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San Diego to St. Louis drive

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  San Diego
 Phoenix
 Petrified Forest National Park
 Albuquerque
 Amarillo
 Elk City
 Springfield
   St. Louis 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Diego to St. Louis road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego to St. Louis. If you're planning a road trip to St. Louis, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Diego and St. Louis. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between San Diego and St. Louis. 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 5.5 hours

4:28 pm  Phoenix
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 4 hours

2:05 pm  Petrified Forest National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:05 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

6:37 pm  Albuquerque
eat at Frontier Restaurant
stay overnight at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
drive for about 4 hours

2:14 pm  Amarillo
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:14 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

5:33 pm  Elk City
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Elk City
drive for about 6 hours

3:06 pm  Springfield
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:06 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:17 pm  arrive in St. Louis
eat at Pappy's Smokehouse
stay at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch

day 4 driving ≈ 9.5 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?

Phoenix  (107 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?

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

Albuquerque  (82 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
    hotels around Albuquerque:
        Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
    questions about Albuquerque:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Temporary home!
        The High Road tour

Amarillo  (23 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE

Elk City  (2 answers)

Springfield  (5 answers)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Saint Louis, Missouri.

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


Where's the best place to stay in St. Louis?

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 St. Louis.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Lemp Mansion  (2 mentions)

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Where's the best place to eat in St. Louis?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Pappy's Smokehouse, which was mentioned 8 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Ted Drewes  (4 mentions)
Pastaria  (2 mentions)
Companion  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in St. Louis?

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:

Forest Park  (10 mentions)
St. Louis Zoo  (6 mentions)
City Museum  (5 mentions)
Gateway Arch  (4 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 St. Louis. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Gina from Minneapolis asked:
Good St. Louis dines?  (6 answers)

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Great lunch places in St Louis  (6 answers)

profile  Cassie from asked:
Good family vacation within 10 hours of St. Louis (not Branson)?  (5 answers)

profile  Shelby from Scottsdale asked:
Where are the best places to stay in St. Louis?  (5 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in St. Louis for a first time visitor?  (5 answers)

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




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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis. Or get a full San Diego to St. Louis 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 1,811 miles
driving time of 26 hours, 34 minutes
St. Louis is 2 hours ahead of San Diego
222 San Diego travel answers
107 Phoenix travel answers
6 Petrified Forest National Park travel answers
82 Albuquerque travel answers
23 Amarillo travel answers
2 Elk City travel answers
5 Springfield travel answers
62 St. Louis travel answers





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