A road trip can be the most wonderful vacation you’ve ever been on, especially if you’re going on a family vacation. Road trips can give you a real taste of what this big beautiful country is like; they can be the perfect opportunity to share some unforgettable family memories, bond with the kids and really relax. There is something special about just putting all your stuff in a vehicle and taking off to wherever the road takes you.
Even so, jumping into a car or van for a long road trip can be a tight squeeze for a family of four or more. Just the idea may make you want to give up on the road-trip idea as a vacation option. Stop by a local shop, like Dave Arbogast RVs, to get tips and important information for your road trip.
Going on a road trip affords you the flexibility of taking off to wherever the wind blows. However, you still may want to do a little planning before you take off, and decide on the general direction of your trip. Consider going out west to Texas where the roads are wide, gas is as inexpensive as it can be, and there are tons of things to see.
As you head on down through Oklahoma, the first big city you’ll come to is Dallas. Find an RV park on the outskirts of town, there are more than a few nice ones, and spend the day exploring the city. Visit the Dallas Zoo, the largest Zoo in the state, then head over to the botanical gardens to spend the afternoon or spend a few hours at the aquarium.
After spending a day or two in Dallas head down to Waco, just about an hour or two from Dallas. The kids will love seeing the Texas Rangers Hall of fame and learning all about the Texas Rangers.
Head down towards Austin and stay in an RV park near the New Braunfels area. Take the kids to the famous Schlitterbahn for a great waterpark day. This has been voted the best waterpark in the country. Enjoy the quaint western cafes, restaurants and small amusement parks in the area.
A couple of hours down the road you’ll find Austin, the capital of the state. There are lots of things to see here. Visit the capital building, the Driskill Hotel with its Victorian Architecture and antique furnishings. Imagine, some of the largest cattle deals were negotiated right from the lobby of this hotel; then head over to the Blanco State Park which is near the downtown area. This great swimming hole is fun for the whole family, and the lagoon makes a great swimming place. You’ll find lots of great RV parks all around the Austin area.
San Antonio, Texas
From there you can travel with the kids to San Antonio. Visit the Alamo, the river walk and enjoy watching all the people walking back and forth. The kids will enjoy the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum and many other little western shops your see along the river walk.
Texas is a big state, and there are many state parks, camping sites and cities of interest for families on a long RV road trip. Remember, part of the fun is just spending time together, playing board games, listening to music, going for walks and more. It’s all about enjoying the road and the company.