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Salt Lake City to San Antonio via Waco

driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Salt Lake City to San Antonio road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Salt Lake City to San Antonio. If you're planning a road trip to San Antonio, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Salt Lake City
drive for about 4 hours

12:51 pm  Moab
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:51 pm
drive for about 3 hours

4:45 pm  Mesa Verde National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:45 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:35 pm  Chaco Canyon
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8.5 hours

 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Chaco Canyon
drive for about 2 hours

11:05 am  Albuquerque
eat at Frontier Restaurant
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 1:05 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:25 pm  Fort Sumner
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:25 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:15 pm  Lubbock
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Lubbock
drive for about 5.5 hours

3:15 pm  Waco
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:15 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:16 pm  arrive in San Antonio
eat at Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia
stay at Hilton Palacio del Rio

day 3 driving ≈ 8.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Moab  (42 answers)
    Arches National Park  (27 mentions)
    Canyonlands National Park  (17 mentions)
    questions about Moab:
        Seeking Dog Friendly Adventures in Moab?
        Things to do in Moab

Mesa Verde National Park  (22 mentions)
    questions about Mesa Verde National Park:
        where to fly into

Chaco Canyon  (3 mentions)

Albuquerque  (96 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!
        Where to stay

Fort Sumner

Lubbock  (9 answers)
    questions about Lubbock:
        Places in Lubbock to see

Waco  (7 answers)
    Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum  (2 mentions)
    Dr Pepper Museum  (2 mentions)
    Flying J  (2 mentions)
    questions about Waco:
        RV parks in or near Waco Texas.


Where's the best place to stay in San Antonio?

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 Antonio.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hilton Palacio del Rio, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Embassy Suites  (3 mentions)
Mokara Hotel & Spa  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in San Antonio? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in San Antonio?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Acenar  (4 mentions)
Bliss  (3 mentions)
Luke  (3 mentions)
The Guenther House  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in San Antonio? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in San Antonio?

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:

Riverwalk  (12 mentions)
The Alamo  (8 mentions)
The Alamo  (5 mentions)
Pearl Brewery  (5 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 Antonio. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in San Antonio?  (20 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Antonio?  (11 answers)

profile  Pattie from Boise asked:
Must do in SA; and nearest fishing port?  (10 answers)

profile  Patrick from Shreveport asked:
Top 3 Must Visit Places in San Antonio?  (4 answers)

profile  Molly from asked:
What are all the local favorite spots in San Antonio?  (4 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to San Antonio.




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 Antonio to Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City to San Antonio. Or get a full Salt Lake City to San Antonio 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 Salt Lake City well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Salt Lake City!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,446 miles
driving time of 22 hours, 37 minutes
84 Salt Lake City travel answers
42 Moab travel answers
96 Albuquerque travel answers
9 Lubbock travel answers
7 Waco travel answers
91 San Antonio travel answers





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