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Knoxville to Austin drive

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  Knoxville
 Grand Ole Opry
 Memphis
 Little Rock
 Texarkana (Texas)
 Dallas
 Waco
   Austin 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Knoxville to Austin road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Knoxville to Austin. If you're planning a road trip to Austin, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Knoxville and Austin. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Knoxville and Austin. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Knoxville
drive for about 3 hours

1:08 pm  Grand Ole Opry
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:08 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:08 pm  Memphis
eat at Central BBQ
stay overnight at Peabody Hotel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Peabody Hotel
drive for about 2 hours

1:08 pm  Little Rock
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:08 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:27 pm  Texarkana (Texas)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Texarkana (Texas)
drive for about 3 hours

12:51 pm  Dallas
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 3:21 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:50 pm  Waco
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:50 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:34 pm  arrive in Austin
eat at Chuy's Restaurant
stay at Hotel San Jose

day 3 driving ≈ 6 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Knoxville, Tennessee.

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?

Grand Ole Opry  (12 mentions)

Memphis  (96 answers)
    Beale Street  (9 mentions)
    Graceland  (9 mentions)
    National Civil Rights Museum  (8 mentions)
    Memphis Zoo  (7 mentions)
    Mud Island  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Memphis:
        Central BBQ
        Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
        Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
        Payne's Bar-B-Q
        Cozy Corner Restaurant
    hotels around Memphis:
        Peabody Hotel
    questions about Memphis:
        What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?
        What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?
        Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??
        Best blues clubs in Memphis?
        Good Food and Fun With Kids

Little Rock  (34 answers)
    William J Clinton Library  (6 mentions)
    Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site  (3 mentions)
    Governors Mansion Historic District  (2 mentions)
    William J. Clinton Presidential Center  (2 mentions)
    Museum of Discovery  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Little Rock:
        Doe's Eat Place
        Loca Luna
    questions about Little Rock:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Little Rock?
        Best sights in Little Rock
        Good Eating Gems
        Can't miss restaurants in Little Rock?
        Best hotels in Little Rock?

Texarkana (Texas)  (7 answers)
    questions about Texarkana (Texas):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Texarkana (Texas)?

Dallas  (106 answers)
    Perot Museum of Nature and Science  (14 mentions)
    Dallas Museum of Art  (12 mentions)
    The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza  (10 mentions)
    Nasher Sculpture Center  (9 mentions)
    Klyde Warren Park  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Dallas:
        Pecan Lodge
        Lockhart Smokehouse
        Peggy Sue BBQ
        Smoke
        Oddfellows
    questions about Dallas:
        Where is the best barbeque in Dallas?
        Where to go for lunch in Dallas?
        Going to Dallas for 2 weeks - what to see?
        Best free things to do in Dallas?
        Best breakfast spots in Dallas?

Waco  (5 answers)
    Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum  (2 mentions)
    Dr Pepper Museum  (2 mentions)
    Flying J  (2 mentions)
    questions about Waco:
        RV parks in or near Waco Texas.


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Austin, Texas.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Austin?

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 Austin.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel San Jose, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The W Austin Hotel  (7 mentions)
The Driskill Hotel  (4 mentions)
Austin Motel  (4 mentions)
Hotel Saint Cecilia  (4 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Austin?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chuy's Restaurant, which was mentioned 11 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Torchy's Tacos  (11 mentions)
Uchi Restaurant  (9 mentions)
Salt Lick  (7 mentions)
The County Line  (7 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Austin?

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:

Franklins BBQ  (27 mentions)
Zilker Park  (25 mentions)
Barton Springs Pool  (17 mentions)
Continental Club  (11 mentions)
Rainey Street  (8 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 Austin. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Tony from Seattle asked:
Best BBQ in/near Austin?  (16 answers)

profile  Agnes from New York City asked:
Do I need to rent a car for a week in Austin?  (12 answers)

profile  Alyssa from Rahway asked:
Food trucks  (11 answers)

profile  Brent from New Jersey asked:
What are the must-sees in Austin?  (10 answers)

profile  Joy from Berlin asked:
Best eats/bars in Austin under $25?  (9 answers)

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




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 Austin to Knoxville 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 Knoxville to Austin. Or get a full Knoxville to Austin 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 Knoxville well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Knoxville!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,044 miles
driving time of 15 hours, 18 minutes
Austin is 1 hour behind Knoxville
12 Knoxville travel answers
96 Memphis travel answers
34 Little Rock travel answers
7 Texarkana (Texas) travel answers
106 Dallas travel answers
5 Waco travel answers
155 Austin travel answers





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