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Los Angeles to Tampa drive

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  Los Angeles
 Phoenix
 El Paso
 Fort Stockton
 Austin
 Houston
 Pensacola
   Tampa 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   6 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Los Angeles to Tampa road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Los Angeles to Tampa. If you're planning a road trip to Tampa, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Los Angeles and Tampa. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Los Angeles and Tampa. 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 Los Angeles
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:22 pm  Phoenix
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 6 hours

4:03 pm  El Paso
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from El Paso
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:18 pm  Fort Stockton
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Fort Stockton
drive for about 5 hours

1:56 pm  Austin
stay for about 3.5 hours
and leave at 5:26 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:57 pm  Houston
stay overnight at Hotel ZaZa
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Hotel ZaZa
drive for about 7.5 hours

5:35 pm  Pensacola
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 6

10:00 am  leave from Pensacola
drive for about 7 hours

5:01 pm  arrive in Tampa
eat at Ulele
stay at Columbia Restaurant

day 6 driving ≈ 7 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?

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?
        Best restaurants in Phoenix?
        Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson
        Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?
        Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?

El Paso  (26 answers)
    questions about El Paso:
        Best free things to do in El Paso?
        El Paso, TX
        Must-see spots & fun things to do for 4 guys in their mid twenties?

Fort Stockton  (4 answers)

Austin  (155 answers)
    Franklins BBQ  (27 mentions)
    Zilker Park  (25 mentions)
    Barton Springs Pool  (17 mentions)
    Continental Club  (11 mentions)
    Rainey Street  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Austin:
        Chuy's Restaurant
        Torchy's Tacos
        Uchi Restaurant
        Salt Lick
        The County Line
    questions about Austin:
        Best BBQ in/near Austin?
        Do I need to rent a car for a week in Austin?
        Food trucks
        What are the must-sees in Austin?
        Best eats/bars in Austin under $25?

Houston  (85 answers)
    Houston Galleria  (8 mentions)
    Hermann Park  (7 mentions)
    Houston Museum of Natural Science  (5 mentions)
    Cavender's Boot City  (4 mentions)
    Miller Outdoor Theatre  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Houston:
        Uchi
        Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
        Gatlin's BBQ
        Hugo's
        Goode Company Barbeque
    hotels around Houston:
        Hotel ZaZa
    questions about Houston:
        Best Mexican restaurants in town?
        Young Professional Neighborhood
        Favorite places to eat in Houston?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?
        MD Anderson patient

Pensacola  (26 answers)
    questions about Pensacola:
        Where to stay two hours from Pensacola from St louis
        Road Work Traffic Delay?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Tampa, Florida.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Tampa?

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 Tampa.

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

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




Where's the best place to eat in Tampa?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Ulele, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Piquant Hyde Park  (3 mentions)
Oxford Exchange  (2 mentions)
Bern's Steak House  (2 mentions)
Ava  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Tampa?

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:

Busch Gardens Tampa  (5 mentions)
Bayshore Blvd  (4 mentions)
Tampa Riverwalk  (4 mentions)
South Howard Ave  (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!

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

profile  Catherine from Chapel Hill asked:
Best new restaurants in Tampa?  (7 answers)

profile  Jennifer from Culver City asked:
Popular areas in Tampa for shopping?  (7 answers)

profile  Avery from Berkeley asked:
Beaches around Tampa  (5 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Tampa?  (5 answers)

profile  Katie from Columbus asked:
Weekend ideas for a first timer in Tampa  (5 answers)

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




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 Tampa 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 Tampa. Or get a full Los Angeles to Tampa 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!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,527 miles
driving time of 35 hours, 51 minutes
Tampa is 3 hours ahead of Los Angeles
573 Los Angeles travel answers
107 Phoenix travel answers
26 El Paso travel answers
4 Fort Stockton travel answers
155 Austin travel answers
85 Houston travel answers
26 Pensacola travel answers
59 Tampa travel answers





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