Buc-ee's is the best convenience store to visit on a road trip with delicious food, clean bathrooms, and cheap gas. Here's what it's like.

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Buc-ee's is the best convenience store to visit on a road trip with delicious food, clean bathrooms, and cheap gas. Here's what it's like.
  • I took a road trip from New Jersey to Disney World in mid-August.
  • During the drive, I visited Buc-ee's - a giant convenience store - for the first time.
  • Now, I think Buc-ee's is the perfect road-trip stop thanks to its fresh food and clean bathrooms.

I visited Buc-ee's for the first time while driving to Florida from Northern New Jersey.

I visited Buc-ee's for the first time while driving to Florida from Northern New Jersey.
Buc-ee's was one of the last stops of my trip before reaching the theme park. Amanda Krause/Insider
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There are two locations in the Sunshine State, though Buc-ee's can also be found in places like Texas, Georgia, and Alabama.

There are two locations in the Sunshine State, though Buc-ee's can also be found in places like Texas, Georgia, and Alabama.
This Buc-ee's statue greets visitors outside the front entrance. Amanda Krause/Insider
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Buc-ee's quickly became my favorite convenience store after visiting for the first time. In my opinion, it's the perfect stop for anyone on a road trip.

Buc-ee's quickly became my favorite convenience store after visiting for the first time. In my opinion, it's the perfect stop for anyone on a road trip.
There's beaver merchandise everywhere in the convenience store. Amanda Krause/Insider
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I first visited with my dad early one Saturday morning, and we were exhausted and hungry after hours of driving. Luckily, fresh meals are prepared constantly at Buc-ee's.

I first visited with my dad early one Saturday morning, and we were exhausted and hungry after hours of driving. Luckily, fresh meals are prepared constantly at Buc-ee's.
Buc-ee's employees make fresh food right in front of you. Amanda Krause/Insider
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We ordered two kinds of breakfast burritos and loved them both. Not only were they affordable at less than $5 each, but they were also fresh and delicious. The smaller burrito (left) cost $3.49, and the larger (right) cost $4.98.

We ordered two kinds of breakfast burritos and loved them both. Not only were they affordable at less than $5 each, but they were also fresh and delicious. The smaller burrito (left) cost $3.49, and the larger (right) cost $4.98.
One option had brisket and eggs (left); the other had potatoes, sausage, and more. Amanda Krause/Insider
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There were also lunch options like $4 sliced-brisket sandwiches and $1.29 "beaver chips" available later in the day. We stumbled upon these after visiting a second Buc-ee's on the way to Disney.

There were also lunch options like $4 sliced-brisket sandwiches and $1.29 "beaver chips" available later in the day. We stumbled upon these after visiting a second Buc-ee's on the way to Disney.
The sandwich cost around $4, and the chips were priced at $1.29. Amanda Krause/Insider
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After being on the road for so long, I also needed a drink - and Buc-ee's has plenty of options. There's classics like Coca-Cola, and Buc-ee's-brand flavors like Pineapple Cream.

After being on the road for so long, I also needed a drink - and Buc-ee's has plenty of options. There's classics like Coca-Cola, and Buc-ee's-brand flavors like Pineapple Cream.
You could even add different flavors like cherry and vanilla to your soda. Amanda Krause/Insider
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Small sodas cost $0.59, medium ones cost $0.69, and large cups cost $0.79.

Small sodas cost $0.59, medium ones cost $0.69, and large cups cost $0.79.
Because the sodas were so cheap, I wished I had gotten a larger size for the road. Amanda Krause/Insider
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There were also free water fountains outside - ones for humans and others for dogs - if you didn't want to buy a drink.

There were also free water fountains outside - ones for humans and others for dogs - if you didn't want to buy a drink.
I saw a dog and its owner stop at the water fountain to share a drink during my visit. Amanda Krause/Insider
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Buc-ee's even sells clothes. If you forgot a swimsuit or are in need of an extra jacket, you're sure to find what you're looking for.

Buc-ee's even sells clothes. If you forgot a swimsuit or are in need of an extra jacket, you're sure to find what you're looking for.
After being in the store for only five minutes, I was tempted to buy a beaver T-shirt. Amanda Krause/Insider
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Anyone who's been on a long road trip knows that finding clean bathrooms can be a struggle. But, in my experience, that wasn't the case at Buc-ee's, which is known for having "world famous" clean restrooms.

Anyone who's been on a long road trip knows that finding clean bathrooms can be a struggle. But, in my experience, that wasn't the case at Buc-ee's, which is known for having "world famous" clean restrooms.
You can't miss the restrooms thanks to a giant sign above the door. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider
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The bathrooms were practically sparkling, and each stall had its own cleaning station.

The bathrooms were practically sparkling, and each stall had its own cleaning station.
There was hand sanitizer and a toilet-seat cleaner in each stall. Amanda Krause/Insider
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That's not to mention how big Buc-ee's stores are. In my opinion, they're the perfect place to shop and stretch your legs after being cramped in a small car for hours.

That's not to mention how big Buc-ee's stores are. In my opinion, they're the perfect place to shop and stretch your legs after being cramped in a small car for hours.
You could truly get lost in a Buc-ee's convenience store. Amanda Krause/Insider
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We also purchased a 10-pound bag of ice to refill the cooler in our car. We couldn't believe it cost only $0.69.

We also purchased a 10-pound bag of ice to refill the cooler in our car. We couldn't believe it cost only $0.69.
At home, a smaller bag would have cost over $4. Amanda Krause/Insider
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Of course, we also refueled our car at one of the many gas pumps outside. Even better, gas only cost $18.50, which was the smallest amount we paid the entire trip.

Of course, we also refueled our car at one of the many gas pumps outside. Even better, gas only cost $18.50, which was the smallest amount we paid the entire trip.
Gas was cheap, and because there were so many pumps, we didn't have to wait. Amanda Krause/Insider
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I loved Buc-ee's so much that we stopped at two locations on the way home to buy more snacks for the road and gifts for my family. I had almost as much fun there as I did at Disney World, and I can't wait to go back on my next road trip.

I loved Buc-ee's so much that we stopped at two locations on the way home to buy more snacks for the road and gifts for my family. I had almost as much fun there as I did at Disney World, and I can't wait to go back on my next road trip.
I'd drive to Buc-ee's again, but I hope the store makes its way to New Jersey soon. Amanda Krause/Insider
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