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Big Sur to Vail via Scottsdale

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

9:00 am  start in Big Sur
drive for about 11.5 hours

8:26 pm  Scottsdale
stay overnight at Hotel Valley Ho
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 11.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Hotel Valley Ho
drive for about 10 hours

7:14 pm  arrive in Vail
eat at Minturn Saloon
stay at Vail Ski Resort

day 2 driving ≈ 10 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Scottsdale  (38 answers)
    Camelback Mountain  (15 mentions)
    Old Town Scottsdale  (9 mentions)
    Cornish Pasty Co  (6 mentions)
    Papago Park  (4 mentions)
    Mill Avenue  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Scottsdale:
        Chelsea's Kitchen
        Pig & Pickle
        Cornish Pasty Co
        Cafe Lalibela
        SunUp Brewing Co
    hotels around Scottsdale:
        Hotel Valley Ho
        W Scottsdale Hotel
        Graduate Tempe
    questions about Scottsdale:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Scottsdale?
        What's the best neighborhood in Scottsdale for a first time visitor?
        Going to Scottsdale for 2 weeks -- places to eat and fun things to see?
        Best Burger in Scottsdale?
        Must Do in Scottsdale


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)

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




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 1,427 miles
driving time of 22 hours, 12 minutes
203 Big Sur travel answers
38 Scottsdale travel answers
53 Vail travel answers





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