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Houston to Carlsbad (California) drive

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  Houston
 Salt Lick BBQ
 Caverns of Sonora
 Fort Stockton
 El Paso
 Tucson
   Carlsbad (California) 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Houston to Carlsbad (California) road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Houston to Carlsbad (California). If you're planning a road trip to Carlsbad (California), you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Houston and Carlsbad (California). Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Houston and Carlsbad (California). 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 Houston
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:15 pm  eat at Salt Lick BBQ
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:15 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:41 pm  Caverns of Sonora
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Caverns of Sonora
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:38 pm  Fort Stockton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:38 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

4:56 pm  El Paso
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours

 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from El Paso
drive for about 4.5 hours

3:30 pm  Tucson
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 4.5 hours

 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Tucson
drive for about 7.5 hours

5:20 pm  arrive in Carlsbad (California)
eat at Swami's Cafe
stay at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

day 4 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Houston, Texas.

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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?

Salt Lick BBQ  (16 mentions)

Caverns of Sonora  (3 mentions)

Fort Stockton  (4 answers)

El Paso  (26 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

Tucson  (47 answers)
    El Charro Cafe  (2 mentions)
    Ventana Canyon Trailhead  (2 mentions)
    questions about Tucson:
        What to do in Tucson- staying near UofA
        Best free things to do in Tucson?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Carlsbad, California.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Carlsbad (California)?

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 Carlsbad (California).

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Tamarack Beach Resort  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Carlsbad (California)? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Carlsbad (California)?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Swami's Cafe, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

La Costa Resort & Spa  (3 mentions)
Vivace  (2 mentions)
PAON  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Carlsbad (California)? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Carlsbad (California)?

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:

Legoland  (8 mentions)
Swami's Beach  (5 mentions)
San Elijo Lagoon  (3 mentions)
The Flower Fields  (3 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 Carlsbad (California).




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 Carlsbad (California) to Houston 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 Houston to Carlsbad (California). Or get a full Houston to Carlsbad (California) 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 Houston well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Houston!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,493 miles
driving time of 21 hours, 8 minutes
Carlsbad (California) is 2 hours behind Houston
85 Houston travel answers
4 Fort Stockton travel answers
26 El Paso travel answers
47 Tucson travel answers
29 Carlsbad (California) travel answers





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