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Houston to San Diego drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days


Houston to San Diego road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Houston to San Diego. If you're planning a road trip to San Diego, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, 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 hours

1:09 pm  San Antonio
stay for about 1.5 hours and leave at 2:39 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:52 pm  Caverns of Sonora
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Caverns of Sonora
drive for about 2.5 hours

1:38 pm  Fort Stockton
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:38 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:20 pm  Van Horn
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Van Horn
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:44 am  El Paso
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:44 pm
drive for about 4.5 hours

5:14 pm  Tucson
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6 hours

 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Tucson
drive for about 4.5 hours

2:17 pm  Horseshoe Bend
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:17 pm
drive for about 3 hours

6:14 pm  arrive in San Diego
eat at The Prado at Balboa Park
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

day 4 driving ≈ 7 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Houston, Texas.

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?

San Antonio  (65 answers)
    Riverwalk  (12 mentions)
    The San Antonio River Walk  (9 mentions)
    The Alamo  (8 mentions)
    The Alamo  (5 mentions)
    Pearl Brewery  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around San Antonio:
        Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia
        Acenar
        Bliss
        Luke
        The Guenther House
    questions about San Antonio:
        What is your favorite restaurant in San Antonio?
        Must do in SA; and nearest fishing port?
        Best free things to do in San Antonio?
        Top 3 Must Visit Places in San Antonio?
        What are all the local favorite spots in San Antonio?
Caverns of Sonora  (3 mentions)
Fort Stockton  (3 answers)
Van Horn  (2 answers)
El Paso  (23 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  (42 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?
Horseshoe Bend  (2 mentions)




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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,471 miles
driving time of 20 hours, 56 minutes
San Diego is 2 hours behind Houston
83 Houston travel answers
65 San Antonio travel answers
3 Fort Stockton travel answers
2 Van Horn travel answers
23 El Paso travel answers
42 Tucson travel answers
217 San Diego travel answers





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