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Mt Rushmore to San Diego drive

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  Mt Rushmore
 Bill
 Rock Springs
 Park City
 Beaver (Utah)
 Zion National Park
 Las Vegas
 Palm Springs
   San Diego 
driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Mt Rushmore to San Diego road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Mt Rushmore
drive for about 2 hours

11:14 am  Bill
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:14 pm
drive for about 4.5 hours

4:45 pm  Rock Springs
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:45 pm
drive for about 3 hours

8:30 pm  Park City
stay overnight at Washington School House Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Washington School House Hotel
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:15 pm  Beaver (Utah)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:15 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:03 pm  Zion National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

8:00 am  leave from Zion National Park
drive for about 2.5 hours

10:41 am  Las Vegas
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 2:41 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:38 pm  Palm Springs
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:38 pm
drive for about 2 hours

9:48 pm  arrive in San Diego
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

day 3 driving ≈ 9 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Bill

Rock Springs  (2 answers)

Park City  (28 answers)
    High West Distillery & Saloon  (5 mentions)
    Utah Olympic Park  (2 mentions)
    No Name Saloon & Grill  (2 mentions)
    Alta Ski Area  (2 mentions)
    Deer Valley  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Park City:
        The Farm at Canyons
        Riverhorse
    hotels around Park City:
        Washington School House Hotel
        Canyons Resort
    questions about Park City:
        Summer activities in Park City?
        What are the best restaurants and bars in Park City?
        What is a convenient to slopes hotel in Park City area?
        Day trips from Park City
        Looking for charming boutique hotel in Park City

Beaver (Utah)  (2 answers)
    questions about Beaver (Utah):
        what is in beaver?

Zion National Park  (77 mentions)
    questions about 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?
        When is the best time to visit/hike Zion national park?
        Are hiking boots necessary now if I hike Angels Landing
        Poisonous plants/ Venomous animals in Zion Canyon

Las Vegas  (297 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
    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?

Palm Springs  (49 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
        What to do in palm springs in November?
        Moderately priced restaurants


Where's the best place to stay in San Diego?

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 San Diego.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Del Coronado, which was mentioned 28 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Glorietta Bay Inn  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in San Diego?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Prado at Balboa Park, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Hash House a-Go-Go  (10 mentions)
Extraordinary Desserts  (6 mentions)
Juniper & Ivy  (5 mentions)
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery  (5 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in San Diego?

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:

Balboa Park  (40 mentions)
San Diego Zoo  (25 mentions)
Mission Beach  (25 mentions)
Old Town San Diego  (16 mentions)
Ocean Beach  (16 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 San Diego. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Holly from Calgary asked:
Fun for a family with small children (NOT Disneyland!)  (11 answers)

profile  Lily from Los Angeles asked:
Restaurant & activities ideas for couples weekend getaway in San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Beverly from San Luis Obispo asked:
Weekend road trip from LA to San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
Wondering which beach is better to stay at? Ocean Beach or Mission Beach?  (8 answers)

profile  Kenneth from Portland asked:
Best burritos in San Diego?  (7 answers)

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




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 San Diego to Mt Rushmore 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 Mt Rushmore to San Diego. Or get a full Mt Rushmore to San Diego 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 Mt Rushmore well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Mt Rushmore!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,368 miles
driving time of 20 hours, 16 minutes
San Diego is 2 hours behind Mt Rushmore
38 Mt Rushmore travel answers
2 Rock Springs travel answers
28 Park City travel answers
2 Beaver (Utah) travel answers
297 Las Vegas travel answers
49 Palm Springs travel answers
243 San Diego travel answers





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