Interstate 10

Interstate 10

How long is I-10?

It 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.

Where does I-10 end?

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.

Map of I-10

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

When was I-10 started and completed?

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