Houston Traffic Hotspots: The Clear Lake Narrows
Highway 3. Known as the Old Galveston Highway, it parallels the Gulf Freeway to the east. Unfortunately, it can also become ensnared with traffic thanks to the explosion of Clear Lake City.
To Clear Lake:
225 to Beltway 8 to Genoa Red Bluff. This is a sneaky smart way to get to Clear Lake and a fascinating drive through the heart of Pasadena's chemical refineries. Hold your breath and you'll be fine.
288. It goes southeast instead of straight south, but you can cut over on Highway 6 and take that nearly all the way to Galveston or take 518 through Pearland over to Friendswood.
More Adventurous Alternative:
Take 288 all the way to Surfside Beach and go up the coast to Galveston along the Blue Water Highway. It's a lovely, scenic drive if a bit out of the way. And since you are going to the beach, why not skip Galveston altogether and just hang in Surfside, which is awesome.
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