There are several ways to get to/from and around the city of Houston, Texas. Let’s explore them.
Of course you can always use a mapping software such as Google Maps to determine how to get here by car. The city is easily accessible via the Eisenhower Highway system.
I-45 runs north/south, I-10 runs East/West through the city and I-69/US 59 runs north/south through the city.
I-610 (The Look), Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Parkway/Tollway) and US 9 runs around the city in concentric circles.
Like many U.S. cities, the highways have local names. Despite the fact that I’ve lived here since 1996, I still don’t know some of the names. Here’s a list of names that you will hear when you visit Houston.
- Baytown Freeway: SH 146
- Baytown-East Freeway: I-10 Eastbound
- Crosby Freeway: US 90
- Cypress Parkway: FM1960
- Decker Drive: Spur 330
- Downtown Split: Spur 330
- Eastex Freeway – I-69/US 59 Northeast
- Emmett F. Lowry Parkway: FM1764
- Fort Bend Parkway/Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road: Fort Bend Tollway
- Grand Parkway: SH 99
- Gulf Freeway – I-45 South as its heads to the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston
- Hardy Toll Road: The Hardy
- Katy Freeway: I-10 Westbound
- La Porte Freeway: SH225
- The Loop, 610 Loop, Loop 610: I-610
- North Freeway: I-45 North
- Northwest Freeway: US 290
- Sam Houston Tollway: Beltway 8
- South Freeway: SH 288
- Southwest Freeway: I-69/US 59 Southwest
- Spur 5: Spur 5
- Tomball Parkway: SH249
- The Westpark: Westpark Tollway