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Irvine to Houston drive

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  Irvine
 Phoenix
 Tucson
 Las Cruces
 Fort Stockton
 Caverns of Sonora
 Salt Lick BBQ
   Houston 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Irvine to Houston road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Irvine to Houston. If you're planning a road trip to Houston, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Irvine and Houston. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Irvine and Houston. 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 Irvine
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:33 pm  Phoenix
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 2 hours

11:46 am  Tucson
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:46 pm
drive for about 4 hours

4:45 pm  Las Cruces
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Las Cruces
drive for about 4 hours

2:05 pm  Fort Stockton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:05 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

5:43 pm  Caverns of Sonora
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Caverns of Sonora
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:25 pm  eat at Salt Lick BBQ
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:25 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:41 pm  arrive in Houston
eat at Uchi
stay at Hotel ZaZa

day 4 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Irvine, 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?

Phoenix  (107 answers)
    Piestewa Peak  (3 mentions)
    Dreamy Draw Recreation Area  (2 mentions)
    Phoenix Art Museum  (2 mentions)
    Bunky Boutique  (2 mentions)
    Frances  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Phoenix:
        Chelsea's Kitchen
        SunUp Brewing Co
        The Parlor Pizzeria
        The Clever Koi
        Crudo
    hotels around Phoenix:
        Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
        The Clarendon Hotel and Spa
    questions about Phoenix:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?
        Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson
        Best restaurants in Phoenix?
        Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?
        Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?

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?

Las Cruces  (5 answers)

Fort Stockton  (4 answers)

Caverns of Sonora  (3 mentions)

Salt Lick BBQ  (16 mentions)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Houston, Texas.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Houston?

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 Houston.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel ZaZa, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Houston?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Uchi, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Gatlin's BBQ  (5 mentions)
Hugo's  (4 mentions)
Goode Company Barbeque  (3 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Houston?

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:

Houston Galleria  (8 mentions)
Hermann Park  (7 mentions)
Cavender's Boot City  (4 mentions)
Miller Outdoor Theatre  (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!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Houston. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Emily from Ann Arbor asked:
Best Mexican restaurants in town?  (15 answers)

profile  Meradith from Scottsdale asked:
Young Professional Neighborhood  (10 answers)

profile  Geraldine from asked:
Favorite places to eat in Houston?  (9 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?  (8 answers)

profile  Norma from asked:
MD Anderson patient  (8 answers)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,542 miles
driving time of 21 hours, 46 minutes
Houston is 2 hours ahead of Irvine
3 Irvine travel answers
107 Phoenix travel answers
47 Tucson travel answers
5 Las Cruces travel answers
4 Fort Stockton travel answers
85 Houston travel answers





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