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Posted: 03/20/22 05:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've heard the shortest route from Palm Springs, CA to Texas is the 40 but the grades are steep and roads are rough.

Is the best route interstate 10 to the 20?
We are planning 3 days to get there. Any feedback on best routes.
We will be towing a race trailer


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Posted: 03/20/22 06:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ocexpress wrote:

I've heard the shortest route from Palm Springs, CA to Texas is the 40 but the grades are steep and roads are rough.

Is the best route interstate 10 to the 20?
We are planning 3 days to get there. Any feedback on best routes.
We will be towing a race trailer


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Mid day 10 to the 202 Phoenix bypass is OK.


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We take I 10 toward Phoenix-than before Phoenix we take bypass at Buckeye to Gila Bend-than back to I 10 South.


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lhenry8113 wrote:

We take I 10 toward Phoenix-than before Phoenix we take bypass at Buckeye to Gila Bend-than back to I 10 South.

we do too

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You have 2 options.
First is to Jump down to I8 by the Salton Sea (you pick which route is best based on local traffic conditions). Take the 8 to the 10 and the 10 to the 20 into DFW. At DFW, pick whatever route works best based on local traffic conditions to your final destination.

The second option is 10 to Phoenix where as you get into Phoenix, jump onto the newer 202 SOUTH bypass (don't mistakenly take the 202 NORTH which is miles before the 202 South) and get back onto 10 after Phoenix and continue with the 10 to 20 directions.

The first option is what I prefer just because the routes to I8 in CA are not as haggering as the (close to and within) Phoenix metro traffic can get. It also has less traffic overall.


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lhenry8113 wrote:

We take I 10 toward Phoenix-than before Phoenix we take bypass at Buckeye to Gila Bend-than back to I10 South.


X2 I would go 50 miles out of my way to completely avoid the Phoenix area. You will still have to go through Tucson which is also bad but to avoid I40 you do not have much of a choice. I also recommend avoiding I40 in Arizona as going cross country in the desert is about as good as I40 that is how bad the road condition is on I40 in Arizona.

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I will simply comment on the Texas end of the route.

An alternative would be to take US 281 north off of I-20
then @ Jacksboro take TX 59 all the way to St. Jo where you would
join US 82 E to Sherman where you could take either US 75 N
or TX 91 on in to Denison.
This will avoid the traffic congestion around DFW and bring you straight into Denison.

There are other ways to get up from I-20 to US 82, but this looks like the best.





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Personally, I don't mind I-40 to US-287 to US-82, but yeah, I-40 can be a bit rough in places.

For all-interstate... I-10 to AZ-85 at Buckeye, south to I-8... PHX traffic just isn't worth it, nor do you want to be on I-10 north of Casa Grande, AZ. US-281 to TX-59 to US-82 is a good bypass for Fort Worth.

Another option if you don't mind the back roads is to hop US-70 at Las Cruces and take that up to US-380 across NM and TX. US-62 at El Paso to US-180 isn't so bad either. That runs right past Carlsbad Caverns and Guadelupe Mountains, which was our overnight stop between Tucson and Fort Worth for a few years.



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