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Flagstaff to San Luis Obispo drive in 1 day

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets


Flagstaff to San Luis Obispo road trip planner

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

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8:00 am  start in Flagstaff
drive for about 1 hour

9:11 am  Seligman
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 10:11 am
drive for about 1 hour

11:17 am  Kingman
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:17 pm
drive for about 56 minutes

1:13 pm  Needles
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:13 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:22 pm  Mojave National Preserve
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:22 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:15 pm  Barstow
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 7:15 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

8:31 pm  Mojave
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 9:31 pm
drive for about 1 hour

10:34 pm  Bakersfield
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:34 pm
drive for about 2 hours

1:28 am (past midnight)  Cass Winery
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:28 am (past midnight)
drive for about 36 minutes

3:04 am (past midnight)  arrive in San Luis Obispo
stay at The Madonna Inn

driving ≈ 11 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Flagstaff, Arizona.

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?

Seligman  (6 answers)
    Angel & Vilma Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop & Visitor's Center  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Seligman:
        Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In
Kingman  (10 answers)
Needles  (2 answers)
Mojave National Preserve  (2 mentions)
Barstow  (12 answers)
    restaurants around Barstow:
        Del Taco
    questions about Barstow:
        What's the best neighborhood in Barstow for a first time visitor?
Mojave  (3 answers)
Bakersfield  (13 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?
Cass Winery




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Luis Obispo, California.

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



Where's the best place to stay in San Luis Obispo?

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 Luis Obispo.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Madonna Inn, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Seacrest Beach Resort  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in San Luis Obispo? Click the blue button below.





Where's the best place to eat in San Luis Obispo?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Firestone Grill, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Bello Mundo  (3 mentions)
Splash Cafe  (2 mentions)
Avila Valley Barn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in San Luis Obispo? Click the blue button below.





What are some things to do in San Luis Obispo?

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:

Bishop Peak  (4 mentions)
Edna Valley  (2 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 Luis Obispo. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Tracy from Portland, Oregon asked:
Exploring SLO in March to scout moving there - what should I check out?  (5 answers)

profile  Bharat from Dallas, Texas asked:
Lodging  (4 answers)

profile  Debbie from San Francisco asked:
Where to stay outside of San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly graduation  (3 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to San Luis Obispo.





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 Luis Obispo to Flagstaff 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 Flagstaff to San Luis Obispo. Or get a full Flagstaff to San Luis Obispo 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 Flagstaff well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Flagstaff!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 615 miles
driving time of 9 hours, 7 minutes
San Luis Obispo is the same time as Flagstaff
49 Flagstaff travel answers
6 Seligman travel answers
10 Kingman travel answers
2 Needles travel answers
12 Barstow travel answers
3 Mojave travel answers
13 Bakersfield travel answers
120 San Luis Obispo travel answers





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