Midland is located on the north side of I-20, accessible via exits 136 and 138. Tex. 349 runs north-south through the city. Odessa is located 21 miles west of Midland on the north side of I-20, accessible via exits 112 through 121. U.S. 385 (Grant Ave.) bisects the city north-south, through downtown and to I-20.
Midland International Airport, located between Midland and Odessa at 9506 La Force Blvd. (tel. 432/560-2200; www.flymaf.com), is the primary commercial airport in the area, served by American, Continental, Southwest, and New Mexico Airlines. Car-rental companies are on-site.
Laid out on a fairly standard grid that parallels I-20, Midland is a relatively easy city to navigate by car. Most of the accommodations are located on the west side of town on Wall Street (Business 20), which continues east through downtown. Loop 250 circumnavigates the city.
Odessa's busiest street is Grant Avenue (U.S. 385, also known as Andrews Hwy.), which runs north-south through downtown. 42nd Street becomes Tex. 191 and continues east to Midland. Loop 338 circles the city.
The Midland Convention and Visitors Bureau, 109 N. Main St., Midland, TX 79701 (tel. 800/624-6435 or 432/683-3381; www.visitmidlandtexas.com), and the Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau, 700 N. Grant Ave., Ste. 200, Odessa, TX 79761 (tel. 800/780-4678 or 432/333-7871; www.odessacvb.com), can provide additional information on the cities. There is a new visitor center in Midland just north of I-20 on Old Rankin Highway.
Fast Facts -- Midland Memorial Hospital, 2200 W. Illinois Ave. (tel. 432/685-1111), has a 24-hour emergency room; Midland's downtown post office is at 100 E. Wall St. Medical Center Hospital, 500 W. 4th St. (tel. 432/640-4000), is Odessa's largest full-service hospital; the main post office is located at 200 N. Texas St.