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Old 07-02-2020, 08:15 PM   #1
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Interstate 10 vs 20 westbound in TX?

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We just acquired a 43ft Entegra and will be heading (in a couple of mths) westbound towards Carlsbad, NM from southwestern Ms. We've never been to TX. and are not sure which route to take;I 10 or I 20? We will stop a few times at RV parks for a spell at each to explore a bit. What should we see and which Interstate is best to take? We like biking, swimming and day hiking.
We prefer smooth roads.
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Old 07-02-2020, 08:43 PM   #2
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I am assuming you are coming from Florida as one of your other post suggested that is where you live. Having said that I20 is the better route across both Louisiana and Texas, the general suggestion for Florida based travelers heading west is to take I-10 to Mobile, the US 49 to I-20 and I-20 on across Texas to where it meets back up with I10. This adds only about 20 miles vs going straight through on I-10. Note there is 15-20 miles of bad road on I-20 east of Shreveport, or there was the last time I was in the area a year ago.

With I-10 you have to deal with Baton Rouge, which can add a couple of hours of delay if you hit it at any of the rush hour times, as well as the Calcasieu river bridge in Lake Charles (one of the oldest and steepest, and narrowest bridges on the interstate highway system), then construction for about 15 miles on the west side of Beaumont, TX, as well as Houston and San Antonio to deal with. By contrast with I-20 you have to deal with some rough road around Shreveport, and then I-20 skirts the south side of the DFW metroplex, missing the center of the city by about 15 miles.

Having said that there is a lot of interesting places in Texas between I-10 and I-20 so consider some of the back highways, perhaps a stop in the Texas Hill country, etc. Note even small 2 lane highways in Texas tend to have a 75 mph speed limit.

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Old 07-02-2020, 09:57 PM   #3
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We've done both and the are very different. I really dislike going through Dallas, but the alternative is Houston. I-20 has endless vistas of oil derricks. We did not have the problem li EMS going through LA on 10, but we've only done it a few times. As the previous poster suggests, take every opportunity to get off the interstate whichever way you choose.
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One reasonably scenic though circuitous route across the region is US84 from Dothan, AL to points west of Waco, TX. I have driven most of this route in bits and pieces over the last few years, and it provides views of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas that one does not get from either I-10 or I-20. It also passes through or near a number of historically and culturally significant areas.
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Old 07-03-2020, 07:31 AM   #5
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Potholes in Hwys and Interstates should be illegal! Having been shocked (never seen hwy & Inters like that before!) going through Michigan's awful potholes in their Hwy(s)and Interstates (very painful w/back injury!) we definitely want to avoid those! But loved Mi and all the midwest (2018) next time will go around those areas!
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Old 07-03-2020, 08:35 AM   #6
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Thanks for the us 84 tip

I winter in AZ and summer in Maine and I am always looking for another way to cross the country the us 84 route looks like a good one,
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Old 07-04-2020, 06:40 AM   #7
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Why don't you do both?

Take I-10 one way then I-20 the other.
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You mentioned Carlsbad... I assume you're planning the national park. Be sure to keep up-to-date on any special alerts.


Also as you travel it's wise to Google for new COVID limitations for travelers. New Mexico has one right now. Entering the state you'll need to quarantine for 2 weeks.

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If you are sight seeing along the way, Iíd do one route out and the other on the way back. Check out the space center in Huston. Alamo and river walk in San Antonio. And lots of other places to see as well. Thatís just a start.
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I dont know how anyone could consider diving along i20 a scenic drive. I10 is way more interesting, and actually scenic, in comparison,
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Give some thought to US90, especially west of San Antonio. Good road, much preferred to I10.
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True, but west of San Antonio I-10 is not that bad either for the most part.
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I live in San Antonio and I-10 way better then in Louisiana. There is construction right before you hit 4-10, but is not bad. Just time you arrival and not hit rush hour and you'll be fine.
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We have take I-10, I-20 & I-40 from/back the Gulf coast of Florida to NM/AZ. It adds a couple of hours but we prefer I-40 based on condition of the roads, traffic and construction. None of the 3 are "scenic" and all are heavily traveled by 18 wheelers.

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