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Ottawa to San Diego drive

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  Ottawa
 Toronto
 Chicago
 Des Moines
 Great Platte River Road Archway
 Denver
 Bryce Canyon National Park
 Las Vegas
   San Diego 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   7 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Ottawa to San Diego road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Ottawa 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 Ottawa and San Diego. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Ottawa 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

11:00 am  start in Ottawa
drive for about 4.5 hours

3:22 pm  Toronto
stay overnight at The Drake Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from The Drake Hotel
drive for about 8 hours

5:50 pm  Chicago
eat at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from The James Chicago Hotel
drive for about 5 hours

4:15 pm  Des Moines
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Des Moines
drive for about 5.5 hours

2:40 pm  Great Platte River Road Archway
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:40 pm
drive for about 6.5 hours

9:57 pm  Denver
stay overnight at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 12 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
drive for about 9.5 hours

7:26 pm  Bryce Canyon National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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 Day 6

8:00 am  leave from Bryce Canyon National Park
drive for about 5 hours

12:45 pm  Las Vegas
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 4:45 pm
drive for about 5 hours

9:37 pm  arrive in San Diego
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

day 6 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Ottawa, Ontario.

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?

Toronto  (139 answers)
    Royal Ontario Museum  (18 mentions)
    CN Tower  (16 mentions)
    Toronto Islands  (16 mentions)
    Distillery District  (15 mentions)
    Eaton Centre  (12 mentions)
    restaurants around Toronto:
        St. Lawrence Market
        The Black Hoof
        Cold Tea
        Panorama Lounge
        Grand Electric
    hotels around Toronto:
        The Drake Hotel
        Thompson Toronto
        Gladstone Hotel
        Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto
        Hyatt Regency Toronto
    questions about Toronto:
        Which is the best Outlet for shopping?
        Must-see during Toronto weekend trip?
        Where to catch the best views in Toronto?
        Family of five heading to Toronto. What should we do?
        Walking tours in Toronto

Chicago  (289 answers)
    Millennium Park  (54 mentions)
    The Art Institute of Chicago  (48 mentions)
    Shedd Aquarium  (46 mentions)
    Willis Tower  (38 mentions)
    Lincoln Park Zoo  (35 mentions)
    restaurants around Chicago:
        Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
        Pequod's Pizza
        Girl & the Goat
        Big Star
        Au Cheval
    hotels around Chicago:
        The James Chicago Hotel
        Hotel Palomar Chicago
        Acme Hotel Company Chicago
        Virgin Hotels Chicago
        Thompson Chicago
    questions about Chicago:
        Best Chicago pizza?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
        What to do in one weekend in Chicago?
        airport transportation
        Good places to go for live music in Chicago?

Des Moines  (18 answers)
    questions about Des Moines:
        What's the best neighborhood in Des Moines for a first time visitor?
        Any good hiking spots in or near Des Moines?

Great Platte River Road Archway

Denver  (169 answers)
    Denver Museum of Nature and Science  (15 mentions)
    Denver Botanic Gardens  (12 mentions)
    Denver Art Museum  (11 mentions)
    LoDo  (11 mentions)
    Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Denver:
        Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
        Rioja
        Acorn
        Root Down
        Bistro Vendome
    hotels around Denver:
        The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
        The Crawford Hotel
        Four Seasons Hotel Denver
        Hotel Teatro
        the Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
    questions about Denver:
        Short, scenic drives from Denver?
        Best resort for advanced skier?
        Activites to do with children ages 7-11
        Top 5 must see attractions in Denver?
        Restaurant for dinner near Coors Field?

Bryce Canyon National Park  (39 mentions)
    questions about Bryce Canyon National Park:
        Poisonous plants/ Venomous animals in Bryce Canyon

Las Vegas  (294 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?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Diego, California.

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


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  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
Wondering which beach is better to stay at? Ocean Beach or Mission Beach?  (8 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  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 Ottawa 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 Ottawa to San Diego. Or get a full Ottawa 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.

And if you know Ottawa well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Ottawa!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,851 miles
driving time of 41 hours, 11 minutes
San Diego is 3 hours behind Ottawa
16 Ottawa travel answers
139 Toronto travel answers
289 Chicago travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
169 Denver travel answers
294 Las Vegas travel answers
240 San Diego travel answers





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