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Phoenix to Lake Tahoe drive

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  Phoenix
 Prescott
 Kingman
 Hoover Dam
 Death Valley
 Tonopah
 Hawthorne (Nevada)
   Lake Tahoe 
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Phoenix to Lake Tahoe road trip planner

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

11:48 am  Prescott
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:48 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:13 pm  Kingman
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:13 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:43 pm  Hoover Dam
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours

 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Hoover Dam
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:40 am  Death Valley
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:40 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:53 pm  Tonopah
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:53 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:28 pm  Hawthorne (Nevada)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:28 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

9:08 pm  arrive in Lake Tahoe
stay at Heavenly

day 2 driving ≈ 9 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Prescott  (5 answers)

Kingman  (11 answers)

Hoover Dam  (32 mentions)

Death Valley  (11 mentions)

Tonopah

Hawthorne (Nevada)


Where's the best place to stay in Lake Tahoe?

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 Lake Tahoe.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Heavenly, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Lake Tahoe? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Lake Tahoe?

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:

Emerald Bay  (6 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 Lake Tahoe. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Debbie from San Francisco asked:
Non-snow-related things to do in Lake Tahoe  (3 answers)

profile  Liz from Washington asked:
Looking for breweries, hikes and restaurants around Lake Tahoe.  (3 answers)

profile  kym from Raleigh asked:
Best part of Lake Tahoe to stay  (2 answers)

profile  Elaina from asked:
What to see, eat, and do in Lake Tahoe?  (1 answer)

profile  Alys from Miami asked:
Spring Break Skiing  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Lake Tahoe.




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 Lake Tahoe to Phoenix 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 Phoenix to Lake Tahoe. Or get a full Phoenix to Lake Tahoe 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 Phoenix well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Phoenix!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 744 miles
driving time of 11 hours, 55 minutes
Lake Tahoe is the same time as Phoenix
121 Phoenix travel answers
5 Prescott travel answers
11 Kingman travel answers
45 Lake Tahoe travel answers





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