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Roadtrip with RVshare Dallas to Galveston

If you like traveling around the country to see what it has to offer, a Dallas to Galveston road trip is something that you need to check out. The road trip itself is not long at all; you can get from Dallas to Galveston in under five hours by going down I-45 South. However, there are many beautiful towns to stop by and other exciting places to see such as the Texas Prison Museum, Old Town Spring, or the Sam Houston National Forest that can add some extra days to your trip in exchange for an unforgettable experience. The road trip itinerary from Dallas to Galveston is one that can't be missed.

Dallas to Galveston Road Trip Itinerary

  • Trip Length: The average driving time is four hours and 20 minutes. However, it can take a bit longer if you make some stops.
  • Mileage: It’s 267.69 miles from Dallas to Galveston.
  • Fun Fact: The stretch of Interstate 45 that connects Dallas to Galveston is also known as the Gulf Freeway because it was the first freeway that was built in Texas. It was built from 1948 to 1952.

Nearby National Parks

There are many national historical parks that you can find in the country, and there are some that you can visit if you take a small detour from your chosen traveling route. You can also check RVshare’s national park guide to see other parks that you can visit someday. 

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

This popular national historical park tells you the story of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the U.S. You can get a guided tour of the LBJ Ranch, which includes a visit to the Texas White House’s grounds. This park is amazing if you want to take a look at old but interesting architecture and to get some memorabilia from the park’s store.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

If you have some time to spare before arriving in Galveston, you can visit this national historical park. This park is currently considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it still preserves four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio. This is an amazing place to visit; get to know its history and take some beautiful pictures.

Nearby State Parks

Texas has a lot of beautiful state parks that you can visit while on your road trip from Dallas to Galveston. If you want to learn more about these fantastic places, check RVshare’s state park guide for more information.

Fort Boggy State Park

This state park has over 1,800 acres, and you can explore them all! There are over 3.5 miles of trails to tackle with your bike, and you can also go swimming, fishing, or paddling on the park’s 15-acre lake. One of the most attractive features of this park is that it has cabins and campsites that you can use to stay overnight. You can find this state park halfway through your Dallas to Galveston RV road trip.

Cedar Hill State Park

If you love beautiful landscapes, this state park is for you. Cedar Hill State Park provides over 1,200 acres for recreational activities and exploration. The park is located near Joe Pool Lake, which is 7,500 acres; this makes it a perfect place to go boating. If you’re a fishing enthusiast, you can find crappie, catfish, and largemouth black bass on that lake, too. The state park has 350 campsites, which are equipped with hot showers and restrooms nearby; if you want to spend the night somewhere, this is a great place with incredible landscapes.

Fort Parker State Park

This state park is one of the most peaceful places you can find while on your Dallas to Galveston road trip. There are about 7 miles worth of trails, so you can explore them on a bike or on foot if you want. You can also do any recreational activity from swimming to camping to bird-watching. The best thing about this state park is its sunsets; it has some of the most beautiful sunsets in Central Texas, so if you’re looking to snap some great pictures while on the road, this is a fantastic place to do it.

Fairfield Lake State Park

You can find Fairfield Lake State Park in the north of the city of Fairfield. This is a top-rated park among people who enjoy camping activities. This park has about 1,460 acres, making it a good option for people who go with an RV. If you enjoy warm weather, this park tends to have constant warm temperatures throughout the year. Since the park is right next to Fairfield Lake, you have over 2,400 acres available for fishing, water skiing, and swimming. You can also enjoy activities such as bird-watching, hiking, and others.

Along the Way

The Sam Houston Statue

If you’re taking I-45, you are going to come across the Sam Houston Statue in Huntsville. Sam Houston was the first president of the Republic of Texas, before it became a state, and his statue is located in a beautiful area with picnic tables and restrooms for you to take a load off. If you want, you can also visit the gift shop there to learn more about Sam Houston’s story.

Old Town Spring

You can find the small town of Spring, Texas, just along I-45. There, you can find a shopping area called Old Town Spring. There are many restaurants, art galleries, and antique shops. This is a fantastic place to spend an evening or an afternoon out of the sun.

Ennis Bluebonnet Trails

If you happen to be traveling during spring, you can take a small car tour in the town of Ennis. This small town is famous because of its gorgeous bluebonnet trails, so you can get some great pictures for your photo album.

Texas Prison Museum

This is a great place to visit if you are interested in Texas’ history. This museum is located in Huntsville, and it’s popular because it contains the history of the state's prison system. You can get a guided tour of the place while looking at some antique artifacts, an exhibit on inmate art, prison hardware, and many other things. At the end of the tour, you can visit the museum’s gift shop and get anything from books to t-shirts to coffee mugs.

Main Cities You Will Pass Through

While you can make your Dallas to Galveston road trip in less than five hours, you may choose to camp overnight. There are many small towns that you can pass by with some fantastic campgrounds that have dump stations.

Fairfield

The city of Fairfield may be small, but it has just what you need to rest overnight and be ready for a new day of traveling. It’s located in Freestone County. One of the most attractive places in this city is Fairfield Lake State Park, which is a perfect area for campers. The 1,460-acre area makes it an excellent destination for RVs, so you can go there to enjoy recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, or biking and then spend the night surrounded by nature.

Spring

This small town is famous because of its massive number of recreational areas and parks. Places such as the Botanic Gardens and Old Town Spring are amazing for buying souvenirs and for spending some time taking pictures or resting from the road trip. If you’re planning to spend the night in this city, you’re in luck since there are many campgrounds for you to park your RV in. Most of these campgrounds are equipped with everything that you need to take some time to rest or do some fun activities such as swimming and fishing. 

Conroe

This city is located in Montgomery County. According to the Census Bureau, Conroe was the fastest-growing city in the U.S. between 2015 and 2016. There, you can find many points of interest to keep an eye out for, such as the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County, the Acre Wood petting zoo, and Moorhead’s Blueberry Farm. If you love hiking, you can go to the Lone Star Hiking Trail, which connects to the Sam Houston National Forest. The city of Conroe provides many convenient campgrounds to park your RV regardless of its size.

Houston

Houston is the most populous city in Texas. This city is loaded with shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, and recreational sites. You can reach Houston just before arriving at Galveston, so if you need to rest before arriving at your final destination, this may be a great place to spend the night. Since Houston is such a prominent place, it also has many places for you to park your RV. Houston’s campgrounds can be found in many areas around the city, and most of them are fully equipped with restaurants and other attractions.

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A Dallas to Galveston RV road trip can go by in a flash, so we suggest that you take your time and visit all the amazing places that you can find nearby. Traveling in an RV is a liberating experience that you have to try at least once; if you don’t have an RV, consider renting one using RVshare in either Dallas or Galveston, and make it a road trip that you can’t ever forget!

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