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Cincinnati to San Diego drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days   /   no pets


Cincinnati to San Diego road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Cincinnati to San Diego. If you're planning a road trip to San Diego, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Cincinnati and San Diego. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Cincinnati
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:42 pm  St. Louis
stay overnight at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
drive for about 6 hours

4:05 pm  Tulsa
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Tulsa
drive for about 5.5 hours

2:32 pm  Amarillo
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:32 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:39 pm  Albuquerque
stay overnight at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:24 pm  Sedona
stay overnight at Enchantment Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Enchantment Resort
drive for about 7 hours

5:15 pm  arrive in San Diego
eat at The Prado at Balboa Park
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

day 5 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Cincinnati, Ohio.

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?

St. Louis  (61 answers)
    Forest Park  (10 mentions)
    St. Louis Zoo  (6 mentions)
    City Museum  (5 mentions)
    Gateway Arch  (4 mentions)
    Urban Chestnut Brewing Company  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around St. Louis:
        Pappy's Smokehouse
        Ted Drewes
        Iron Barley Eating Establishment
        Pastaria
        Companion
    hotels around St. Louis:
        Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
        The Lemp Mansion
    questions about St. Louis:
        Good St. Louis dines?
        Great lunch places in St Louis
        Good family vacation within 10 hours of St. Louis (not Branson)?
        Where are the best places to stay in St. Louis?
        What's the best neighborhood in St. Louis for a first time visitor?
Tulsa  (17 answers)
    Philbrook Museum of Art  (2 mentions)
    questions about Tulsa:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Tulsa?
        Best free things to do in Tulsa?
        Any recommendations for Steakhouses with Cigar Lounges?
Amarillo  (21 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE
Albuquerque  (81 answers)
    Old Town Albuquerque  (3 mentions)
    New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science  (2 mentions)
    Explora!  (2 mentions)
    Nob Hill  (2 mentions)
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Albuquerque:
        Frontier Restaurant
        Standard Diner
        Frontier Restaurant
    hotels around Albuquerque:
        Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
    questions about Albuquerque:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Temporary home!
        The High Road tour
Sedona  (73 answers)
    Chapel of the Holy Cross  (4 mentions)
    Slide Rock State Park  (4 mentions)
    Oak Creek Canyon  (3 mentions)
    Bell Rock Trail  (3 mentions)
    Devils Bridge  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Sedona:
        Elote Cafe
    hotels around Sedona:
        Enchantment Resort
    questions about Sedona:
        Best things to do in Sedona besides hiking?
        Nature Lover in Sedona
        Vortex Hike/ Sound healing
        Best hikes and natural swimming holes
        Going on a roadtrip to Sedona, AZ. Is taking I-10 better route?




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!

profile  Holly from Calgary asked:
Fun for a family with small children (NOT Disneyland!)  (11 answers)

profile  Beverly from San Luis Obispo asked:
Weekend road trip from LA to San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
Wondering which beach is better to stay at? Ocean Beach or Mission Beach?  (8 answers)

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

profile  Kenneth 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 Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati to San Diego. Or get a full Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Cincinnati!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,204 miles
driving time of 32 hours, 54 minutes
San Diego is 3 hours behind Cincinnati
28 Cincinnati travel answers
61 St. Louis travel answers
17 Tulsa travel answers
21 Amarillo travel answers
81 Albuquerque travel answers
73 Sedona travel answers
218 San Diego travel answers





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