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Denver to Los Angeles drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets


Denver to Los Angeles road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Denver to Los Angeles. If you're planning a road trip to Los Angeles, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Denver and Los Angeles. 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 Denver
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:40 am  Vail
eat at Minturn Saloon
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:40 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:58 pm  Grand Junction
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:58 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:15 pm  Arches National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Arches National Park
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:23 pm  Goblin Valley State Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:23 pm
drive for about 3 hours

4:34 pm  Zion National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Zion National Park
drive for about 2 hours

11:57 am  Valley of Fire State Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:57 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

4:42 pm  Barstow
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:42 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:35 pm  arrive in Los Angeles
eat at Gjelina
stay at Shutters On the Beach

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Denver, Colorado.

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?

Vail  (52 answers)
    restaurants around Vail:
        Minturn Saloon
    questions about Vail:
        Outlet for ski clothing?
        Summer Restaurants in Vail
Grand Junction  (14 answers)
Arches National Park  (34 mentions)
Goblin Valley State Park  (5 mentions)
Zion National Park  (73 mentions)
    questions about Zion National Park:
        When is the best time to visit/hike Zion national park?
        Canyoneer boots, Keen sandals, or old tennis shoes for Narrows hike?
        What's the best time of year to hike in Zion?
        Poisonous plants/ Venomous animals in Zion Canyon
        Are hiking boots necessary now if I hike Angels Landing
Valley of Fire State Park  (11 mentions)
Barstow  (12 answers)
    restaurants around Barstow:
        Del Taco
    questions about Barstow:
        What's the best neighborhood in Barstow for a first time visitor?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Los Angeles, California.

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



Where's the best place to stay in Los Angeles?

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 Los Angeles.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in Los Angeles to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Shutters On the Beach, which was mentioned 36 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Erwin  (30 mentions)
The Standard Downtown LA  (20 mentions)
Ace Hotel Los Angeles  (17 mentions)
The Huntley Hotel  (15 mentions)

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





Where's the best place to eat in Los Angeles?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Gjelina, which was mentioned 44 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Perch  (25 mentions)
Bottega Louie  (18 mentions)
Grand Central Market  (16 mentions)
Bestia  (15 mentions)

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





What are some things to do in Los Angeles?

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:

Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
Third Street Promenade  (55 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 Los Angeles. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Michelle from Mesa asked:
Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?  (27 answers)

profile  Maxime from Los Angeles asked:
What's your favorite burger in L.A?  (26 answers)

profile  Clement from Singapore asked:
Free things to do in Los Angeles?  (24 answers)

profile  Bianca from Miami asked:
What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?  (20 answers)

profile  Nicole from Minneapolis asked:
Best restaurants in Los Angeles?  (19 answers)

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





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 Los Angeles to Denver 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 Denver to Los Angeles. Or get a full Denver to Los Angeles 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 Denver well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Denver!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,018 miles
driving time of 15 hours, 18 minutes
Los Angeles is 1 hour behind Denver
150 Denver travel answers
52 Vail travel answers
14 Grand Junction travel answers
12 Barstow travel answers
571 Los Angeles travel answers





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