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Los Angeles to Austin drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days



Los Angeles to Austin road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Los Angeles to Austin. If you're planning a road trip to Austin, 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 Los Angeles
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:43 am  Palm Springs
eat at Trio Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:43 pm
drive for about 5 hours

5:42 pm  Phoenix
eat at Chelsea's Kitchen
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 2 hours

10:46 am  Tucson
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:46 am
drive for about 2 hours

1:48 pm  Chiricahua National Monument
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:48 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

6:12 pm  El Paso
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 7:12 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

8:56 pm  Van Horn
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 9 hours
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 Day 3

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

11:42 am  Fort Stockton
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:42 pm
drive for about 5 hours

5:27 pm  Fredericksburg (Texas)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:27 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:56 pm  arrive in Austin
eat at Chuy's Restaurant
stay at Hotel San Jose

day 3 driving ≈ 8 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Los Angeles, 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?

Palm Springs  (44 answers)
    Palm Springs Art Museum  (4 mentions)
    Indian Canyons  (4 mentions)
    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  (3 mentions)
    Trina Turk  (3 mentions)
    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Palm Springs:
        Trio Restaurant
        Jake's
        Workshop Kitchen + Bar
        Bar
        Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs
    questions about Palm Springs:
        Best hotel pools in Palm Springs?
        Cheap eats/activities
        Quick weekend gataway this winter
        Moderately priced restaurants
        Bachelorette Party Ideas - Spa, Restaurant, Night Out
Phoenix  (101 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  (37 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?
Chiricahua National Monument  (2 mentions)
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
Van Horn  (2 answers)
Fort Stockton  (2 answers)
Fredericksburg (Texas)  (20 answers)
    questions about Fredericksburg (Texas):
        What's the best neighborhood in Fredericksburg (Texas) for a first time visitor?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Austin, Texas.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Austin?

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 Austin.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel San Jose, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The W Austin Hotel  (7 mentions)
The Driskill Hotel  (4 mentions)
Austin Motel  (4 mentions)
Hotel Saint Cecilia  (4 mentions)

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






Where's the best place to eat in Austin?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chuy's Restaurant, which was mentioned 11 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Torchy's Tacos  (11 mentions)
Uchi Restaurant  (9 mentions)
Salt Lick  (7 mentions)
The County Line  (7 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in Austin?

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:

Franklins BBQ  (27 mentions)
Zilker Park  (25 mentions)
Barton Springs Pool  (17 mentions)
Continental Club  (11 mentions)
Rainey Street  (8 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 Austin. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Tony Wright from Seattle asked:
Best BBQ in/near Austin?  (16 answers)

 Agnes Sowul from New York City asked:
Do I need to rent a car for a week in Austin?  (12 answers)

 Alyssa Russell from Rahway asked:
Food trucks  (11 answers)

 Brent Russell from New Jersey asked:
What are the must-sees in Austin?  (10 answers)

 Joy Mitchell from Berlin asked:
Best eats/bars in Austin under $25?  (9 answers)

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






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 Austin to Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles to Austin. Or get a full Los Angeles to Austin 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 Los Angeles well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Los Angeles!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,379 miles
driving time of 19 hours, 54 minutes
Austin is 2 hours ahead of Los Angeles
564 Los Angeles travel answers
44 Palm Springs travel answers
101 Phoenix travel answers
37 Tucson travel answers
23 El Paso travel answers
2 Van Horn travel answers
2 Fort Stockton travel answers
20 Fredericksburg (Texas) travel answers
161 Austin travel answers





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