“It doesn’t matter how old you are. Buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised nine year old was given $100.” -Unknown
My husband and I watch LOTS of YouTube and I can’t tell you how many times we have seen our favorite YouTubers highlighting a road trip stop at Buc-ee’s and raving about all the wonders inside. A little skeptical, we could not imagine what all the fuss could possibly be about. I mean, it’s just a convenience store, right? That’s what we though until we saw signs for an Alabama Buc-ee’s during a recent road trip of our own.
What is Buc-ee’s?
If you have never heard of Buc-ee’s, you are probably not even sure what I’m talking about. Buc-ee’s is a chain of super sized convenience stores/gas stations in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. But these are no ordinary convenience stores. Of the 39 current locations, the largest Buc-ee’s is in New Braunfels, Texas and is 68,000 square feet! Think Walmart and a large truck stop for sheer size. Founded in 1982, the first Buc-ee’s opened in Lake Jackson, Texas and the company is currently under expansion into Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
On our recent trip through Alabama, we started to see roadside billboards marketing a local Buc-ee’s and thankfully, our GPS was taking us right to our mini-adventure.
Even from the stories we had heard about Buc-ee’s, our first sight of the Leeds, Alabama location was still a surprise! Tucked along the highway and clearly positioned at the base of the highway exit, we were still amazed by it’s shear size!
Buc-ee’s are huge! With an average of 80-120 fueling positions, there was no trouble simply pulling up to a gas pump with no wait. Even though Buc-ee’s are huge, they do not welcome open road trucks so the truck traffic is not an issue. If you are traveling with your RV, there is plenty of room and the Buc-ee’s experience is definitely family-friendly.
After pumping our gas, we moved our truck to a parking spot to be sure that we could take our time inside.
So what is the deal about Buc-ee’s?
Inside, you will find coffee, beverages of every kind, prepared foods, fudge, nuts, beef jerky, pastries, home décor, branded clothing, a camping section, gifts, and outdoor items. Anything you need or want for your road trip awaits! They probably have goodies that you didn’t know you need or want!
Your Buc-ee’s stop could be for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or all three if you plan your trip right), road trip munchies, and gasoline. With all the diverse reasons to stop at Buc-ee’s, the best reason to stop is Buc-ee’s “world famous” restrooms. If you road trip often, you know that finding a clean restroom can be a trick. Stopping at Buc-ee’s ensures that you’ll find large, spacious restroom facilities that are meticulously maintained.
Our first visit to Buc-ee’s was a great way to get out of the truck, stretch our legs, and enjoy a stop that served as a gas-up, rest stop, and a spot to grab some food, all in one.
If you’ve never been to a Buc-ee’s before and you see one ahead during your next road trip, we would encourage you to stop. You know you’re getting close when you start to see signs of the buck-toothed logo of Bucky the beaver appear along your route. Be sure to take time to experience all Buc-ee’s has to offer and grab some munchies for your trip.