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Escondido to Chula Vista drive

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  Escondido
 Queen Califia's Magical Circle
 Ballast Point Brewing Company
 Old Town San Diego
 Balboa Park
 National City
   Chula Vista 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Escondido to Chula Vista road trip planner

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

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10:00 am  start in Escondido
drive for about 16 minutes

10:16 am  Queen Califia's Magical Circle
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:16 am
drive for about 21 minutes

11:37 am  Ballast Point Brewing Company
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:37 pm
drive for about 20 minutes

12:57 pm  Old Town San Diego
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:57 pm
drive for about 10 minutes

2:08 pm  Balboa Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:08 pm
drive for about 12 minutes

3:19 pm  National City
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:19 pm
drive for about 9 minutes

4:28 pm  arrive in Chula Vista
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

driving ≈ 1.5 hours




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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Escondido, California.

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?

Queen Califia's Magical Circle

Ballast Point Brewing Company  (3 mentions)

Old Town San Diego  (17 mentions)

Balboa Park  (46 mentions)

National City
    Balboa Park  (40 mentions)
    San Diego Zoo  (25 mentions)
    Old Town San Diego  (16 mentions)
    Seaport Village  (14 mentions)
    USS Midway Museum  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around National City:
        The Prado at Balboa Park
        Hash House a-Go-Go
        Extraordinary Desserts
        Juniper & Ivy
        Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
    hotels around National City:
        Hotel Del Coronado
        Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
        San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
        Glorietta Bay Inn
        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego Downtown


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Chula Vista, California.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Chula Vista?

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 Chula Vista.

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 Chula Vista? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Chula Vista?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Las Cuatro Milpas, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Kansas City Barbeque  (3 mentions)
1500 Ocean  (3 mentions)
CafĂ© 21  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Chula Vista?

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:

Seaport Village  (14 mentions)
Coronado Beach  (8 mentions)
South Park  (7 mentions)
Petco Park  (5 mentions)
Horton Plaza  (4 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!

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




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 Chula Vista to Escondido 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 Escondido to Chula Vista. Or get a full Escondido to Chula Vista 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 Escondido well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Escondido!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 36 miles
driving time of 38 minutes
4 Escondido travel answers
1 National City travel answer





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