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San Antonio to Anaheim drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets


San Antonio to Anaheim road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Antonio to Anaheim. If you're planning a road trip to Anaheim, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Antonio and Anaheim. 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 San Antonio
drive for about 3 hours

1:13 pm  Caverns of Sonora
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:13 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:51 pm  Fort Stockton
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:51 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:33 pm  Van Horn
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Van Horn
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:44 am  El Paso
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:44 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

4:08 pm  Chiricahua National Monument
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:08 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:10 pm  Tucson
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Tucson
drive for about 1.5 hours

10:44 am  Phoenix
stay for about 2.5 hours and leave at 1:14 pm
drive for about 5 hours

6:21 pm  Palm Springs
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 7:21 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

8:59 pm  arrive in Anaheim
stay at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

day 3 driving ≈ 8.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Antonio, Texas.

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?

Caverns of Sonora  (3 mentions)
Fort Stockton  (4 answers)
Van Horn  (2 answers)
El Paso  (25 answers)
    questions about El Paso:
        Best free things to do in El Paso?
        Must-see spots & fun things to do for 4 guys in their mid twenties?
        El Paso, TX
Chiricahua National Monument  (2 mentions)
Tucson  (43 answers)
    El Charro Cafe  (2 mentions)
    Ventana Canyon Trailhead  (2 mentions)
    questions about Tucson:
        What to do in Tucson- staying near UofA
        Best free things to do in Tucson?
Phoenix  (105 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
    questions about Phoenix:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?
        Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson
        Best restaurants in Phoenix?
        Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?
        Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?
Palm Springs  (45 answers)
    Palm Springs Art Museum  (4 mentions)
    Indian Canyons  (4 mentions)
    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  (3 mentions)
    Trina Turk  (3 mentions)
    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Palm Springs:
        Trio Restaurant
        Jake's
        Workshop Kitchen + Bar
        Bar
        Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs
    questions about Palm Springs:
        Best hotel pools in Palm Springs?
        Cheap eats/activities
        Quick weekend gataway this winter
        Moderately priced restaurants
        Bachelorette Party Ideas - Spa, Restaurant, Night Out




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Anaheim, California.

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



Where's the best place to stay in Anaheim?

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 Anaheim.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Anabella Hotel  (4 mentions)

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





Where's the best place to eat in Anaheim?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest House of Blues, which was mentioned 2 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion  (2 mentions)
Playground  (2 mentions)
The Packing House  (2 mentions)
Anepalco's Cafe  (2 mentions)

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





What are some things to do in Anaheim?

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:

Disneyland  (42 mentions)
Knott's Berry Farm  (10 mentions)
Disneyland Park  (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 Anaheim. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Scott from San Francisco asked:
Disneyland Fireworks - best place to see them NOT at the park  (4 answers)

profile  Kelly from Massachusetts asked:
LAX to Disneyland  (2 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Anaheim?  (2 answers)

profile  Amy from Kansas City (Missouri) asked:
Anaheim food & drink (for grown-ups)?  (1 answer)

profile  Tina from Connecticut asked:
Traveling with teenagers, look for cool places to stay stop along the way.  (1 answer)

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





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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,338 miles
driving time of 19 hours, 4 minutes
Anaheim is 2 hours behind San Antonio
66 San Antonio travel answers
4 Fort Stockton travel answers
2 Van Horn travel answers
25 El Paso travel answers
43 Tucson travel answers
105 Phoenix travel answers
45 Palm Springs travel answers
33 Anaheim travel answers





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