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Old 10-16-2017, 02:12 PM   #1
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Hello please tell me about US Highway 90.

In February, I am thinkin of takin US Highway 90 from Van Horn, Texas to Jacksonville, Florida. Like my journey across US Hwy 50, I plan on takin 3 or 4 months and ain't got any problems with detours and such. Just gotta be in Virginia by July.

I appreciate your thoughts, suggestions and advice.

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US90 across Louisiana is much to be preferred over I10. You miss the long bridge over the Atchafalaya Basin, the long bridge over the Bonnet Carré Spillway, and the horrible pavement east of Lafayette that are perennial sources of complaints about I10.

US90 across Mississippi and Alabama is a much more scenic and interesting drive than I10 as well. Taking US90 also lets you avoid that danged I10 tunnel in Mobile.

But once you get into Florida, US90 and I10 run so close to parallel that there's not much difference except US90 is slower.
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We just traveled 90 from Van Horn to Hondo, TX. Road was in good shape and relatively lonesome. Some construction was in the finishing stage. We detoured off at Marfa to go to Fort Davis and returned to 90 at Alpine.

It beats pounding the interstate with the commercial traffic.

Not sure about winter conditions. I10 can get closed in west Texas during some winter storms.

The Davis Mountains are a great place to visit in spring and fall. Never made the trip in winter.

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US90 across Louisiana is much to be preferred over I10. You miss the long bridge over the Atchafalaya Basin, the long bridge over the Bonnet Carré Spillway, and the horrible pavement east of Lafayette that are perennial sources of complaints about I10.

US90 across Mississippi and Alabama is a much more scenic and interesting drive than I10 as well. Taking US90 also lets you avoid that danged I10 tunnel in Mobile.

But once you get into Florida, US90 and I10 run so close to parallel that there's not much difference except US90 is slower.
Did they replace that narrow Rigolet bridge at the outflow from Lake Ponchatrain?
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Did they replace that narrow Rigolet bridge at the outflow from Lake Ponchatrain?
Not on US90.
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I think Protagonist nailed it. But the Bankhead tunnel on 90 out of Mobile now backs up on weekends as badly as the Wallace tunnels on the interstate. Highway 98 is a beautiful route from Spanish Fort (other side of Mobile bay) to Perry, Florida although the stretch from Pensacola to Panama City takes you through the prime beach towns. It shouldn't be too bad in February. There are a number of great state parks in that stretch right off 98. If you take 98, you could either head north from Perry to i-10 t Jacksonville or detour south slightly to take in cedar key (assuming it has recovered from
Irma) and even down to crystal river and homossasa to see the manatees in February and then back up to cut across through Ocala horse country (beautiful drive), palaka and on up to Jacksonville.
Also, I'm drove highway 90 from New Orleans to Slidell last December and the bridge across the rigolet had been replaced.
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I'm drove highway 90 from New Orleans to Slidell last December and the bridge across the rigolet had been replaced.
Thank you for the correction. Must have gotten the US90 and US11 bridges confused in my age-addled mind…
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Travelin Man - also consider Mardi Gras will be celebrated first two weeks of February in New Orleans and Mobile culminating with Fat Tuesday on 2/13. Some people would want to plan to make it others to avoid it. If you decide to partake, I have courtesy parking within easy walking distance to parade route in downtown Mobile.
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You don’t need to take either tunnel in Mobile, simply follow Hwy 90 to the Bankhead tunnel and keep in the right hand lane at the entrance. Go to the 2nd light and turn left. Follow the truck route signs for Hwy 90 and you will find yourself at the other end of the tunnel.
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Travelin Man - also consider Mardi Gras will be celebrated first two weeks of February in New Orleans and Mobile culminating with Fat Tuesday on 2/13.
Good point! I either stay home at my apartment if I've got company in town, or go camping far away for Mardi Gras if I don't have company coming, so I completely forgot about the campground situation during the Mardi Gras season.

If you want to stay anywhere near New Orleans— including Bayou Segnette SP, Fairview-Riverside SP, Fontainbleu SP, Pontchartrain Landing, French Quarter RV Resort, St. Bernard SP, Buccaneer SP in Waveland, MS, or New Orleans West KoA— you had better make your reservations NOW. And even now, 4 months out, you may find most of them completely booked up for Mardi Gras already.

If the closer campgrounds are all fully booked, you might have a shot at Sun Roamers RV Park in Picayune, MS just off I55 or Lakeside RV Park in Livingston, LA just off I12. They're both about an hour's drive outside of New Orleans, so they're less likely to fill up for the parade season. Bogue Chitto SP near Franklinton, LA is also far enough away to have a good chance of vacancies for Mardi Gras, but is harder to get to from New Orleans than are Sun Roamers and Lakeside.
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Hello please tell me about US Highway 90.

Thanks y’all, you folks are always very helpful and I appreciate it.

I ain’t leaving California til February 1st or so. I don’t think I’d be in Louisiana til March or April. I ain’t in a hurry, I wanna see nice places and spend time in nice towns. I will detour as desired. I may wanna explore near Natchez and the town of Natchitoches, which Maggie said is a very nice place.

All suggestions are welcome.

