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Fort Lauderdale to Houston drive

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Fort Lauderdale to Houston road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Fort Lauderdale to Houston. If you're planning a road trip to Houston, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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Day 1, 10:00 am:  start in Fort Lauderdale
drive for about 3.5 hours

Day 1, 1:33 pm:  Walt Disney World
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:33 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 1, 4:58 pm:  Alachua
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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Day 2, 9:00 am:  leave from Alachua
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 2, 11:24 am:  Tallahassee
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:24 pm
drive for about 4 hours

Day 2, 4:09 pm:  Mobile
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:09 pm
drive for about 2 hours

Day 2, 7:17 pm:  Honey Island Swamp
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8.5 hours

Day 3, 10:00 am:  leave from Honey Island Swamp
drive for about 2 hours

Day 3, 11:50 am:  Baton Rouge
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:50 pm
drive for about 3 hours

Day 3, 3:55 pm:  Nederland (Texas)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:55 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

Day 3, 6:21 pm:  arrive in Houston
eat at Uchi
stay at Hotel ZaZa

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?

Walt Disney World  (16 mentions)
    questions about Walt Disney World:
        Tips for bringing toddlers? Just about 3yo.
Tallahassee  (9 answers)
    questions about Tallahassee:
        Best free things to do in Tallahassee?
Mobile  (15 answers)
    questions about Mobile:
        Bus pickup/drop off location?
Honey Island Swamp  (5 mentions)
Baton Rouge  (14 answers)
    Chelsea's Cafe  (4 mentions)
    The Varsity Theatre  (3 mentions)
    questions about Baton Rouge:
        Great music spots in Baton Rouge?
        Must Eats in Baton Rouge?
        Best free things to do in Baton Rouge?
Nederland (Texas)

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Houston, Texas.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

Where's the best place to stay in Houston?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Houston.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel ZaZa, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Houston? Click the blue button below.

Where's the best place to eat in Houston?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Uchi, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Gatlin's BBQ  (5 mentions)
Hugo's  (4 mentions)
Goode Company Barbeque  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Houston? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Houston?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Houston Galleria  (8 mentions)
Hermann Park  (7 mentions)
Cavender's Boot City  (4 mentions)
Miller Outdoor Theatre  (4 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Houston. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Emily Vandenberg from Ann Arbor asked:
Best Mexican restaurants in town?  (15 answers)

 Meradith Stretz from Scottsdale asked:
Young Professional Neighborhood  (10 answers)

 Geraldine Campbell from asked:
Favorite places to eat in Houston?  (9 answers)

 Valerie Sacksworth from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?  (8 answers)

 Norma Porter from asked:
MD Anderson patient  (8 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Houston.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Houston to Fort Lauderdale drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Fort Lauderdale to Houston. Or get a full Fort Lauderdale to Houston flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Fort Lauderdale well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Fort Lauderdale!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,166 miles
driving time of 17 hours, 47 minutes
Houston is 1 hour behind Fort Lauderdale
43 Fort Lauderdale travel answers
9 Tallahassee travel answers
15 Mobile travel answers
14 Baton Rouge travel answers
1 Nederland (Texas) travel answer
75 Houston travel answers

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