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San Diego to Santa Fe (New Mexico) drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

San Diego to Santa Fe (New Mexico) road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego to Santa Fe (New Mexico). If you're planning a road trip to Santa Fe (New Mexico), 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

10:00 am  start in San Diego
drive for about 2 hours

11:56 am  Mexicali
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:56 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

4:34 pm  Maricopa County
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:34 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:30 pm  Payson (Arizona)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Payson (Arizona)
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:44 am  Petrified Forest National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:44 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:04 pm  Gallup
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:04 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:03 pm  Albuquerque
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 7:03 pm
drive for about 1 hour

8:07 pm  arrive in Santa Fe (New Mexico)
stay at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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San Diego to Santa Fe (New Mexico) questions


Where should I stop along the way?

Mexicali

Maricopa County

Payson (Arizona)  (3 answers)

Petrified Forest National Park  (6 answers)
    Petrified Forest National Park  (2 mentions)

Gallup  (6 answers)

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


Where's the best place to stay in Santa Fe (New Mexico)?

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 Santa Fe (New Mexico).

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

La Fonda Hotel  (4 mentions)
Ten Thousand Waves  (4 mentions)
Inn and Spa at Loretto  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Santa Fe (New Mexico)? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Santa Fe (New Mexico)?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Shed, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Cafe Pasqual's  (4 mentions)
Tia Sophia's  (3 mentions)
La Boca  (2 mentions)
Coyote Cafe  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Santa Fe (New Mexico)? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Santa Fe (New Mexico)?

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:

Santa Fe Plaza  (5 mentions)
Loretto Chapel  (4 mentions)
El Farol  (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 Santa Fe (New Mexico). Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Melissa from asked:
Hotels in Santa Fe with spa?  (3 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Santa Fe?  (3 answers)

profile  Julia from Boston asked:
Wine lover's Santa Fe?  (3 answers)

profile  Jessica from Calabasas asked:
Top 5 things to do as a family!  (3 answers)

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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 Santa Fe (New Mexico) 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 Santa Fe (New Mexico). Or get a full San Diego to Santa Fe (New Mexico) 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!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 833 miles
driving time of 12 hours, 32 minutes
Santa Fe (New Mexico) is 1 hour ahead of San Diego
256 San Diego travel answers
3 Payson (Arizona) travel answers
6 Petrified Forest National Park travel answers
6 Gallup travel answers
96 Albuquerque travel answers
110 Santa Fe (New Mexico) travel answers





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