Road trip 2-3 weeks starting in Houston. Going this month. Ideas?

  • TR_Latitude10

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    Jul 03, 2015 3:24 AM GMT
    Hey my fellow travelers. I found a good airfare into Houston. I have some friends in Austin and Dallas and then need to make my way to Oklahoma to see the family. Not sure where to go from there. Suggestions? Also, which rental car company would be a good choice for this type of trip? I'll be travelling alone, so don't need a fancy car. TIA....
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    Jul 03, 2015 12:16 PM GMT
    Assuming that the first leg of you trip will be Houston-Austin, definitely avoid going via Route 290. It looks shorter on the map but it's a nightmare of traffic lights in every town along the way.
    Take I-10 instead.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 03, 2015 12:34 PM GMT
    Avoid Texas altogether and fly into either New Orleans, Atlanta, or Miami and start your cross country road trip in one of those three wonderful, vibrant cities. Don't waste any time or money in the lone star shithole of Texas, it is hot, flat, featureless, and loaded with both fascistic gun owners and narrow minded bible thumping screwballs. It's largest cities- Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Fort Worth, along with its shitty unfriendly capital city of Austin all resemble sprawling, hideous suburbs with third world style traffic congestion and are mostly asphalt pavement and look alike ranch style houses with a shopping mall, a skyscraper, and a long skinny green belt here and there to barely break up the dull Texas style monotony. Texans for the most part are Duck Dynasty loving, anti US, undereducated, belligerent assholes that call people from all the other 49 states and even from Puerto Rico "a damned Yankee". Pass by Texas or more accurately TexASS entirely and focus on all the other more American states, seriously.
  • TR_Latitude10

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    Jul 03, 2015 1:55 PM GMT
    Thanks for the highway driving tip....

    The open road will be mine post Oklahoma and I'll have at least 10-14 days. Shall I go east, west, north?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 03, 2015 3:50 PM GMT
    TexDef07 saidAssuming that the first leg of you trip will be Houston-Austin, definitely avoid going via Route 290. It looks shorter on the map but it's a nightmare of traffic lights in every town along the way.
    Take I-10 instead.
    WRONGicon_exclaim.gif I-10 is the worst road to take and it doesn't go anywhere near Austin. Plus I-10 is loaded with smelly noisy trucks and that damned highway is always under construction. Avoid I-10 altogether. US Route 290 is definitely the easiest and most direct route from Houston to Austin despite a few scattered traffic lights in Harris and Waller Counties. Otherwise US 290 is a grade level four lane divided highway for almost the entire length between Houston and Austin.

    As much as I detest Texas after ten years living there, I do clearly remember the best route from Austin to Houston and after traveling both on I-10 and U.S. 290, it would be obvious to any sound minded person to take US Route 290 and avoid I-10 like the bubonic plague.
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    Jul 03, 2015 4:30 PM GMT
    If you belong to Costco, rent a car thru them; I've found they're consistently the cheapest by far. If you belong to Triple A, get a TX guidebook and study it; they've helped me see A LOT of cool places and things that I'd not have known of otherwise. Check out the NASA museums around Houston. Definitely spend at least 2-3 days in and around Austin, and check out the area around New Braunfels for its German culture. You may want to swing thru DFW coming or going on your route. Finally, go into TX - and everywhere else - w/ an open mind. Treat the people you meet courteously and in a friendly manner w/o being condescending - Texans HATE that, especially coming from out-of-staters - and you'll have a much better trip than if you go there - or anywhere - w/ your or someone else's chip on your shoulder.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 03, 2015 6:03 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidIf you belong to Costco, rent a car thru them; I've found they're consistently the cheapest by far. If you belong to Triple A, get a TX guidebook and study it; they've helped me see A LOT of cool places and things that I'd not have known of otherwise. Check out the NASA museums around Houston. Definitely spend at least 2-3 days in and around Austin, and check out the area around New Braunfels for its German culture. You may want to swing thru DFW coming or going on your route. Finally, go into TX - and everywhere else - w/ an open mind. Treat the people you meet courteously and in a friendly manner w/o being condescending - Texans HATE that, especially coming from out-of-staters - and you'll have a much better trip than if you go there - or anywhere - w/ your or someone else's chip on your shoulder.
    In other words just keep your mouth shut while you are in Texas and don't say anything until you cross the Red River into Oklahoma.icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 03, 2015 6:45 PM GMT
    TR_Latitude10 saidThanks for the highway driving tip....

    The open road will be mine post Oklahoma and I'll have at least 10-14 days. Shall I go east, west, north?


    Depends. Are you going to do homosexual things (other than rest stops) or want a great road trip. If it's a great road trip, then

    https://youtu.be/7kBGUozpuUI

    Stay mostly off of the Interstates except when heading back to Houston to fly home, west Texas along 1_10 is some purdy country.

    I've done 40 - 45 cross country trips by car so let us know whether you're looking for a feast for the eyes or for the dick and we will have suggestions.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 04, 2015 1:08 PM GMT
    TomSOCAL said
    roadbikeRob saidAvoid Texas altogether and fly into either New Orleans, Atlanta, or Miami and start your cross country road trip in one of those three wonderful, vibrant cities. Don't waste any time or money in the lone star shithole of Texas, it is hot, flat, featureless, and loaded with both fascistic gun owners and narrow minded bible thumping screwballs. It's largest cities- Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Fort Worth, along with its shitty unfriendly capital city of Austin all resemble sprawling, hideous suburbs with third world style traffic congestion and are mostly asphalt pavement and look alike ranch style houses with a shopping mall, a skyscraper, and a long skinny green belt here and there to barely break up the dull Texas style monotony. Texans for the most part are Duck Dynasty loving, anti US, undereducated, belligerent assholes that call people from all the other 49 states and even from Puerto Rico "a damned Yankee". Pass by Texas or more accurately TexASS entirely and focus on all the other more American states, seriously.


    Hmmm..... Interesting response ..... Texas license plates are the most common foreign plate in Scottsdale. That wasn't the case back in 2008-2010 when Scottsdale was accessible for the Middle Class Arizonans. So they are moving here cashing out with their Oil Fracking Money. Their kids, cash out as Trust Funders from their parents, and smoke dope and everything else.

    They also like moving to Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Truckee, CA. I've met a lot of Texans up there.

    Robb.....What if the OP started in Denver and went down to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and then East ???

    He would have discovered the "real America" and very beautiful scenic country, the majestic Rockies, two clean modern vibrant cities of Denver and Albuquerque, the unique historic city of Santa Fe and than east along an old US or a state route into Oklahoma's long narrow panhandle and on to visit family and old friends.icon_smile.gif The only missing piece is whereabouts in Oklahoma is he visiting his familyicon_question.gif
  • mountainncboy

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    Jul 06, 2015 1:42 PM GMT
    Hmmmm, sounds like a fun road trip. If you don't mind hot weather and you love music, I would head east. First check out the Ozarks in Arkansas, something I haven't done, but really want to. Then head to Memphis, Tennessee, maybe do a river trip on Mississippi River. Then check out some Mississippi towns if you enjoy Blues. Then head to panhandle of Florida or Alabama for some beach time and finish up in New Orleans before heading to Houston. Simple.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 09, 2015 12:04 PM GMT
    It is too bad that you cannot start your road trip in Costa Rica and drive north through Mexico and into the U.S. But the seriously troubling situation in Honduras would make that segment of the drive extremely risky. Very sad because I am sure there is a lot of scenic country that you have to fly over thanks to Honduras and its volatile instability.icon_sad.gif
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