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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Insider reporter Amanda Krause visits Buc-ee's on a road trip.
I ended up visiting Buc-ee's four times during my trip to Florida. Amanda Krause/Insider
  • 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.

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

A view of a Buc-ee's store in St. Augustine, Florida.
Buc-ee's was one of the last stops of my trip before reaching the theme park. Amanda Krause/Insider

There are two locations in the Sunshine State, though Buc-ee's can also be found in places like Texas, Georgia, and Alabama.

A Buc-ee's statue in Florida.
This Buc-ee's statue greets visitors outside the front entrance. Amanda Krause/Insider

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.

Inside a Florida Buc-ee's convenience store.
There's beaver merchandise everywhere in the convenience store. Amanda Krause/Insider

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.

A food counter at Buc-ee's in Florida.
Buc-ee's employees make fresh food right in front of you. Amanda Krause/Insider

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.

Two breakfast burritos from Buc-ee's.
One option had brisket and eggs (left); the other had potatoes, sausage, and more. Amanda Krause/Insider

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.

A brisket sandwich and chips from Buc-ee's.
The sandwich cost around $4, and the chips were priced at $1.29. Amanda Krause/Insider

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.

A Buc-ee's soda fountain.
You could even add different flavors like cherry and vanilla to your soda. Amanda Krause/Insider

Small sodas cost $0.59, medium ones cost $0.69, and large cups cost $0.79.

A soda from Buc-ee's.
Because the sodas were so cheap, I wished I had gotten a larger size for the road. Amanda Krause/Insider

There were also free water fountains outside - ones for humans and others for dogs - if you didn't want to buy a drink.

A water fountain for dogs outside of Buc-ee's.
I saw a dog and its owner stop at the water fountain to share a drink during my visit. Amanda Krause/Insider

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.

Clothes inside a Buc-ee's store.
After being in the store for only five minutes, I was tempted to buy a beaver T-shirt. Amanda Krause/Insider

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

The bathrooms were practically sparkling, and each stall had its own cleaning station.

Inside a Buc-ee's bathroom.
There was hand sanitizer and a toilet-seat cleaner in each stall. Amanda Krause/Insider

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.

Inside a Florida Buc-ee's store.
You could truly get lost in a Buc-ee's convenience store. Amanda Krause/Insider

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.

Ice coolers outside a Buc-ee's store.
At home, a smaller bag would have cost over $4. Amanda Krause/Insider

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.

A gas receipt from Buc-ee's in Florida.
Gas was cheap, and because there were so many pumps, we didn't have to wait. Amanda Krause/Insider

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.

Buc-ee's souvenirs and candy.
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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