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U.S 90 goes through the three Mississippi coastal counties. Hancock (west), Harrison (central), and Jackson (east). In Hancock County there's Buccaneer Sate Park, which is located on the Gulf of Mexico. It's a little south of U.S. 90. The two casinos in Hancock County also have RV parking. Bay St Louis has a nice small group of restaurants located on the water front.

In Harrison county, U.S. 90 runs parallel to a 26 mile man made beach. It is a very scenic drive with the beach on one side and large live oak trees and some nice homes and businesses on the other side. If you like Walmart camping, the Walmart in Pass Christian, MS is located on Hwy 90 and has a great beach view. There are a couple of RV Parks in Biloxi on U.S. 90 across from the beach and restaurants.

Just as you enter into Jackson county on U.S. 90, there's the Gulf National Sea Shore in Ocean Springs. It is a nice campground that is part of the National Park system and is located on the Gulf of Mexico. From there, it's an easy drive to the Alabama state line. Bellingrath Gardens west of Mobile is also a nice place to visit.

As already mentioned above, the Mississippi Gulf Coast also celebrates Mardi Gras and all the coast cities have Mardi Gras parades. It is a very family friendly atmosphere. In 2018, Mardi Gras is February 13th and the parades usually start about 3 weeks before that and are on the weekends and Mardi Gras day. Several of the Mardi Gras parades travel down Hwy 90.
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US 90 Texas

Big Bend National Park! One night in Marathon, the Marathon Motel has a small RV Park walking distance to the historic Gage Hotel. The Bar in The Gage, (if you do that) is great.

Big Bend is desert and mountains. Unhitch your TV and drive up to the Chios Mountain Basin, beautiful area, great hiking if you are into that or just sit there and look at the scenery.

Davis mountains are also quite nice, but Big Bend is a don't miss it.
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This is all true, we live in Lafayette, LA. I-10 east of here is currently being widened. However, Hwy 90 going through lafayette and for about 30 miles east of here are a nightmare pulling a trailer. Lots of bouncing. I suggest you use the service road once you get past Broussard for as long as you can. Much smoother surface.
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Yes 90 is much more interesting than I 10, lots to see.
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I only know 90 from San Antonio west out to Big Bend and east through to Houston, but I know it is a good highway. I expect that it is similarly good through to FL.
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Very informative thread.

We did this trip to be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras years ago. Very happy we did it then but one of those trips where once was enough. Other than the rough roads outside of Lafayette I recall the rest of the trip as uneventful towing wise.

Have fun & be safe, Traveling Man.
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But once you get into Florida, US90 and I10 run so close to parallel that there's not much difference except US90 is slower.

So maybe hwy 98 startin in Pensacola? Seems like that would be the more scenic route? Do ya know how that road is? Seems like a lotta nice place on that hwy.

Thank you for your advice, protagonist, I appreciate it.
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I think Protagonist nailed it. But the Bankhead tunnel on 90 out of Mobile now backs up on weekends as badly as the Wallace tunnels on the interstate. Highway 98 is a beautiful route from Spanish Fort (other side of Mobile bay) to Perry, Florida although the stretch from Pensacola to Panama City takes you through the prime beach towns. It shouldn't be too bad in February. There are a number of great state parks in that stretch right off 98. If you take 98, you could either head north from Perry to i-10 t Jacksonville or detour south slightly to take in cedar key (assuming it has recovered from
Irma) and even down to crystal river and homossasa to see the manatees in February and then back up to cut across through Ocala horse country (beautiful drive), palaka and on up to Jacksonville.
Also, I'm drove highway 90 from New Orleans to Slidell last December and the bridge across the rigolet had been replaced.


Yes this is what I think I will do. Thank you very much, Jarrod.
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U.S 90 goes through the three Mississippi coastal counties. Hancock (west), Harrison (central), and Jackson (east). In Hancock County there's Buccaneer Sate Park, which is located on the Gulf of Mexico. It's a little south of U.S. 90. The two casinos in Hancock County also have RV parking. Bay St Louis has a nice small group of restaurants located on the water front.

In Harrison county, U.S. 90 runs parallel to a 26 mile man made beach. It is a very scenic drive with the beach on one side and large live oak trees and some nice homes and businesses on the other side. If you like Walmart camping, the Walmart in Pass Christian, MS is located on Hwy 90 and has a great beach view. There are a couple of RV Parks in Biloxi on U.S. 90 across from the beach and restaurants.

Just as you enter into Jackson county on U.S. 90, there's the Gulf National Sea Shore in Ocean Springs. It is a nice campground that is part of the National Park system and is located on the Gulf of Mexico. From there, it's an easy drive to the Alabama state line. Bellingrath Gardens west of Mobile is also a nice place to visit.

As already mentioned above, the Mississippi Gulf Coast also celebrates Mardi Gras and all the coast cities have Mardi Gras parades. It is a very family friendly atmosphere. In 2018, Mardi Gras is February 13th and the parades usually start about 3 weeks before that and are on the weekends and Mardi Gras day. Several of the Mardi Gras parades travel down Hwy 90.


Thank you, Overlander & Sea. This is very good information, as I do enjoy stoppin at the occasional casino lot of Wal-Mart or Cracker Barrel and now I better understand the parts of Mississippi I will be passin through. Thank you.
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