Drive from Austin, TX to Atlanta, GA & Back: A Road Trip Guide

Hi. This weekend our little family traveled to Atlanta, Georgia from Austin, Texas by road. I'm so proud of my husband for driving all the way back and forth. It was a crazy loooong drive for 16++ hours -- this includes our many stopovers because we're with our 2-year-old toddler.

I'm glad we took I-20 instead of I-10. This interstate road is lined with big trees on each side -- certainly a pleasant view to look at while driving. Makes the really long drive a little bit easy.

Below is our travel itinerary.

Austin, TX to Atlanta, GA

05:30 - 06:00 Start driving from Austin, Texas to Louisiana ( 6 hours drive with stopovers )
12:00  Drive-thru lunch somewhere in Louisiana 
12:00 - 7:00pm Louisiana to Birmingham, Alabama ( 7 hours drive with stopovers ) 

Spend the night in Alabama. (We stayed at Best Western Plus in Leeds, Alabama.)

Best Western Plus in Leeds, Alabama

Messy bed from last night. But, of course, It's not easy putting a toddler to sleep on the first day of travel.

We had our dinner on Day 1 at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Love this place. I like checking out items on their shop while waiting to be seated. Glad it's near the hotel.

DAY 2 
6:30 - 7:00 Breakfast at Edgar’s Bakery at Birmingham, Alabama (Opens at 6:30 am).

We woke up late we weren't able to have breakfast at the hotel let alone visit the bakery. It would have been nice to stop by.

10:00 Start drive to Atlanta, GA from Alabama
2:00pm (EDT time zone) Eat and Sightsee Atlanta, GA
4:00 Check-in at the hotel. We stayed at the Peachtree Hotel & Conference.

We decided to visit the Georgia Aquarium for our little love. World of Coke is right next door. 

Georgia Aquarium Beluga Whale

Day 3, Day 4, Day 5
Daddy's Workshop 

We actually went to Georgia for a workshop my husband attended. Me and our toddler, who turned 2 this month, tagged along.

And this is how we spend our days at the hotel. 

I bought with us this bath toy so he could play with it at the pool or in the tub. It's fun for him because it squirts water out. Below are other interesting suggestions.

Day 5
3:30 - 4:00  Start driving to Passion City Church at 515 Garson Drive (1-hour drive from the hotel). Church starts at 5:00 pm

Atlanta, GA to Austin, TX

Day 6
6:30 Hotel breakfast
7:00 (EDT time zone) Start driving from Peachtree City Georgia to Austin, TX (16++ hours with stopovers)
12:00 Drive-thru lunch somewhere in Mississippi
10:30pm (CDT time zone) Actual arrival time in Austin, TX.

Alternative Schedule [This is our first plan.]

Day 6 
6:30 Hotel breakfast
7:00 (EDT time zone) Start driving from Peachtree City, Georgia to Jackson, Mississippi (7 hours drive with stopovers)
12:00 (CDT time zone) Drive-thru lunch somewhere in Mississippi
1:00 - 3:00 Visit Mississippi Children’s Museum
3:00 - 8:00 Drive from Mississippi Children’s Museum to Shreveport, Louisiana (4 hours drive)

Spend the night somewhere in Shreveport, Louisiana

Day 7
6:30 - 7:30 Breakfast at Julie Anne’s Bakery & Cafe (Opens at 6:30 am)
7:30 - 1:30pm Drive from Shreveport, Louisiana to Austin, Texas (5 - 6 hours drive)
12:00  Drive-thru lunch somewhere in Texas.

Expected to arrive in the afternoon in Austin, TX.

Driving all the way from Peachtree City, GA to Austin, TX with a toddler is no easy feat. Kudos to the husband for the effort!

You might like to check out our I-20 stopovers from Austin, TX to Atlanta, GA photo diary here.

I hope this road trip guide from Austin, TX to Atlanta, GA is helpful.