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Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from New York State 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 New York State and San Diego. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between New York State and San Diego. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.
11:00 am start at New York State
drive for about 5.5 hours
day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
9:00 am leave from The Cleveland Hostel
drive for about 5 hours
2:12 pm Indianapolis
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:12 pm
drive for about 4 hours
day 2 driving ≈ 9 hours
10:00 am leave from Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
drive for about 6 hours
4:05 pm Tulsa
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am
day 3 driving ≈ 6 hours
10:00 am leave from Tulsa
drive for about 9 hours
day 4 driving ≈ 9 hours
11:00 am leave from Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
drive for about 3.5 hours
2:33 pm Petrified Forest National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am
day 5 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
9:00 am leave from Petrified Forest National Park
drive for about 4 hours
1:00 pm Phoenix
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 3:30 pm
drive for about 5 hours
day 6 driving ≈ 9 hours
Your starting point is New York, New York.
You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.
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.
Cleveland (44 answers)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (13 mentions)
The Cleveland Museum of Art (12 mentions)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (6 mentions)
West Side Market (6 mentions)
Great Lakes Brewing Company (5 mentions)
restaurants around Cleveland:
The Greenhouse Tavern
Melt Bar & Grilled
hotels around Cleveland:
The Cleveland Hostel
questions about Cleveland:
Good restaurants for business dinner?
What is your favorite restaurant in Cleveland?
New to the city, friend coming to visit: What should we do?
Vegetarian near Playhouse Square
Best breweries in Cleveland?
Indianapolis (34 answers)
Indianapolis Museum of Art (4 mentions)
Indianapolis Zoo (2 mentions)
questions about Indianapolis:
What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis?
Awesome food trucks?
Best free things to do in Indianapolis?
Your Favorite Holiday Events in Indianapolis
St. Louis (72 answers)
Forest Park (10 mentions)
St. Louis Zoo (6 mentions)
City Museum (5 mentions)
Gateway Arch (4 mentions)
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (4 mentions)
restaurants around St. Louis:
Iron Barley Eating Establishment
hotels around St. Louis:
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
The Lemp Mansion
questions about St. Louis:
Great lunch places in St Louis
Good St. Louis dines?
Good family vacation within 10 hours of St. Louis (not Branson)?
Where are the best places to stay in St. Louis?
What's the best neighborhood in St. Louis for a first time visitor?
Tulsa (18 answers)
Philbrook Museum of Art (2 mentions)
questions about Tulsa:
What is your favorite restaurant in Tulsa?
Best free things to do in Tulsa?
Any recommendations for Steakhouses with Cigar Lounges?
Albuquerque (89 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:
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?
Where to stay
Petrified Forest National Park (6 answers)
Petrified Forest National Park (2 mentions)
Phoenix (114 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:
SunUp Brewing Co
The Parlor Pizzeria
The Clever Koi
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?
Your final destination is San Diego, California.
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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:
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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:
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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:
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