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Old 03-15-2011, 03:09 AM
 
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Default Best town to stay for a night on cross country trip?

I'm driving/moving from Los Angeles to Florida with my girlfriend and dog. My first stop will probably be in Phoenix at a friend's house for a night. After that, my only must stop is New Orleans. On my way there, I'm interested in a cheapish, safe, pretty, and fun town to visit in West Texas along the 10.

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Old 03-15-2011, 08:04 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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Let's see.... Your choices are

El Paso
kind of cheapish, relatively safe if you dont cross the border, pretty if you like desert (there are mountains)

Ft. Stockton
Not much to do or look at

Kerrville
Not that far west and very close to San Antonio

Although it is not right on I-10, I would recommend Fredericksburg. It's a slight deviation (maybe 20-30 miles) but is pretty, historic, safe etc

That's it not much more to mention. I-10 in west Texas is pretty bland for the most part. Why not just go to SA, check out the riverwalk. Stay on the outskirts at a cheap motel.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Here and there and everywhere!
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I agree that you really ought to go to San Antonio.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I'll agree with San Antonio. La Quinta hotels are dog-friendly.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:17 AM
 
Location: From TX to VA
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Default Phoenix to Ft Stockton

Are you planning to share the driving?

Phoenix to Ft Stockton is about an 11 hr drive, give or take an hour. San Antonio is another three hours or so. That'd be an awfully long drive in one stretch. Since you're not sightseeing or anything like that, I'd stop in either Van Horn (plenty of motels) or go on down to Ft Stockton (motels right there on the interstate). Once you get through Ft Stockton, there's not much until you reach Ozona TX. And that is one boring drive that becomes way worse when you're tired.

Ooops! Just re-read your post. Not much "fun" to do until you reach Kerrville on IH-10. Good luck on your drive.

Last edited by LilyLady; 03-15-2011 at 09:20 AM.. Reason: Additional info
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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At least its 80 mph on that stretch of land! Last I heard Amerisuites were also pet friendly.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: League City
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Let's see.... Your choices are

El Paso
kind of cheapish, relatively safe if you dont cross the border, pretty if you like desert (there are mountains)

Ft. Stockton
Not much to do or look at

Kerrville
Not that far west and very close to San Antonio

Although it is not right on I-10, I would recommend Fredericksburg. It's a slight deviation (maybe 20-30 miles) but is pretty, historic, safe etc

That's it not much more to mention. I-10 in west Texas is pretty bland for the most part. Why not just go to SA, check out the riverwalk. Stay on the outskirts at a cheap motel.
I agree. If you want small quiet and peaceful but with loads of stuff to do, then definitely Fredericksburg. Or if you want a big city, then stop in San Antonio and visit the Riverwalk.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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If you can make it to San Antonio from Phoenix, I would stop there. The Riverwalk is a must stop destination for anyone.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:06 PM
 
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I guess I might have to stop in New Mexico for a night or far west Texas? Someone suggested I bypass San Antonio and stop in Austin via the 290..more fun, and I would save miles and traffic.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:33 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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Austin would be going off route, and doesn't have any real east west freeways. 290 is a state highway. San Antonio has much more variety to do than Austin anyway.
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