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Old 05-24-2015, 12:09 PM
 
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Hi everyone! My family and I will be traveling from Billings MT to Houston TX in July (why not go when it is blazing hot, right?!). I'm wondering whether it is best to take I-40 through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and into TX or whether it is worth it to take Highway 287... which way offers more sightseeing opportunities and things for kids (7,12,15)... Is 287 two lane all the way? Mapquest shows 287 is slightly shorter in distance, but is it worth it to stay on an Interstate the whole way? HELP PLEASE!!
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:40 PM
 
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Someone else will be better able to help you with your questions.

If you have time to spare for the trip, I'd let the kids decide. It''ll be a lot more fun if they pick the route & the things to do. I personally dislike freeways unless time or winter weather or pulling a livestock trailer is the issue.

Take a cooler for cold water & healthy snacks & make certain someone takes photos & videos
Each state has a highway map online showing summer highway construction zones--I'd try to avoid those. Otherwise get out the road atlas & things to do websites & have a great trip. These are memory building times you will not regret taking time for. If you like national parks, there is an annual pass you can purchase at the first one. Or follow dinosaur sites or old forts. Whatever their intetests are, there is bound to be something to do.

Also don't forget food quests---I like to find best pie ever or best bbq or best ice cream. Enjoy your kids, they grow up quick.
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:43 PM
 
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This may sound silly to you however, go to your nearest truck stop and ask a few of the truckers what their opinion is on the best way to go.
Any experienced driver will be able to help you with your questions.
If Mr. CSD was home I would ask him but he happens to be in Tennessee at the moment at a family gathering.
When he calls me later I can ask but it will be much later this evening.
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Old 05-24-2015, 04:39 PM
 
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I live close to Sheridan Wyoming and not long ago did a short (4 years) project in Grand Prairie Texas (located between Dallas and Ft Worth). I traveled back and forth several times and tried several routes.

I traveled I90 to Buffalo and then took I25 South to Pueblo Co. East to LaMar, then took 287 South to Ft Worth. Once you hit the Texas line, it is divided, 4 lane highway, so there is no traffic and very nice cruising. Gental rolling hills, very beautiful country. I recommend it.
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