Friday, November 9, 2012

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-40 in Oklahoma and Texas

Tenkiller Ferry Lake and dam.
Tenkiller Ferry Lake and dam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 40 travels through the middle of Oklahoma and through the panhandle of Texas linking the major cities of Oklahoma City and Amarillo. One thing to keep in mind for I-40 as it continues west is that major cities are few and far between. The small towns along this route may have only one hotel. Take particular care in determining where to stay. Usually I stay in Oklahoma City on my way west. On my return trip east, I stay in Amarillo. My gas stops are Exit 75 in Amarillo and Exit 140 in Oklahoma. Attractions in Oklahoma include Tenkiller Lake, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Black Kettle National Grasslands and the Oklahoma City National Memorial for the victims of the bombing of the federal building. Sanford National Recreation Area and Palo Duro Canyon are located in Texas near this highway.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, since I am discussing I-40 in Oklahoma, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.
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