Montgomery-New Orleans-Houston-San Antonio-Fredericksburg-Bandera-Dixie Dude Ranch-Dallas-Crater of Diamonds in Arkansas - Memphis-Atlanta
46 hours and 34 minutes of driving between cities
My son has been obsessed with Texas for years so this year we decided to take a road trip to see Texas.
I would book the cowboy ranch first as it was hardest to book and work around it.Book all hotels in advance and tickets to museums, crater digging, Nasa, swamp tour, Duck master if you do it.Most of the other places we winged it.
Items you may want to bring with you besides normal stuff (amazon affiliate links if you click on the name it will send you to the link fo rthe ones we have)
We bought cowboy boots ( get the long socks too) and hat in Texas for him
Make sure to have an oil change and car checked before you take this trip.
We went the first two weeks of June so it was hot, but we live in Atlanta so were used to it.We had some things planned ahead and some we added as we went. I noted below two places we wished we had done on this trip.
Once you hit Alabama, you will be an hour behind Atlanta time zone for the whole trip.
When we pack the car we had a cooler in the back of car but where my son could reach it.We had snacks and games for him too.
We make a trash bag and trash at stops along the way.
I always have a change of outfit and sweatshirt in easy reach if needed.
Atlanta to Montgomery
3 hours 20 mins
Montgomery Renaissance hotel
Click here to read about what we did in Montgomery. We left at 6:30 am to get there right when places opened and I highly recommend that.
We ate breakfast on the road in the car (covid times). We left Montgomery and we are off to drive to New Orleans.4 hours 23 min away.
We stopped at the Mississippi Welcome Center. Make sure to ask at each visitor center for pins or other items.
We then went to Biloxi, Mississippi. My mom had always wanted to see what it looked like and was maybe 5 mins off the highway. We got off the highway and took a right and drove a few miles to check it out. I had not been since they rebuilt it from a hurricane years ago.
We stopped at this area near Shaggy's to get out and look at the beach, before the casinos.
We saw this cute place on the beach and decided to try it and we loved it. We would definatly go back here. Shaggy's 1763 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS
Day 11 Drove from Dixie Dude Ranch to Fort Worth, roughly 5 hours . We wanted to stop at Dinosaur Valley on the way, to see the dinosaur foot prints. We had a ticket ahead of time, but due to the rain the tracks were not visible so drove through Austin instead. This was the most traffic of the trip. We stopped at In and Out Burger there as we had never been to one. We then drove to Stockyard in Fort Worth for the 4:00 Bull running but missed it by 10 mins due to traffic. We had dinner at and walked around, click the link above to read about it.
We then drove to the hotel, Ritz Carlton Dallas. It is the only Ritz in Texas. It is about 30 mins away, but we hit Firday night traffic and took over an hour.
We then finally arrived in Memphis, after we had lots of traffic as one of the bridges was under repair. We pulled up the famous Peapody Hotel . we checked in and had our things sent up to the room. We had room service for dinner as we were tired.
Day 14 Read all about what we did in Memphis here.
Day 15 leave Memphis and drive to Atlanta (6 hours and 35 mins). We stopped in Tupleo, Mississippi to see where Elvis Presley was born. It is maybe 4 mins off the exit. Read about our quick visit here.