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Los Angeles to Boulder drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets


Los Angeles to Boulder road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Los Angeles
drive for about 2 hours

12:53 pm  Barstow
eat at Del Taco
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:53 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:14 pm  Las Vegas
stay overnight at Bellagio Hotel
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Bellagio Hotel
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:39 am  Zion National Park
stay for about 1.5 hours and leave at 1:09 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:36 pm  Fishlake National Forest
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:36 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:16 pm  Arches National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Arches National Park
drive for about 2 hours

12:14 pm  Grand Junction
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:14 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:35 pm  Vail
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:35 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:40 pm  arrive in Boulder
eat at Frasca Food and Wine

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 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?

Barstow  (12 answers)
    restaurants around Barstow:
        Del Taco
    questions about Barstow:
        What's the best neighborhood in Barstow for a first time visitor?
Las Vegas  (275 answers)
    Downtown Container Park  (15 mentions)
    Fremont Street Experience  (15 mentions)
    High Roller  (10 mentions)
    The Mob Museum  (8 mentions)
    Neon Museum  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Las Vegas:
        Giada
        Mon Ami Gabi
        Wicked Spoon
        Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
        Lotus of Siam
    hotels around Las Vegas:
        Bellagio Hotel
        MGM Grand Las Vegas
        Wynn Hotel Las Vegas
        Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
        The Cosmopolitan
    questions about Las Vegas:
        Best new restaurants in Vegas?
        What time of year is the best for scoring a cheap deals in Las Vegas
        Best tips and casinos for first time gambler?
        Is it better to stay on or off the Las Vegas strip?
        Top things to do in Las Vegas that don't include gambling?
Zion National Park  (73 mentions)
    questions about Zion National Park:
        When is the best time to visit/hike Zion national park?
        Canyoneer boots, Keen sandals, or old tennis shoes for Narrows hike?
        What's the best time of year to hike in Zion?
        Poisonous plants/ Venomous animals in Zion Canyon
        Are hiking boots necessary now if I hike Angels Landing
Fishlake National Forest
Arches National Park  (34 mentions)
Grand Junction  (14 answers)
Vail  (52 answers)
    restaurants around Vail:
        Minturn Saloon
    questions about Vail:
        Outlet for ski clothing?
        Summer Restaurants in Vail




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Boulder, Colorado.

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



Where's the best place to eat in Boulder?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Frasca Food and Wine, which was mentioned 8 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Pearl Street Mall  (7 mentions)
The Mediterranean  (7 mentions)
Jax Fish House Boulder  (4 mentions)
Illegal Pete's  (3 mentions)

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





What are some things to do in Boulder?

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:

Chautauqua Park  (5 mentions)
Eldorado Canyon  (2 mentions)
Avery Brewing Company  (2 mentions)
Celestial Seasonings  (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 Boulder. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
Where to dine apr├Ęs-ski???  (7 answers)

profile  Debbie from San Francisco asked:
Fun solo adventures in Boulder?  (7 answers)

profile  Kyle from Chicago asked:
Local, non-touristy gems in Boulder?  (6 answers)

profile  Kenneth from Portland asked:
Best Mexican food in Boulder?  (4 answers)

profile  Casey from Mount Pleasant, Michigan asked:
Early March Weather in Boulder?  (4 answers)

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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 Boulder 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 Boulder. Or get a full Los Angeles to Boulder 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 1,029 miles
driving time of 15 hours, 33 minutes
Boulder is 1 hour ahead of Los Angeles
576 Los Angeles travel answers
12 Barstow travel answers
275 Las Vegas travel answers
14 Grand Junction travel answers
52 Vail travel answers
36 Boulder travel answers





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