Anyone planning a road trip in a state as big as Texas knows that the best way to get around is with a recreational vehicle. Located just southeast of what could be considered the heart of the state, Austin works as a great hub city for traveling to and from tons of different cities. Dallas, El Paso, Corpus Christi, and everywhere else are viable vacation spots once you hit the road. This doesn't even cover what's there in Austin itself, like the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, or the shows at the Continental Club.
Naturally, this means it's typically not that hard to find yourself an RV rental in Austin. First, though, it's helpful to know what to look for in an RV; specifically, what type of RV you might want to rent.
There are three different types of RV classes: A, B, and C. Though they serve the same function in providing a place to live while on the road, their specifics are quite different. Click the link to learn more and see which RV fits your needs.
While one of the benefits of the RV is being able to sleep just about anywhere, there are few things more fun than finding a real campsite to wind down at. Austin is filled to the brim with some of the best RV campgrounds in the state, one of them being the Evergreen RV Park. Pet-friendly with a great community of people and the all-important Wi-Fi service, it's a first choice for finding a place to camp in Austin.
You don't have to even leave Austin to experience the amazing state parks of Texas. McKinney Falls State Park is a must-see while you're there. Some of the park's most notable features include the scenic upper and lower falls along Onion Creek, as well as its several designated hiking trails. The park itself is also part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. We've mapped out the top 10 state parks near Austin to make your trip planning a breeze!
Big Bend National Park is one of the premier vacation and sightseeing spots in all of Texas. For anyone who really wants to get away from the world, this is the place to go. Almost remote given both its size and the fact that only a few small towns have been built around it, you can lose yourself in Big Bend by hiking, climbing Emory Peak, watching the birds, fishing, or just relaxing under the shade of a tree. For a more structured experience, you can join a group led by one of the park's rangers on a sightseeing hike.
Park visitors can greatly benefit from having an RV to retreat to at times as Big Bend is known for its varying weather, easily going from highs of over 100 degrees in the summer to near-freezing chills during winter.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is the place to go if you're looking for remoteness as well as peace and quiet. The park is at the southern end of the Rocky Mountains in the far western corner of the state, and it features Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas. With plenty of options for hiking and horseback riding, Guadalupe Mountains is a mecca for outdoors enthusiasts.
If you plan to be out and about at some point but don't simply wish to park your RV somewhere, an RV storage facility is the best way to ensure your motorhome is safe. There are plenty of services that provide RV storage in and around Austin, giving you peace of mind while you're off enjoying your vacation. Guards, security cameras, and other safety measures are standard at most places like these, so don't hesitate to trust them with your home away from home.
Dumpstations are an important consideration for all RV trips as they're the only place to safely and legally get rid of your waste stored in your RV. Austin has many of these facilities across the city and well beyond its borders, most tied in with RV campgrounds. Places like the Austin Lone Star RV Resort or Crestview RV Center offer dumping for both registered guests and outsiders alike, though these and many may charge a small fee to the latter group for use of their facilities. If possible, try to plan your dumping to coincide with your stay at any campgrounds that might be part of your RV trip for the most efficiency.
An RV trip is the perfect way to celebrate holidays or slow down the daily grind. In Austin, there's always plenty of fun to be had year round. Want to explore the rest of the state? We have you covered - here are 15 must-see spots for your Texan road trip. RVshare can help you plan your trip in advance to ensure you're making the best use of your time.
Austin has plenty to do for the adventurous RVer. Places like the Austin Aquarium or the Austin Zoo are worth a look, especially if you're traveling with kids, and adults might get a kick out of The Escape Game Austin. If you're looking to do some shopping, make sure to check out places like Allens Boots for some quality footwear or Wild About Music if you like music or anything related to making it.
If you're visiting Austin at any time between March and October, be sure to take in the most unusual show in town: the nightly emerging, just before sundown, of millions of bats from under the Congress Avenue Bridge.
Austin is home to several sports teams for anyone who might like to catch a game while they're visiting. The Bold, the Spurs, the Stars, Round Rock Express, and plenty more hold games either year-round or at different seasons, meaning there's always something going on no matter when you decide to visit. The city also has a thriving theater community, Long Center and Paramount Theatre being two of your best bets for catching a show.
Coming or going, Austin is the king when it comes to traveling by road. Passing through the city are no less than five major roadways, including I-35, U.S. 290, SH 71, SH 165, and Loop 343.