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Carmel to Miami drive

driving   /   7 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Carmel to Miami road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Carmel to Miami. If you're planning a road trip to Miami, 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

11:00 am  start in Carmel
drive for about 5 hours

3:59 pm  Los Angeles
stay overnight at Shutters On the Beach
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Shutters On the Beach
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:22 pm  Phoenix
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 3

8:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 6 hours

2:03 pm  El Paso
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:03 pm
drive for about 7 hours

9:48 pm  Caverns of Sonora
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 13 hours

 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from Caverns of Sonora
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:43 pm  Austin
stay overnight at Hotel San Jose
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Hotel San Jose
drive for about 8.5 hours

6:22 pm  New Orleans
eat at Café du Monde
stay overnight at Hotel Monteleone
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 8.5 hours

 Day 6

11:00 am  leave from Hotel Monteleone
drive for about 3 hours

2:10 pm  Pensacola
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 6 driving ≈ 3 hours

 Day 7

8:00 am  leave from Pensacola
drive for about 7 hours

2:47 pm  Orlando
stay for about 3.5 hours
and leave at 6:17 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

9:39 pm  arrive in Miami
stay at Fontainebleau Resort

day 7 driving ≈ 10 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Los Angeles  (612 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    restaurants around Los Angeles:
        Gjelina
        Perch
        Bottega Louie
        Grand Central Market
        Bestia
    hotels around Los Angeles:
        Shutters On the Beach
        Hotel Erwin
        The Standard Downtown LA
        Ace Hotel Los Angeles
        The Huntley Hotel
    questions about Los Angeles:
        Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?
        What's your favorite burger in L.A?
        Free things to do in Los Angeles?
        Area an hour away from LAX airport
        What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?

Phoenix  (125 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?

El Paso  (43 answers)
    questions about El Paso:
        Best free things to do in El Paso?
        Must-see spots & fun things to do for 4 guys in their mid twenties?
        El Paso, TX

Caverns of Sonora  (3 mentions)

Austin  (178 answers)
    Franklins BBQ  (27 mentions)
    Zilker Park  (25 mentions)
    Barton Springs Pool  (17 mentions)
    Continental Club  (11 mentions)
    Rainey Street  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Austin:
        Chuy's Restaurant
        Torchy's Tacos
        Uchi Restaurant
        Salt Lick
        The County Line
    hotels around Austin:
        Hotel San Jose
        The W Austin Hotel
        The Driskill Hotel
        Austin Motel
        Hotel Saint Cecilia
    questions about Austin:
        Best BBQ in/near Austin?
        Do I need to rent a car for a week in Austin?
        What's the best neighborhood in Austin for a first time visitor?
        Food trucks
        What are the must-sees in Austin?

New Orleans  (230 answers)
    Frenchmen Street  (47 mentions)
    Bourbon Street  (26 mentions)
    Jackson Square  (18 mentions)
    The Spotted Cat Music Club  (13 mentions)
    Magazine Street  (13 mentions)
    restaurants around New Orleans:
        Café du Monde
        French Quarter
        Commander's Palace Restaurant
        K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
        Muriel's Jackson Square
    hotels around New Orleans:
        Hotel Monteleone
        The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
        The Westin New Orleans Canal Place
        Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
        The Roosevelt New Orleans
    questions about New Orleans:
        Breakfast in New Orleans?
        What is your favorite restaurant in New Orleans?
        Where can I find the best jazz bars in New Orleans?
        What are the must-try foods and restaurants in NOLA?
        When is the best time to go to New Orleans?

Pensacola  (32 answers)
    questions about Pensacola:
        Road Work Traffic Delay?
        Where to stay two hours from Pensacola from St louis

Orlando  (159 answers)
    The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter  (16 mentions)
    Universal CityWalk  (8 mentions)
    Universal's Islands of Adventure  (7 mentions)
    Universal Studios Islands of Adventure  (5 mentions)
    Orlando Premium Outlets - International Dr  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Orlando:
        Cafe Tu Tu Tango
        Emeril's Orlando
        SeaWorld
        Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
        Hard Rock Cafe
    questions about Orlando:
        How many days for Disney + universal?
        5 days in orlando not Disney
        What to do during one day in Orlando that's not Disney World
        Top golf courses in Orlando?
        Fine dining for client meeting in Orlando


Where's the best place to stay in Miami?

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 Miami.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Fontainebleau Resort, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Freehand Miami  (3 mentions)
Delano Hotel  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Miami?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Versailles, which was mentioned 14 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Joe's Stone Crab  (13 mentions)
Seasons 52  (6 mentions)
The Broken Shaker  (4 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Miami?

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:

Miami Beach  (22 mentions)
Lincoln Road  (14 mentions)
Lincoln Road Mall  (11 mentions)
Ocean Drive  (9 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 Miami. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Miami?  (13 answers)

profile  Sunil from Mountain View asked:
Good Cuban food in Miami?  (9 answers)

profile  Miriam from Seattle asked:
What is the weather like during the winter months?  (8 answers)

profile  Molly from asked:
one night lay over in Miami- what to see, where to eat?  (8 answers)

profile  Marle from asked:
Unsafe neighborhoods in Miami  (8 answers)

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




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 Miami to Carmel 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 Carmel to Miami. Or get a full Carmel to Miami 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 Carmel well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Carmel!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 3,056 miles
driving time of 46 hours, 40 minutes
Miami is 3 hours ahead of Carmel
102 Carmel travel answers
612 Los Angeles travel answers
125 Phoenix travel answers
43 El Paso travel answers
178 Austin travel answers
230 New Orleans travel answers
32 Pensacola travel answers
159 Orlando travel answers
143 Miami travel answers





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