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Memphis to Los Angeles drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days



Memphis to Los Angeles road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Memphis to Los Angeles. If you're planning a road trip to Los Angeles, 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 Memphis
drive for about 2 hours

12:08 pm  Little Rock
eat at Doe's Eat Place
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:08 pm
drive for about 5 hours

6:17 pm  Oklahoma City
eat at Kitchen No. 324
stay overnight at The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
drive for about 2 hours

10:45 am  Elk City
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:45 am
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:04 pm  Amarillo
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:04 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:12 pm  Albuquerque
stay overnight at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
drive for about 2 hours

12:01 pm  Gallup
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:01 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

4:25 pm  Sedona
stay overnight at Enchantment Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Enchantment Resort
drive for about 6 hours

4:14 pm  Barstow
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:14 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:07 pm  arrive in Los Angeles
eat at Gjelina
stay at Shutters On the Beach

day 4 driving ≈ 8 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Memphis, Tennessee.

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?

Little Rock  (33 answers)
    William J Clinton Library  (6 mentions)
    Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site  (3 mentions)
    Governors Mansion Historic District  (2 mentions)
    William J. Clinton Presidential Center  (2 mentions)
    Museum of Discovery  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Little Rock:
        Doe's Eat Place
        Loca Luna
    questions about Little Rock:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Little Rock?
        Best sights in Little Rock
        Good Eating Gems
        Can't miss restaurants in Little Rock?
        Best hotels in Little Rock?
Oklahoma City  (25 answers)
    Boathouse District  (4 mentions)
    Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum  (3 mentions)
    AT&T Bricktown Ballpark  (2 mentions)
    Science Museum Oklahoma  (2 mentions)
    Stockyards City Main Street  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Oklahoma City:
        Kitchen No. 324
        Big Truck Tacos
        Waffle Champion
        Cheever's Cafe
        Museum Cafe
    hotels around Oklahoma City:
        The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
    questions about Oklahoma City:
        Breakfast Restaurant in OKC
        What sort of hands-on things can I experience in OKC?
        What's the best neighborhood in Oklahoma City for a first time visitor?
Elk City  (2 answers)
Amarillo  (20 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE
Albuquerque  (77 answers)
    Old Town Albuquerque  (3 mentions)
    New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science  (2 mentions)
    Explora!  (2 mentions)
    Nob Hill  (2 mentions)
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Albuquerque:
        Frontier Restaurant
        Standard Diner
        Frontier Restaurant
    hotels around Albuquerque:
        Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
    questions about Albuquerque:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Temporary home!
        The High Road tour
Gallup  (5 answers)
Sedona  (73 answers)
    Chapel of the Holy Cross  (4 mentions)
    Slide Rock State Park  (4 mentions)
    Oak Creek Canyon  (3 mentions)
    Bell Rock Trail  (3 mentions)
    Devils Bridge  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Sedona:
        Elote Cafe
    hotels around Sedona:
        Enchantment Resort
    questions about Sedona:
        Best things to do in Sedona besides hiking?
        Nature Lover in Sedona
        Vortex Hike/ Sound healing
        Best hikes and natural swimming holes
        Going on a roadtrip to Sedona, AZ. Is taking I-10 better route?
Barstow  (11 answers)
    restaurants around Barstow:
        Del Taco
    questions about Barstow:
        What's the best neighborhood in Barstow for a first time visitor?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Los Angeles, California.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Los Angeles?

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 Los Angeles.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in Los Angeles to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Shutters On the Beach, which was mentioned 36 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Erwin  (30 mentions)
The Standard Downtown LA  (20 mentions)
Ace Hotel Los Angeles  (17 mentions)
The Huntley Hotel  (15 mentions)

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






Where's the best place to eat in Los Angeles?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Gjelina, which was mentioned 44 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Perch  (25 mentions)
Bottega Louie  (18 mentions)
Grand Central Market  (16 mentions)
Bestia  (15 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in Los Angeles?

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:

Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
Third Street Promenade  (55 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 Los Angeles. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

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 Bianca Sousa from Miami asked:
What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?  (20 answers)

 Nicole Perry from Minneapolis asked:
Best restaurants in Los Angeles?  (19 answers)

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






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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,795 miles
driving time of 26 hours, 13 minutes
Los Angeles is 2 hours behind Memphis
94 Memphis travel answers
33 Little Rock travel answers
25 Oklahoma City travel answers
2 Elk City travel answers
20 Amarillo travel answers
77 Albuquerque travel answers
5 Gallup travel answers
73 Sedona travel answers
11 Barstow travel answers
569 Los Angeles travel answers





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