Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory

One Tank Trip for North Texas Camping

Total mileage / average drive time:
201 miles – 3 hours, 48 minutes

From it’s location in the middle of the southern U.S., and just a little larger than France, Texas is a hodge podge of seven major land regions put together. Traveling through, the areas flow together beautifully changing from dark pine woods to rolling hills and eventually lead to the sparse, yet beautiful desert. Much like Texans themselves, each area is distinctive and unique and lends to the great expansive scenery Texas is known for.

Let’s kick our northern tour off in Austin, one of the most vibrant and energetic cities in the country, with music, water and Hill Country all coming together in a panorama that is distinctly Texan. In addition to the many clubs and festivals that draw music-lovers, Austin is also home to PBS’s longest running show, “Austin City Limits” which in many ways helped to foster the city’s music boom of recent years. Free tickets to the show can be hard to come by so if you are not one of the lucky few you can tour the studios of KLRU on the UT campus. East Sixth St., also known as Old Pecan Street, is lined with several music venues that play home to well-established acts, along with up and comers. For nightlife of a different kind, Mt. Bonnell, along Old Bull Creek Road, offers a stunning view of Austin’s skyline. Come just before dusk and bring your camera.

Round Rock
19.1 miles – 26 minutes
Heading north on I-35, the once sleepy, now suddenly bustling, town of Round Rock is part of the burgeoning I-35 corridor. Named for a big round rock that marked a well-worn ford in Brushy Creek for Chisholm Trail cattle drives (still visible wagon ruts mark the spot), this is one of the fastest growing communities in America. Corporate headquarters for Dell and Nolan Ryan’s triple A Round Rock Express stand shoulder to shoulder with the historic downtown area and Old Settler’s Park.

32.8 miles – 36 minutes
Further north lies the surprising little community of Salado, an unexpected gem in the Central Texas Plains. Noted craftspeople and artists have infused this small town with a kind of hip, but uniquely Texan, brand of laid back cool. Main Street and the surrounding area are dotted with more than 60 shops featuring the work of local artisans, antiques and treasures yet undiscovered.

50.7 miles – 59 minutes
Situated along the Brazos River, Waco is home to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, which both documents and definitely celebrates the exploits of those distinctly Texan ball players; the Texas Rangers.

98 miles – 1 hour, 47 minutes
Only about an hour and a half north from Waco is the shining star of Texas style, glitz and excess: Dallas. As much of an idea as a destination, this city began with a single log cabin in 1841 and has grown into a major population center, complete with sleek glass skyscrapers, fashionable neighborhoods and nightlife galore. To say there is a lot to do in Dallas is like saying Texas is kind of big. Start your visit off at the Dallas Museum of Art, with its world-class collection including important works from Georgia O’Keefe. Galleria Dallas is a must see landmark for the shopaholic in your life, while the Deep Ellum District features shops, restaurants, bars and live music all within a gentrified warehouse district. Sports more your style? Just pick your season. The Cowboys, Rangers, Stars and Mavs fill your sports calendar with professional play. On the college level, the great Red River Rivalry, also known as the annual Texas-Oklahoma football game, is played here at the neutral site in the Cotton Bowl.

Check out the 2011 One Tank Trip For North Texas
Check out the 2010 One Tank Trip For North Texas
Woodall's Recommended Campgrounds in Texas

Back to One Tank Trips for 2012