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Old 09-14-2021, 05:31 PM   #1
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We’ll be traveling from Amarillo, TX to Shreveport, LA in October. We would like to avoid bad roads, bad traffic, and if possible, tolls. We’re not in a hurry, and don’t mind getting off the interstate. We’re a 44’ class A towing a car. Would anyone like to suggest routes? Thanks in advance!

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I haven’t traveled that route since Aug 2019, and I don’t recall thinking it was a rough ride…but there is no telling what it might be like now after February’s Freeze-pocalypse. I do however remember (from the same trip) thinking IH25 between Cheyenne and Denver had been used for bombing practice.

I grew up in East TX near Shreveport (East TX accent - we called it Shrees-port) and have driven that route hundreds of times since the early 70s going to and coming back from CO…more trips in a passenger car than pulling a 5th wheel. Honestly I don’t remember ever thinking it was a bad rough route. Always enjoyed the drive.
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Old 09-14-2021, 07:15 PM   #3
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From Fort Worth to Shreveport is pretty decent on I-20. No toll roads to hit from FW to S'Port. I pulled my travel trailer from Fort Worth to Tyler & back this past weekend. Traffic was fairly heavy, but no real issues. Be aware, all bets are off once you hit Shreveport proper.

I would probably take US-287 from Amarillo to Fort Worth, then I-35W south to I-20. However, I haven't been on that section of 287 in a long time.

There is a toll road along 35W but I don't think it buys you anything to take the toll road. Traffic will be heavy on I-35W but it isn't that bad. You can kick over to 287 in downtown FW and possibly cut a few miles off the trip. It will involve a lot of lane changes either route.

DO NOT TAKE I-820 around the east side of Fort Worth. There is construction on I-820, east loop they call it, that will pucker you up going through the narrow lanes in the construction area. I-820 around west side is less an issue, but probably adds 10-15 miles to the trip and unless you really wanted to visit that Camping World on the west side of Fort Worth, not noteworthy.

Oh, and the family in Shreveport area refers to it as Sleezeport.
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If you want to avoid I-20 and the Dallas metroplex, take 287, turn off on 82 outside Wichita Falls, continue on to Texarkana, then I-49 down to Shreveport. All good road as of the last time I drove it a couple of years ago. No major city driving to deal with along the entire route, much of the 287 and 82 are divided 4 lane highway, some of it even limited access.
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I agree with Isaac.

Take 287 to Henrietta, take 82 east. If you're going to stop for the night, Winstar Casino will give you a free night if you sign up for a players card. Just turn north on 35 in Gainesville and cross the river.
Take 82 to Texarkana and down to Shreveport.

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Thanks to everyone who replied! You've been very helpful.

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I did a 5500 mile trip this past spring and the I49 between Texarkana and Shreveport was the worst wash board road that I have ever driven and will avoid it at all cost in the future.
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If that is the case, it must be something new, I last drove that section of I-49 in 2019 and was was smooth, very good road with light traffic, one of the best sections of interstate I have seen in the region, only down side is lack of gas stations. I-20 around Shreveport is awful by contrast.
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