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Miami to Los Angeles drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   6 days



Miami to Los Angeles road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Miami 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

9:00 am  start in Miami
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:18 pm  Orlando
stay overnight at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
drive for about 6.5 hours

3:25 pm  Destin
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:25 pm
drive for about 5 hours

9:31 pm  Baton Rouge
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 11.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Baton Rouge
drive for about 7 hours

4:53 pm  Austin
stay overnight at Hotel San Jose
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 4

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

5:23 pm  Carlsbad Caverns National Park
stay overnight and 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 Carlsbad Caverns National Park
drive for about 7 hours

4:50 pm  Tucson
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 6

10:00 am  leave from Tucson
drive for about 7.5 hours

5:28 pm  arrive in Los Angeles
eat at Gjelina
stay at Shutters On the Beach

day 6 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Miami, Florida.

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?

Orlando  (134 answers)
    The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter  (16 mentions)
    Universal CityWalk  (8 mentions)
    Universal's Islands of Adventure  (7 mentions)
    Universal Studios Islands of Adventure  (5 mentions)
    Orlando Premium Outlets - International Dr  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Orlando:
        Cafe Tu Tu Tango
        Emeril's Orlando
        SeaWorld
        Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
        Hard Rock Cafe
    hotels around Orlando:
        Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
        Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Autograph Collection
    questions about Orlando:
        How many days for Disney + universal?
        What to do during one day in Orlando that's not Disney World
        Top golf courses in Orlando?
        Fine dining for client meeting in Orlando
        What's the best time of year to visit theme parks?
Destin  (14 answers)
    questions about Destin:
        Places to eat
        Family Friendly Spring Break
Baton Rouge  (14 answers)
    Chelsea's Cafe  (4 mentions)
    The Varsity Theatre  (3 mentions)
    questions about Baton Rouge:
        Great music spots in Baton Rouge?
        Must Eats in Baton Rouge?
        Best free things to do in Baton Rouge?
Austin  (163 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
    hotels around Austin:
        Hotel San Jose
        The W Austin Hotel
        The Driskill Hotel
        Austin Motel
        Hotel Saint Cecilia
    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?
Carlsbad Caverns National Park  (20 mentions)
Tucson  (40 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?




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!

 Michelle Ruiz from Mesa asked:
Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?  (27 answers)

 Maxime Cattet from Los Angeles asked:
What's your favorite burger in L.A?  (26 answers)

 Clement Tan from Singapore asked:
Free things to do in Los Angeles?  (24 answers)

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,730 miles
driving time of 37 hours, 57 minutes
Los Angeles is 3 hours behind Miami
132 Miami travel answers
134 Orlando travel answers
14 Destin travel answers
14 Baton Rouge travel answers
163 Austin travel answers
40 Tucson travel answers
568 Los Angeles travel answers





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