Interstate 10


Interstate 10 is approximately 2,460 miles long. That length makes it the 4th longest interstate in the United States, behind I-90, I-80 and I-40.

Its western end is right on the west coast where it terminates at the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, California. Its eastern end is in Jacksonville, Florida, where it connects to I-95 North and South.

Attractions Near I-10

I-10 arguably could be considered the 'Fun' Interstate, as it travels along a significant part of the Gulf of Mexico, visits New Orleans and terminates right at the Santa Monica Pier.

To be fair, there are long stretches of the highway that wind through vast desert areas. But even then, travelers are treated to beautiful Arizona landscapes with Saguaro cacti, and wide open skies of west Texas.

It might even be a bucket list item for some to travel the length of the interstate from start to finish (this writer included!). If you happen to be one of them, here is a list of some of the many fun things to do and see on your journey:

  • Big Talbot Island State Park Jacksonville, Florida
  • Beaches of Pensacola, Destin and Panama City Pensacola, Florida
  • USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park Mobile, Alabama
  • Dauphin Island Mobile, Alabama
  • Casinos at Biloxi Biloxi, Alabama
  • The National WWII Museum New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Historic French Quarter New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Houston Galleria Shopping District Houston, Texas
  • Space Center Houston Houston, Texas
  • The Alamo San Antonio, Texas
  • Historic Tombstone Tombstone, Arizona
  • Saguaro National Park Tuscon, Arizona
  • Heard Museum of American Indian Art Phoenix, Arizona
  • Santa Monica Pier Los Angeles, California


Much of Interstate 10 was constructed between 1956 and the 1970s, but it wasn't officially completed until 1990, in Phoenix, AZ.

States I-10 Travels Through

I-10 makes its way through 8 diverse and wildly different states, from tropical Florida and the bayous of Louisiana, to the arid southwest and movie stars of Hollywood. Here they are from east to west:

  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • New Mexico
  • Arizona
  • California

I-10 Major Cities

Interstate 10 travels through 2 of the 4 largest cities in the United States (Houston and Los Angeles), and also makes its way through many other fascinating ones. These include:

  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tallahassee, Florida
  • Pensacola, Florida
  • Mobile, Alabama
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Tuscon, Arizona
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Los Angeles, California

Major Connections & Interchanges

  • Jacksonville, FL (Proximity) I-95 N to Savannah, GA I-95 S to Miami, FL
  • Lake City, FL (Proximity) I-75 N to Atlanta, GA I-75 S to Tampa, FL
  • Mobile, AL I-65 N to Birmingham, Alabama
  • Slidell, LA I-59 N to Meridian
  • New Orleans, LA I-55 N to Jackson, MS
  • Lafayette, LA I-49 N to Shreveport, LA
  • Houston, TX I-45 N to Dallas, TX
  • San Antonio, TX I-35 N to Dallas, TX I-35 S to Laredo, TX
  • Balmorhea (Proximity) I-20 E to Abilene
  • Las Cruces I-25 N to Albequerque
  • Los Angeles, CA I-15 N to Salt Lake City, UT I-5 N to Sacramento, CA



Miles:2,460 Miles
States:FL, AL, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ, CA

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