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Road trips are a perfect opportunity for family bonding and sightseeing. During your next trip to Gulf Shores, why not choose to take the scenic route? You’ll save money on airfare, and who knows what adventures you’ll stumble upon on your way there. There’s plenty of attractions along your Dallas to Gulf Shores drive that the whole family will love. Want to know the best part? At the end of your drive, you’ll be rewarded with an awesome Gulf Shores family getaway! Are you ready to start planning your Gulf Shores vacation? Browse our deluxe selection of vacation rentals and book your trip today!

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3 Must-See Cities on Your Dallas to Gulf Shores Drive

Ten-hour drives can be long, especially with a car full of kids. Add some fun to your road trip by stopping to stretch your legs and explore as you make your way to your destination. Here are our favorite places to stop between Dallas and Gulf Shores.

1. Shreveport, LA

About three hours into your journey, you’ll need a break. Why not stop in Shreveport? Get some air at the Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park, a 160-acre conservation park. There are hiking and nature trails to explore, as well as restrooms and a pavilion. Shreveport is also home to the American Rose Society gardens, the nation’s largest park dedicated to roses. With 20,000 rosebushes, sculptures, and fountains scattered through the park, it’s the ultimate scenic stopping place on your road trip.

2. Jackson, MS

Jackson, Mississippi has plenty of fun activities that kids will love. It only takes an hour or two to stop at The Jackson Zoo, home to over 200 animal species. A spin on the zoo’s train or carousel is just what your family will need after spending hours in the car.

Another popular attraction in Jackson is the Mississippi Children’s Museum. The museum has plenty of interactive exhibits and unique programs that kids will love. Give them an hour to play, and then load the car for the last few hours of the drive.

3. Mobile, AL

After you drive through the De Soto National Forest, you’ll arrive in Mobile, AL. If you have time for one more stop, it’s worth taking a self-guided tour on the USS Alabama in Battleship Memorial Park. Then, you’ll make your way to your final destination, Gulf Shores. Please note that even though your GPS may route you to the ferry, it’s usually better not to rely on the ferry’s irregular schedule.

Congratulations – you’ve made it to Gulf Shores! Now it’s time to relax and enjoy some of our favorite Gulf Shores activities. Is it your first time vacationing here? We’ve created a first timers guide to Gulf Shores to make your planning even easier.

End Your Road Trip at Harris Properties

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With so many exciting things to see on your Dallas to Gulf Shores drive, we know you’ll need a place to relax when you arrive. Lightly Salted, a vacation home in the heart of Gulf Shores, sleeps ten with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. The home’s two balconies are perfect for relaxation, and the modern, fully equipped kitchen is every chef’s dream.

There’s nothing better than spending time with family by the beach. Check our availability and start planning your Gulf Shores vacation today!