On our trip over Thanksgiving, we drove west on I-10. If you have ever driven that part of I-10 in West Texas, you know how boring it is. It’s seriously yawn inducing. There isn’t even truck stops and clusters of buildings around the exits to change the scenery. On the way back then, we decided to drive Hwy 90 from Marfa to San Antonio. The mileage was about the same and it was only maybe a half hour longer. Best part though, there are a few things to see along Hwy 90.
We started the day in Marfa, about a half hour from Alpine, where we had stayed the past couple nights. It is a tiny mountain town, known for it’s ghost lights and for it’s art scene. It’s quite popular with the hipster crowd. It’s an adorable town though.
Next stop was Marathon. The highway goes right past the Gage Hotel. We originally had reservations to stay here, but we then changed our itinerary and needed another night, which they didn’t have, so it was the Hampton Inn for us. The movie Giant was also filmed in the area and the cast, including James Dean (it was his last movie), Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson, stayed at the Gage. If we are ever back in the area, I want to stay here.
From them on we would come to towns, but they didn’t have gas stations and any restaurants they did have weren’t open. We drove for what felt like forever before we finally came to civilization, aka Del Rio. We drove over the Armistad Reservoir, which was weird to see all that water after having driven through desert for hours.
From Del Rio on, we had small towns, but populated small towns with gas stations. We were driving through towns I was familiar with and hear about on a frequent basis. It was a nice drive and a lot more interesting than I-10. If you have the option take Hwy 90.