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Old 03-20-2009, 09:57 PM
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I'm planning a move from San Francisco to a small town east of Dallas, Texas. I see main choices on routes. Either take I-40 all the way and bypass both LA and Dallas, or take I-10, then I-20.

Has anyone traveled these routes? Have an opinion favoring one or the other? Any warnings I should know about?

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Old 03-20-2009, 10:28 PM
Location: Cushing OK
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I-40 is a beautiful drive. Open area, we ran into no traffice in August before Labor day, well maintained road. I don't know about the 20 but have travelled on the train through south west texas too many times. Take the road to the east, you'll have a much nicer ride.
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Old 03-21-2009, 06:45 PM
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I-40 is definitely a better road to travel than I-10 to I-20. I-10 is very long especially through Texas. They are probably the same, but I-40 seems to have more services in more frequent intervals than I-10. Just one mans opinion.

But I used to drive cross-country for 16 years in a tractor-trailer for a living. Take that for what it's worth.
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Old 03-21-2009, 07:13 PM
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Definitely take I-40. In Amarillo take US 287 right into Dallas. I think it's all four lane. May be some construction pockets here and there but overall an easy ride and much more scenic. Good luck!
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Old 03-21-2009, 07:56 PM
Location: Western Hoosierland
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I agree with everyone eye four 0 is definetly the best route to take! US 287 is 4 lanes all the way according to my knowledge and is also at freeway standards along sections of the route.
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:10 PM
Location: Austin Texas!
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I have driven both routes and definitely agree with everyone else I40 is the way to go!
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:04 PM
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Agreed; I-40 is the best way. (U.S. 287 is also good road) There is a fairly large mountain pass on CA 58 (Tehachapi) before you get to I-40, but it's nothing you can't handle. Also, Flagstaff, AZ can have VERY changeable weather in the Winter months.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:20 PM
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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I-40 is the way to go, unless you feel compelled to see "The Thing" off I-10 or Tombstone in Arizona, there isn't much to see.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:17 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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I-10 can be quite boring through west Texas and there are not as many places to stop. I'd take I40, as there are more stops available. Part of it is old route 66 if your into nostalgia. Head east to OKC then south on I35.
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Old 03-28-2009, 06:51 PM
Location: Central Fl
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Seems we have a consensus
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