BB_TX gives the best over all route. We do this 2x a year and there's simply no better way.
One small hint, US82 is about 3 to 4 miles north of Bells, TX.
When you get to Gainesville, watch the exit onto I-35 north, it's a tad tricky.
Don't recommend coming into Dallas, then taking LBJ/I-635 around the east to north side of Dallas. There's always some fender bender traffic jam, where some idiot was on a cell phone or texting.
Besides, the residual DFW traffic starts in Greenville on I-30 and it's always heavy into Dallas.
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From Florida to Oklahoma, I don't go anywhere near Dallas, but I'm not going through, or coming from, Shreveport either. Nor New Orleans.
My route goes up through Mississippi on US-49/49W and US-82 to cross the river at Greenville, then up US-65/I-530 to pick up I-40 in Little Rock.
If I am already west of the Mississippi (like when visiting wife's family in Monroe, or anyplace in eastern Texas) I will take something through northeastern Texas through Paris, then up US-271 to get on the Indian Nation Turnpike in Hugo, taking that to I-40 at Henryetta.
From Shreveport to Paris, I've taken US-71 and US-82, and I-20 to US-271. I prefer the first because getting through Longview was a lot worse than going through Dallas, something I've done at least 50 times in the past 30 years and find to be not at all difficult.
I don't try looping around Dallas to find I-35 somewhere north of Dallas because I find I-35 too congested on the approaches to OKC, it simply hasn't been expanded to deal with suburban growth. Approaching from the east on I-40 (or I-240 if bypassing) there hasn't been the growth.
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