On your Dallas to Birmingham RV road trip, you'll enjoy the amazing sights, flavors and sounds of the South as you travel through the unforgettable cities of Houston, New Orleans and Montgomery. Some of the incredible locations you have to look forward to include the Old Absinthe House in the French Quarter, Martin's and The Galleria, Texas' largest shopping mall. You'll also visit a few iconic destinations as you explore the outdoors at Hot Springs National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Mammoth Cave National Park.
Explore the wilderness at a couple of America's most beautiful national parks on your road trip from Dallas to Birmingham.
Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs National Park is a Southern gem that's four hours and 30 minutes northeast of Dallas. This unique park features nine historic bathhouses that make up its most prominent area, Bathhouse Row, where you can spend a few days soaking in the thermal waters at the Quapaw and Buckstaff Bathhouses. For a bit of history, take a walking tour of the Fordyce and Ozark Bathhouses to learn about the famous visitors of the past before heading out on a hike through the forests of Hot Springs. At the Superior Bathhouse Brewery, you can grab a bite to eat and sample some terrific beers; then, go for a relaxing bike ride on the park's paved trails.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
At Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you'll experience everything the Smokies have to offer, from angling at excellent fishing spots at any one of the park's 2,900 miles of streams to exploring the wilderness in the Newfound Gap. Hiking is another great way to get to a few famous attractions, such as Mount Le Conte, Chimney Tops, and Clingmans Dome, the tallest peak in the park. You can also check out the scenery from the comfort of your own rig on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail or on a relaxing train ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Make sure you stop by the Sugarlands Visitor Center for some park info and a cup of joe before you begin your adventure here. Expect a four-hour drive from Birmingham to reach this location.
Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park is also a little over four hours from Birmingham and is a must-add to your national park bucket list. Here, you'll have access to a mysterious, subterranean world that takes you to prime locations within the caves on the Cleaveland, Domes and Dripstones, Frozen Niagara, and Gothic Avenue Tours. Topside, you can check out the Old Guide's Cemetery on the Heritage Trail and explore a couple of Mammoth Cave's historic sites at the Good Spring Baptist and Joppa Missionary Baptist Churches before you enjoy kayaking on Green River or wandering through the Jurassic period at Dinosaur World.
Enjoy a rejuvenating respite at some lovely state parks as you traverse the highways on your Dallas to Birmingham road trip.
Tyler State Park
Tyler State Park features 13 miles of scenic hiking and biking trails in the lush Pineywoods of Eastern Texas. Enjoy the park's 64-acre lake as you spend the day swimming, fishing, and boating. Then, retire to the shore for an early evening picnic as you watch the sunset.
St. Bernard State Park
St. Bernard State Park allows you to soak up Louisiana's natural beauty along the banks of the Mississippi River as you go on breathtaking bike rides and hikes that take you to nearby historic sites such as the Chalmette National Historic Park and Jackson Barracks. You can also enjoy camping and swimming at this park.
Oak Mountain State Park
In Oak Mountain State Park, you'll have 940 acres of beautiful Alabama woods to trek, bike, and experience on horseback with additional on-site access to an 18-hole golf course, swimming beach, and scenic fishing areas.
NASA Space Center
The NASA Space Center in Houston allows you to explore the wonder of space travel on self-guided walks through exciting exhibits in the Starship Gallery, Mission Mars and Independence Plaza areas. You can also go on a NASA Tram Tour for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Mission Control before you check out the International Space Station Gallery.
Mike the Tiger's Habitat
Mike the Tiger's Habitat is a popular LSU attraction that you won't want to miss as you drive through Baton Rouge. Here, you'll have free entrée to view the only live tiger habitat housed on a college campus where you can watch Mike play in his 15,000-square foot enclosure that features a waterfall and live oak tree.
Uncle Sandy's Macaw Bird Park
Uncle Sandy's Macaw Bird Park is just an hour away from Mobile and will definitely put a smile on your face. At this rescue sanctuary, you can view and interact with a variety of exotic birds for a nominal fee that includes a cup of peanuts to feed the parrots.
In Houston, you'll have a fantastic time as you head to some of the coolest bars and cafés. Start at the Hobbit Café where you can enjoy a hearty Middle Earth feast and a stellar beer menu that'll make you feel like you're not in Mordor anymore. Then, set off for a day of adventure as you play laser tag at Battlefield Houston, perfect your swing at TopGolf and practice your rock-climbing skills at the Texas Rock Gym. When night falls, hit Uptown Park for some tasty craft cocktails at Belvedere before you dance up a storm at Etro Night Club. If you're in need of some retail therapy, check out The Galleria, the largest mall in Texas. It features over 400 high-end stores, a full-size ice skating rink, and tons of incredible restaurants. Don't forget to check out the Downtown Aquarium, Kemah Boardwalk, and the Rothko Chapel before you take off.
Southlake RV Resort offers full-hookup campsites with fire pits, on-site propane exchange, and a dump station. A stocked catch-and-release fishing pond and a fun coffee and popcorn bar are also available at the resort.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans invites you to explore its unique history at a couple of the most famous haunts in the city on visits to the Old Absinthe House and Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, where you can get your drink on while listening to some chilling ghost tales. Walks along a few of NOLA's iconic streets take you to a few of the best live music venues at Apple Barrel and Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street, fabulous eateries at Café Amelie and Curio on Royal Street, and one-of-a-kind shopping experiences at Boutique du Vampyre and Hex: Old World Witchery on Bourbon Street. Be sure to stop at a few spooky cemeteries at Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 and No. 2 and have your future told at Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo while you're enjoying the French Quarter.
Pontchartrain Landing is a gorgeous marina resort that features a restaurant and bar, in addition to a pool, hot tub, and daily shuttle transportation to the French Quarter. There's also a dump station, convenience store and a boat dock on the premises.
Montgomery is a city filled with rich history and fun local joints that capture the essence of the South's Cajun roots at delicious foodie hotspots and memorable museums. Satisfy your seafood gumbo and cornbread cravings at Martin's before you head out for a guided tour of the Alabama State Capitol and the Old Alabama Town museum, which features a variety of historic buildings and exhibits about rural pioneer life. At the Eastbrook Flea Market and Antique Mall, you can search for a few hidden treasures and then hop into a hearse for a supernatural adventure on a Haunted Montgomery Tour. Later on, you can sway to the sultry sounds at Jazz & Blues and enjoy heady libations at the 50/50 Club and Alley Bar to cap off a perfect Alabama evening.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Dallas to Birmingham, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Dallas or Birmingham.