Friday, December 28, 2012

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-45 in Texas

Evacuees on Interstate 45 leaving Galveston du...
Evacuees on Interstate 45 leaving Galveston during Hurricane Rita in 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the eastern part of TexasInterstate 45 travels on a diagonal from Dallas through Corsicana, Huntsville, Conroe and Houston. This highway, which is technically an intrastate because it is entirely in one state, ends in Galveston on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. Many will remember photos of the traffic backup on I-45 during the 2005 evacuation for Hurricane Rita. One side of the highway was completely jammed while the other side was empty. Contraflow lane reversal on interstates is now used for hurricane evacuation in many states.

Attractions near this highway include the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston and the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico which are in the Galveston area. Other area attractions have been mentioned in the Interstate 10 post for Houston and the Interstate 20 post for Dallas.

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, when I discuss I-40, 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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