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New Mexico to Los Angeles drive

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  New Mexico
 Albuquerque
 Gallup
 Petrified Forest National Park
 Sedona
 Seligman
 Kingman
 Mojave National Preserve
 Joshua Tree National Park
   Los Angeles 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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New Mexico to Los Angeles road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from New Mexico to Los Angeles. If you're planning a road trip to Los Angeles, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between New Mexico and Los Angeles. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between New Mexico and Los Angeles. 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 at New Mexico
drive for about 2 hours

11:55 am  Albuquerque
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 1:55 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:57 pm  Gallup
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:57 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:33 pm  Petrified Forest National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Petrified Forest National Park
drive for about 3 hours

1:05 pm  Sedona
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 2:35 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:26 pm  Seligman
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:26 pm
drive for about 1 hour

6:32 pm  Kingman
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Kingman
drive for about 2 hours

11:49 am  Mojave National Preserve
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:49 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:29 pm  Joshua Tree National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:29 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:12 pm  arrive in Los Angeles
eat at Gjelina
stay at Shutters On the Beach

day 3 driving ≈ 6 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is New Mexico (NM).

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?

Albuquerque  (82 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
    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)

Petrified Forest National Park  (6 answers)
    Petrified Forest National Park  (2 mentions)

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
    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?

Seligman  (6 answers)
    Angel & Vilma Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop & Visitor's Center  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Seligman:
        Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In

Kingman  (10 answers)

Mojave National Preserve  (2 mentions)

Joshua Tree National Park  (21 mentions)
    questions about Joshua Tree National Park:
        First-timer weekend in Joshua tree with girlfriends
        Best campsites at Joshua Tree?
        Joshua Tree adventure


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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Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?  (27 answers)

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What's your favorite burger in L.A?  (26 answers)

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

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

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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 826 miles
driving time of 12 hours, 28 minutes
Los Angeles is 1 hour behind New Mexico
37 New Mexico travel answers
82 Albuquerque travel answers
5 Gallup travel answers
6 Petrified Forest National Park travel answers
73 Sedona travel answers
6 Seligman travel answers
10 Kingman travel answers
573 Los Angeles travel answers





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