6 hours from Vicksburg on I-20 will get you pretty close to (or in) Atlanta (at least at the speed I drive :) I used to live in Augusta and my hometown is Vicksburg so I made that drive _a lot_). I've only stayed at a couple hotels around that way but I did stay at the Drury Inn by ATL one night all on my lonesome and didn't feel unsafe.
There really aren't a lot of biggish towns between Birmingham and Atlanta, but I don't know that anywhere would be unsafe (unless when you say stop you mean you're planning on parking somewhere/camping? I got nothing on that count).
EDIT: just saw Peachbelle's reponse: I've liked Oxford when I would make pit stops there. :)Edited: 02 July 2016, 03:32
Thank you both so much. I will look for hotel in Oxford AL or Douglasville GA for our stop over. Knew we didn't want to stay right in Atlanta - too big & traffic. Hoping we can whiz through on I-20! We are not camping for sure:) We are 2 couples in our late 50's, early 60's and haven't been on a road trip in quite a few years (been flying)- don't know how far we can sit in a car now days...lol Afraid to just wing it and stop when we feel like it - may not can find a decent room for the night.
Appreciate your time and help.
I've never had an issue driving I-20 through Atlanta. Seems like most of the traffic gets hung up on the loop around the city. If you can, I'd try to time it so I'm not driving through during rush hour though, just to be sure.
If you're looking for somewhere to stop for lunch after that and don't mind making a slight detour off I-20, there's a place called "Betsy's on the Corner" in Aiken, SC that's pretty tasty. Plus it's a nice downtown area in general but I don't know what your itinerary is like. :)
I will add Betsy's to my list :) Thank you for your post.
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