May 22, 2019 - May 23, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Most of Waco's hotels and motels are along Interstate 35, with an additional cluster near the intersection of Highway 84 and 6 closer to Lake Waco. Regardless of the location, you'll find a good mix of properties in the city ranging from budget locations at around $40-50 USD per night to luxury locations that are usually around $100-120.
Waco is located about halfway between Dallas and Austin, and has shared in the prosperity that both cities have enjoyed in recent years. The economy in Waco is considered to be booming and real estate sales are brisk, but it is still a more affordable place to live than the major metro areas it sits between. You'll thus also tend to see better hotel pricing in this area.
Though Waco isn't thought of as a tourist destination and does not really have peak or low seasons, there is a strong influx of visitors during the spring break season in March and over the summer. Visitors come to see popular local attractions such as the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum, the Waco Mammoth National Monument, Spice Village, Hawaiian Falls Waterpark, the Dr. Pepper Museum and Cameron Park Zoo. While hotels will not be slammed for the entirety of these periods, you're likely to see the highest prices on weekends in March, June, July and August.
Waco has some fun annual events and festivals that are worth looking into. The Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo in January features bull and horse riding and roping competitions. February's HOT Chili Fest lets visitors sample all the entries. The Texas Food Truck Showdown in April is a great place to sample the state's most creative cuisine. The 4th of July brings a big party along the Brazos River. The Margarita and Salsa Festival in August features great drinks, food and live music. Vintage aircraft take to the skies over Waco during the Heart of Texas Airshow every September. And the Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo is one of the largest fairs in the state and takes place over the course of a week in October.
Waco has a small regional airport, but as it is 30 minutes outside of downtown and has few commercial flights in and out, some travelers opt to fly into Dallas and drive to Waco or take Amtrak from Dallas to McGregor (which is about 16 miles east of Waco). SHOFUR and Greyhound bus services are also available between Dallas and Austin with a stop in Waco along the way, with multiple daily departure options. It's also possible to fly into Austin and travel north to Waco, but it's a slightly longer trip than departing from Dallas.
While not a huge destination people think of, it's a great stopover spot between Austin and Dallas. Also, with the popularity of the HGTV stars, Chip and Joanna, this place has definitely seen an uptick in visitors.
New furniture! I know it doesn't account for backpacking, but it's up there.
By far my favorite location in Waco. If you are unfortunate enough to be stuck living here, have no fear! It really isn't that bad! You can find plenty to occupy your time and everything is pretty cheap (living/lodge/food/activities)
Waco was founded in eighteen forty-nine. It has a population of just about 125 thousand people. It is home to Baylor University, the Dr. Pepper Museum, and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame.