What is the best driving route from Albuquerque to Houston?

I’ve been stuck in Albuquerque all year and I think I need a bit of a break. I’d like to take a vacation in Houston, but I don’t know if I have time for the drive. What’s the best and fastest route I can take from Albuquerque to Houston?

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Answer provided by
Joshua Levy
Answered on May 20, 2022
The drive from Albuquerque to Houston is relatively easy, but it is pretty long. Unfortunately, the whole trip takes around 13 hours, so you’ll probably need to stop somewhere for the night. That said, here is a quick outline of best driving route from Albuquerque to Houston:
  1. Hop on I-25 N and continue for 1.3 miles
  2. Keep in the right two lanes to merge onto Highway 40 E
  3. Continue for 293 miles
  4. Take exit 78 to continue on US-287 for 212 miles
  5. Exit onto I-35
  6. Continue for 106 miles
  7. Get back on Highway 287 until you reach I-45
  8. Merge onto I-45
  9. Continue until you reach Houston in about 267 miles
While this may be the fastest route from Albuquerque to Houston, it’s not a safe trip to make in one day. Too much time on the road can lead to distracted driving, so it’s best to limit your driving time to a maximum of 9 hours a day. If you can, try stopping along the road somewhere in the middle.
Here are a few good cities for an overnight stop on your way to Houston:
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