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South Bend to Austin drive

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  South Bend
 Orland Park
 Mount Vernon (Illinois)
 Cape Girardeau
 Memphis
 Little Rock
 Texarkana (Texas)
 Plano
   Austin 
driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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South Bend to Austin road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from South Bend 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 South Bend and Austin. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between South Bend 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 South Bend
drive for about 2 hours

11:49 am  Orland Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:49 pm
drive for about 4 hours

4:51 pm  Mount Vernon (Illinois)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:51 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:46 pm  Cape Girardeau
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Cape Girardeau
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:40 pm  Memphis
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 3:10 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:18 pm  Little Rock
eat at Doe's Eat Place
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Little Rock
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:19 am  Texarkana (Texas)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:19 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:55 pm  Plano
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:55 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:11 pm  arrive in Austin
eat at Chuy's Restaurant
stay at Hotel San Jose

day 3 driving ≈ 8 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Orland Park  (3 answers)
    restaurants around Orland Park:
        Ottimo
    questions about Orland Park:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Orland Park?
        Best free things to do in Orland Park?

Mount Vernon (Illinois)  (2 answers)
    questions about Mount Vernon (Illinois):
        I need Locals Advise

Cape Girardeau  (4 answers)

Memphis  (114 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
    questions about Memphis:
        What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?
        What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?
        Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??
        Best blues clubs in Memphis?
        Good Food and Fun With Kids

Little Rock  (41 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
        Arkansas to Northern California
        Good Eating Gems
        Can't miss restaurants in Little Rock?

Texarkana (Texas)  (9 answers)
    questions about Texarkana (Texas):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Texarkana (Texas)?

Plano  (9 answers)
    Southfork Ranch  (2 mentions)
    Arbor Hills Nature Preserve  (2 mentions)
    Shops At Legacy  (2 mentions)
    Richardson Mercantile  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Plano:
        Densetsu Japanese Restaurant
        Cadillac Ranch
        First Chinese B-B-Q
        Kabobi Fresh Mediterranean
        Pho Bac Restaurant
    questions about Plano:
        Best free things to do in Plano?
        Good hotels near the Shops at Legacy
        What is your favorite restaurant in Plano?


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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,229 miles
driving time of 17 hours, 54 minutes
Austin is 1 hour behind South Bend
7 South Bend travel answers
3 Orland Park travel answers
2 Mount Vernon (Illinois) travel answers
4 Cape Girardeau travel answers
114 Memphis travel answers
41 Little Rock travel answers
9 Texarkana (Texas) travel answers
9 Plano travel answers
178 Austin travel answers





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