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San Diego to Albuquerque drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days



San Diego to Albuquerque road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego to Albuquerque. If you're planning a road trip to Albuquerque, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, 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 Diego
drive for about 3 hours

12:57 pm  Horseshoe Bend
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:57 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:23 pm  Gila Bend
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:23 pm
drive for about 1 hour

6:31 pm  Phoenix
eat at Chelsea's Kitchen
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 2 hours

11:49 am  Horton Creek Trail
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:49 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:00 pm  Winslow
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:00 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:53 pm  Gallup
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:53 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:53 pm  arrive in Albuquerque
eat at Frontier Restaurant
stay at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Diego, California.

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?

Horseshoe Bend  (2 mentions)
Gila Bend
Phoenix  (102 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?
        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?
Horton Creek Trail  (2 mentions)
Winslow  (4 answers)
Gallup  (5 answers)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Albuquerque?

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 Albuquerque.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

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






Where's the best place to eat in Albuquerque?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Frontier Restaurant, which was mentioned 2 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Standard Diner  (2 mentions)
Frontier Restaurant  (2 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in Albuquerque?

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:

Old Town Albuquerque  (3 mentions)
Explora!  (2 mentions)
Nob Hill  (2 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 Albuquerque. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?  (4 answers)

 Erin B from Salt Lake City asked:
Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?  (2 answers)

 Alecia Sturgill from Kailua Kona asked:
Temporary home!  (2 answers)

 Mary Ann Tartaglia-Straube from Orlando asked:
The High Road tour  (1 answer)

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






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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 770 miles
driving time of 11 hours, 19 minutes
Albuquerque is 1 hour ahead of San Diego
214 San Diego travel answers
102 Phoenix travel answers
4 Winslow travel answers
5 Gallup travel answers
76 Albuquerque travel answers





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