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San Diego to St. Louis drive in an RV

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  San Diego
 Petrified Forest National Park
 Elk City
2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   RV


RV campgrounds from San Diego to St. Louis

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Here's a sample itinerary for a camping drive from San Diego to St. Louis in your RV. If you're planning a road trip to St. Louis, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best RV parks, campgrounds, hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members and AllStays. Scroll down to see all the RV campgrounds along the way.

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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 and 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 Phoenix
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 Mannie's Family Restaurant
stay overnight at Residence Inn Albuquerque Airport
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 Residence Inn Albuquerque Airport
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 at Elk Run RV Park
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 Run RV Park
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 Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar
stay at The Red Lion Hotel St. Louis City Center

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.

What are RV campgrounds along the way?

Phoenix  (107 answers)
    Covered Wagon RV Park  (1 mention)
    Royal Palms  (1 mention)
    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)

Albuquerque  (82 answers)
    El Rancho RV and Mobile Home Park  (1 mention)
    Kirtland AFB FamCamp  (1 mention)
    Balloon View RV Park  (1 mention)
    KOA Campground Albuquerque  (1 mention)
    Palisades RV Park  (1 mention)
    Coronado Village  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Albuquerque:
        Mannie's Family Restaurant
        Kelly's Brew Pub
        Kelly's Brewpub
    hotels around Albuquerque:
        Residence Inn Albuquerque Airport
        Extended Stay America Hotel Airport Albuquerque
        Sleep Inn Airport Albuquerque
        TownePlace Suites Albuquerque Airport
        La Quinta Inn Albuquerque Airport
        Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Albuquerque
    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)
    Wonderland RV Park  (1 mention)
    Big Tex RV Park  (1 mention)
    Overnite RV Park  (1 mention)
    KOA Campground Amarillo  (1 mention)
    Fort Amarillo RV Resort  (1 mention)
    Route 66 RV Ranch  (1 mention)
    Cadillac Ranch RV Park  (1 mention)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE

Elk City  (2 answers)
    Elk Creek RV Park  (1 mention)
    Elk City Lake Park  (1 mention)
    Elk Run RV Park  (1 mention)
    Flying W Guest Ranch RV Park  (1 mention)
    hotels around Elk City:
        Elk Run RV Park
        Elk Creek RV Park
        Clarion Inn Elk City
        Rodeway Inn Elk City
        Ramada Inn Elk City
        Comfort Inn & Suites Elk City
        Motel 6 Elk City
        Elk City Motor Lodge
        Travel Inn Elk City

Springfield  (5 answers)
    Cooks RV Motor Park  (1 mention)
    Ozark Highlands MHP-RV Park  (1 mention)
    KOA Campground Springfield  (1 mention)
    Timbercrest Park  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Springfield:
        The Coffee Ethic
        European Cafe
        Aviary Cafe

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 The Red Lion Hotel St. Louis City Center.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Omni Majestic Hotel  (1 mention)
Westin St. Louis  (1 mention)

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

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

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

GoPetFriendly suggests Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Flamingo Bowl  (1 mention)

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.

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)

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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 in an RV, 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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