Odessa (Texas)

Odessa is a city in West Texas, twenty miles west of its sister city Midland. Much of the major industry in the area is Oil and Gas related. As such, the Midland/Odessa area is colloquially known as the petroplex. Much of the attractions you will find in the area are in Midland, so if you're visiting Odessa, the Midland article deserves a look as well. It's also notable as the fountainhead for the Friday Night Lights media franchise, which began with a 1990 book that explored football at the city's Permian High School, later followed by a movie that was mostly faithful to the book and then a TV series that was a looser adaptation.

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By car

Odessa is located at the junction of US Highway 385 and Interstate 20 in West Texas. Heading east on I-20 will take you through cities like Abilene on your way to Dallas/Fort Worth. Heading west on I-20 takes you through some of the most barren parts of Texas at 80 MPH (the fastest speed limit in the nation) on your way to El Paso. Going south on 385 will take you to Big Bend National Park, while heading north on US 385 will take you through the Texas Panhandle.

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Get around





Due to its proximity to Mexico, Odessa has quite a bit of authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex. Most of these authentic restaurants are found off the beaten path, but are usually well worth the trip.


Many chain restaurants have set up shop in Odessa. It's not hard to find a McDonalds or Burger King.








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Routes through Odessa

Jct W E Monahans  W  E  Midland Fort Worth
Hereford Brownfield  N  S  Fort Stockton Big Bend

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