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Old 05-30-2013, 10:19 PM
 
Location: TX
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Hi all,
My family will be traveling by car from Santa Fe to Dallas, TX in late June. Google maps gives us two routes: route 1 has us take 285 to I40 to Amarillo, then US 287 from Amarillo to Dallas. It is the shortest trip by about 40minutes. route 2 has us take 285 to I40, then Hwy 84 and then to hwy 60, passing by Fort Sumner and Clovis, then through Lubbock, then 84 to I 20 to Dallas.
Has anyone driven these routes before? Is it relatively safe, or does one have more windy roads than the other? We were planning on only driving for the about 5-6 hrs for the first day, sleep in the closest big city in TX or NM, then wake up the next day and drive the rest. We have two young ones in car seats, and they get antsy after 3 hrs.
Any advice and tips would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Eldorado at Santa Fe, NM
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Take the first route! I've driven it many times. Perfectly safe. US 287 in that part of Texas is like a Interstate. Plenty of other people around and not isolated like the other route. It also has the best and cleanest rest stops I have ever seen! Every once in a while between Amarillo and Wichita Falls, TX you'll need to slow down to 35mph for a small town, but it's no big deal.

I took that route three weeks ago on my way to Louisiana. It's my favorite way to get across Texas.

Hope that helps.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Yep, I agree - first route.
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