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San Diego to Phoenix drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days



San Diego to Phoenix road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego to Phoenix. If you're planning a road trip to Phoenix, 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

11:00 am  start in San Diego
drive for about 54 minutes

11:54 am  Stonewall Peak Trail
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:54 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:15 pm  Brawley
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:15 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:27 pm  Horseshoe Bend
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Horseshoe Bend
drive for about 47 minutes

10:47 am  Wellton
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:47 am
drive for about 2 hours

1:39 pm  Gila Bend
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:39 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:58 pm  Surprise
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:58 pm
drive for about 38 minutes

5:35 pm  arrive in Phoenix
eat at Chelsea's Kitchen
stay at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 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?

Stonewall Peak Trail
Brawley
Horseshoe Bend  (2 mentions)
Wellton
Gila Bend
Surprise  (2 answers)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Phoenix, Arizona.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Phoenix?

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 Phoenix.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

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






Where's the best place to eat in Phoenix?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chelsea's Kitchen, which was mentioned 6 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

SunUp Brewing Co  (3 mentions)
The Parlor Pizzeria  (3 mentions)
The Clever Koi  (2 mentions)
Crudo  (2 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in Phoenix?

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:

Piestewa Peak  (3 mentions)
Phoenix Art Museum  (2 mentions)
Bunky Boutique  (2 mentions)
Frances  (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 Phoenix. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?  (10 answers)

 Kenneth Bloom from Portland asked:
Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson  (9 answers)

 Dea Gianson from New York City asked:
Best restaurants in Phoenix?  (9 answers)

 Katie MCarthy from Columbus asked:
Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?  (6 answers)

 Hillary Rosen from Atlanta asked:
Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?  (5 answers)

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






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 Phoenix 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 Phoenix. Or get a full San Diego to Phoenix 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 355 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 28 minutes
216 San Diego travel answers
2 Surprise travel answers
102 Phoenix travel answers





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