The drive from Dallas to Austin is only about 200 miles, or three hours. You might want to stretch it out and make extra stops, or you might not. I think it’s fun to make pit stops for roadside attractions and delicious restaurants, so if you do, too, this post is a great place for you to be!
The drive itself can be rather boring, with flat highways and somewhat boring landscapes, but if you’re driving around sunrise or sunset, you’re in for a treat. To keep the kids occupied during the trip, download some free road trip apps or pack busy bags.
First: Czech Stop
About halfway between Dallas and Austin, you’ll find West, Texas. One of the places to add to your “must see” list on this road trip is the Czech Stop. It’s open 24/7, so no matter when you’re passing through, you can stop in!
This little smokehouse and bakery packs a lot of punch. From fruit kolaches to hot chubbies with cheese, it’s the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner – and of course, dessert! The Czech Stop boasts delicious food, clean bathrooms, and affordable fuel, so it’s a one stop shop for all of your road trip needs. Stock up on some ice for the cooler, and be on your way to Austin in no time.
Next Up: Waco
Waco isn’t a stop everyone plans on making, but if it’s potty break time or you just need to stretch your legs, stop in at the Dr. Pepper Museum. Click here for a $1 off admission coupon. I highly recommend the “I’m a Pepper” baseball tee – it makes everyone smile, and is a great souvenir.
Keep Cool: Inner Space Cavern
If you’re traveling through Texas in the summer, you’ll surely notice the heat! Really, though, even if you’re traveling in the winter, Inner Space Cavern is a wonderful place to stop and visit. Bonus: it’s educational! Kids of all ages will enjoy this cave tour. No reservation required, but check their calendar for availability. Download this $1 off coupon, too!
You’ve arrived! There’s so much to do in Austin. Whether you visit the State Capitol, take a hike around Ziker Botanical Garden, or check out the Austin Panic Room, the fun stuff in Austin could keep you busy for days!
If you have some extra time, or just can’t get enough of the open road, head south about 30 miles from Austin to Lockhart, Texas. Lockhart is the unofficial barbecue capitol of the state, with several very highly rated BBQ joints to choose from.
See the trip at a glance on Mapquest.