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Albuquerque to San Diego drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days



Albuquerque to San Diego road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Albuquerque to San Diego. If you're planning a road trip to San Diego, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Albuquerque
drive for about 1 hour

10:13 am  Grants
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:13 am
drive for about 3 hours

2:09 pm  Winslow
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:09 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:20 pm  Horton Creek Trail
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:20 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:09 pm  Phoenix
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 1 hour

11:12 am  Gila Bend
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:12 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:38 pm  Horseshoe Bend
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:38 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

5:58 pm  Stonewall Peak Trail
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:58 pm
drive for about 54 minutes

7:51 pm  arrive in San Diego
eat at The Prado at Balboa Park
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Albuquerque, New Mexico.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Grants
Winslow  (4 answers)
Horton Creek Trail  (2 mentions)
Phoenix  (102 answers)
    Piestewa Peak  (3 mentions)
    Dreamy Draw Recreation Area  (2 mentions)
    Phoenix Art Museum  (2 mentions)
    Bunky Boutique  (2 mentions)
    Frances  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Phoenix:
        Chelsea's Kitchen
        SunUp Brewing Co
        The Parlor Pizzeria
        The Clever Koi
        Crudo
    hotels around Phoenix:
        Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
        The Clarendon Hotel and Spa
    questions about Phoenix:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?
        Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson
        Best restaurants in Phoenix?
        Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?
        Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?
Gila Bend
Horseshoe Bend  (2 mentions)
Stonewall Peak Trail




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Diego, California.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




Where's the best place to stay in San Diego?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in San Diego.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Del Coronado, which was mentioned 28 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Glorietta Bay Inn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in San Diego? Click the blue button below.






Where's the best place to eat in San Diego?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Prado at Balboa Park, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Hash House a-Go-Go  (10 mentions)
Extraordinary Desserts  (6 mentions)
Juniper & Ivy  (5 mentions)
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery  (5 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in San Diego? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in San Diego?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Balboa Park  (40 mentions)
San Diego Zoo  (25 mentions)
Mission Beach  (25 mentions)
Old Town San Diego  (16 mentions)
Ocean Beach  (16 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about San Diego. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

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 Lily Wang from Los Angeles asked:
Restaurant & activities ideas for couples weekend getaway in San Diego  (8 answers)

 Kenneth Bloom from Portland asked:
Best burritos in San Diego?  (7 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to San Diego.






Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a San Diego to Albuquerque drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Albuquerque to San Diego. Or get a full Albuquerque to San Diego flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Albuquerque well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Albuquerque!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 770 miles
driving time of 11 hours, 23 minutes
San Diego is 1 hour behind Albuquerque
76 Albuquerque travel answers
1 Grants travel answer
4 Winslow travel answers
102 Phoenix travel answers
214 San Diego travel answers





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