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Palm Springs to Washington, DC drive

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  Palm Springs
 Phoenix
 Albuquerque
 Amarillo
 Oklahoma City
 Little Rock
 Nashville
 Roanoke
   Washington, DC 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   6 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Palm Springs to Washington, DC road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Palm Springs to Washington, DC. If you're planning a road trip to Washington, DC, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Palm Springs and Washington, DC. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Palm Springs and Washington, DC. 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 Palm Springs
drive for about 5 hours

3:59 pm  Phoenix
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:22 pm  Albuquerque
stay overnight at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
drive for about 4 hours

2:14 pm  Amarillo
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:14 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:01 pm  Oklahoma City
stay overnight at The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
drive for about 5 hours

4:09 pm  Little Rock
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 5

11:00 am  leave from Little Rock
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:25 pm  Nashville
stay overnight at Gaylord Opryland Resort
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 6

9:00 am  leave from Gaylord Opryland Resort
drive for about 7 hours

4:01 pm  Roanoke
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:01 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

8:37 pm  arrive in Washington, DC
stay at JW Marriott Hotel

day 6 driving ≈ 10.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Palm Springs, California.

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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?

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:
        Chelsea's Kitchen
        SunUp Brewing Co
        The Parlor Pizzeria
        The Clever Koi
        Crudo
    hotels around Phoenix:
        Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
        The Clarendon Hotel and Spa
    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?

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:
        Frontier Restaurant
        Standard Diner
        Frontier Restaurant
    hotels around Albuquerque:
        Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
    questions about Albuquerque:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?
        Temporary home!
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Where to stay

Amarillo  (25 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE

Oklahoma City  (25 answers)
    Boathouse District  (4 mentions)
    Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum  (3 mentions)
    AT&T Bricktown Ballpark  (2 mentions)
    Science Museum Oklahoma  (2 mentions)
    Stockyards City Main Street  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Oklahoma City:
        Kitchen No. 324
        Big Truck Tacos
        Waffle Champion
        Cheever's Cafe
        Museum Cafe
    hotels around Oklahoma City:
        The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
    questions about Oklahoma City:
        Breakfast Restaurant in OKC
        What sort of hands-on things can I experience in OKC?
        What's the best neighborhood in Oklahoma City for a first time visitor?

Little Rock  (34 answers)
    William J Clinton Library  (6 mentions)
    Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site  (3 mentions)
    Governors Mansion Historic District  (2 mentions)
    William J. Clinton Presidential Center  (2 mentions)
    Museum of Discovery  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Little Rock:
        Doe's Eat Place
        Loca Luna
    questions about Little Rock:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Little Rock?
        Best sights in Little Rock
        Good Eating Gems
        Can't miss restaurants in Little Rock?
        Best hotels in Little Rock?

Nashville  (157 answers)
    Grand Ole Opry  (8 mentions)
    Country Music Hall of Fame  (6 mentions)
    Ryman Auditorium  (6 mentions)
    Centennial Park  (6 mentions)
    The Parthenon  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Nashville:
        Bluebird Cafe
        Opryland Hotel
        Pancake Pantry
        Hattie B's Hot Chicken - 19th Ave
        Peg Leg Porker BBQ
    hotels around Nashville:
        Gaylord Opryland Resort
        The Hermitage Hotel
        Omni Nashville Hotel
    questions about Nashville:
        Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?
        Top of the line hotels in Nashville?
        Hotel by Airport
        What are some must sees in Nashville during the weekend
        Best Location to Stay

Roanoke  (17 answers)
    questions about Roanoke:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Roanoke?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Washington, District of Columbia.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Washington, DC?

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 Washington, DC.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out JW Marriott Hotel, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Willard  (3 mentions)
W Washington DC  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Washington, DC?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest National Gallery of Art, which was mentioned 19 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Mitsitam Cafe  (10 mentions)
Founding Farmers  (9 mentions)
Rose's Luxury  (9 mentions)
Pavilion CafĂ©  (8 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Washington, DC?

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:

National Mall  (30 mentions)
Washington Monument  (25 mentions)
Lincoln Memorial  (22 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 Washington, DC. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Jessica from asked:
Best hotel near museums  (20 answers)

profile  Hannah from Milwaukee asked:
Fun free things to do in D.C.?  (11 answers)

profile  Michael from New York City asked:
Where to stay outside of the city?  (10 answers)

profile  Annemarie from New York City asked:
Getting from Union Station to National Mall?  (10 answers)

profile  Julian from Tampa asked:
How to make the most of three days in DC  (10 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Washington, DC.




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 Washington, DC to Palm Springs 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 Palm Springs to Washington, DC. Or get a full Palm Springs to Washington, DC 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 Palm Springs well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Palm Springs!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,592 miles
driving time of 38 hours, 48 minutes
Washington, DC is 3 hours ahead of Palm Springs
47 Palm Springs travel answers
114 Phoenix travel answers
89 Albuquerque travel answers
25 Amarillo travel answers
25 Oklahoma City travel answers
34 Little Rock travel answers
157 Nashville travel answers
17 Roanoke travel answers
168 Washington, DC travel answers





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