstates and highways that our Education Fellows travel.
Sierra D. wrote a review:
“Although it is classified not as a highway, but as an interstate, I-20 is one of my favorite ways to navigate the Southern United States. It stretches onward into what seems like eternity, though it is never a road on which I find myself bored. My relationship with I-20 is both a personal and professional one. I-20 has taken me to Dallas, to Atlanta, to Shreveport, to Birmingham. But it also has welcomed me back home into Jackson—a reminder that no matter where I go on my travels, all parts of my life are connected through the paved roads of this one interstate.”
Matt D. wrote a review:
“US 80 goes from Dallas-Mesquite, TX to Tybee Island, GA. It cuts straight through Jackson, and connects us to, perhaps, the most number of communities on one, non-Interstate road. Included on it (from East to West) are Macon, Columbus, Auburn, Montgomery, (Selma--Rab), Jackson, (Vicksburg--Rab), (Monroe--Rab), Shreveport (x2!), (Longview--Rab), Dallas, Dallas, Plano, Fort Worth. I particularly like the section from Meridian, MS to Montgomery, AL. It is four lanes, 65 miles an hour, and has "cities" about every 45 minutes. You can enjoy the culinary delights in each polis on your journey at that famous, drive-up eatery… Sonic!”
Harrison B. wrote a review:
“Every time I drive through Birmingham on this blessed stretch of highway, the smiling face of Alexander Shunnarah smiles down on me from his billboards that litter the Alabama countryside. I know that if I am in an accident, or am injured on the job, good ol' Alex will fight for me. And given the fact that the streetlights in Jefferson County haven't been fixed in years, I may need to hold on to his number if I do any nighttime driving in the B’ham area.”
Interstate 55 North
Hannah K. wrote a review:
“My favorite highway is 55 N because if I keep going, it'll take me all the way to Wisconsin.”
Interstate 10 East
Josh A. wrote a review:
“The worst highway is I10E going towards Florida. As I cruise along the Gulf Coast, I just _love_ the wind tossing my Corolla around like I'm Aladdin on a magic carpet ride.”
TX-21 W/ E State Highway 21
Mackenzie H. wrote a review:
“TX-21 W/E State Highway 21 is all one lane. Absolutely horrible!”
While these are just a few of the reviews from our education team, we encourage you to take your own journey and experience these highways and interstates for yourself.