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Big Sur to Vail via Salt Lake City

driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Big Sur to Vail road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Big Sur to Vail. If you're planning a road trip to Vail, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

8:00 am  start in Big Sur
drive for about 13.5 hours

9:36 pm  Salt Lake City
stay overnight at Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 13.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
drive for about 7 hours

4:49 pm  arrive in Vail
stay at Vail Ski Resort

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Salt Lake City  (84 answers)
    Temple Square  (8 mentions)
    Liberty Park  (5 mentions)
    Tracy Aviary  (3 mentions)
    Red Butte Garden & Arboretum  (2 mentions)
    The Beehive House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Salt Lake City:
        Red Iguana
        Maxwell's East Coast Eatery
        Pig and A Jelly Jar
    hotels around Salt Lake City:
        Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
        Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown
        The Grand America Hotel
        The Little America Hotel Salt Lake City
        Off-Broadway Studios
    questions about Salt Lake City:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City?
        What's the best, cant-miss meal in Salt Lake City?
        Centrally-Located Hotels in Salt Lake City?
        Winter time activities in Salt Lake City
        Places to bar hop and night life in SLC?


Where's the best place to stay in Vail?

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 Vail.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Vail Ski Resort, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Vail?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Minturn Saloon, which was mentioned 2 times.

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




What are some things to do in Vail?

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

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 Vail. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Claudia from Santiago asked:
Outlet for ski clothing?  (2 answers)

profile  Judy from Bethesda asked:
Summer Restaurants in Vail  (1 answer)

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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 Vail to Big Sur 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 Big Sur to Vail. Or get a full Big Sur to Vail 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 Big Sur well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Big Sur!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,291 miles
driving time of 20 hours, 5 minutes
203 Big Sur travel answers
84 Salt Lake City travel answers
53 Vail travel answers





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