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Old 02-12-2018, 11:13 AM   #1
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I20 westbound to Austin and El Paso, TX

Heading westbound on I20 from GA and we'll be going down to Austin then over towards El Paso.

Looking for routing considerations to avoid Dallas and San Antonio if it's worth it.

We do live / drive in Atlanta (and lived in LA too), so it's not like we are completely big city traffic adverse, but if there are reasonable alternative routes that don't take much more time than just sucking it up around the bigger cities in the RV, we're all for that.

What we are looking at now:

To avoid Dallas (assume weekday, mid day) looking at getting off I20 near Canton, pick up 19 down to 31 to 22 and pick up I35 into Austin. This also avoids Tyler.

From Austin, is 290 a viable route to pick up I10W to El Paso, or just bite the bullet, and go down to San Antonio (assume late morning) to pick up I10?

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as you’re already on I-20 just stay on it until it joins I-10 at Van Horn TX. you’ll avoid SA and all of the road construction in that area.

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Old 02-12-2018, 12:08 PM   #3
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I assume you're not in a hurry? 31 to Corsicana is, er, not fast...I imagine by then you'll have seen enough pine trees anyway.

I'd take 20 through the south side of the Metroplex which is fine so long as it's not a relatively brief period in rush hour. Dallas is not Atlanta and our traffic is relatively benign.

Take 67 south to Hico, TX then cut through down to 287 into Austin. It's a *much* prettier drive with passing/climbing lanes every few miles and you don't have to deal with construction and traffic on 35 which is brutal.
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Where are you staying in Austin? Austin isn't fun either. Your planned route is ok. You could also get off I-20 at Kilgore and take 79 into Austin.

From Austin you could take 290 west into Fredericksburg - a neat area to stay. Then get on I-10 west.

Depending where you want to stay there are usually many secondary road options. That's what we always did. We didn't do interstates unless absolutely no other way which is rare. You see more of the country that way.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:34 AM   #5
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Iíve driven 79 from Kilgore to Austin in a car, itís good road and a pleasant drive. The BBQ as you pass under I-45 is yummy too!
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:06 AM   #6
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Thanks for al the suggestions.

I think we'll just see how the traffic looks around Dallas that day, then decide wether to take I20-I35, or try 79. This is just a short side trip down to see Austin for a couple days, as we head further west for the "real" part of this extended trip.

Also seems likes 290 between Austin and I10 is viable.

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We live on I20 in Louisiana and visit our son in San Antonio 3 or 4 times a year. We take I20 to TX49 (just past Tyler), drop down to TX31 then west to I35 in Waco (TX31 in mostly 4 lane). We then take I35 south. I plan to take US79 in the future because I35 has heave traffic and a lot of construction.
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290 from Austin to I-10 is good. Also, if you are driving straight towards El Paso, the rest area about 30 miles short of the city is good for an overnight.
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I recently got off I-20 at Marshall then took TX-41 and US-79 into Austin area - I would go that way again.
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We live in Austin area, always use 79 to Tyler and Kilgore. Construction is done now, good road. Great RV park (shallow creek) at I20 and Hwy 135 near Kilgore. We do this leg a couple times each year.
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I'd probably drop off 20 in Marshall on 43 then take 79 all the way to Austin.

35 between Waco and Temple can be a nightmare now because of the construction.

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