Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to New Orleans. If you're planning a road trip to New Orleans, 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.
Day 1, 9:00 am: start in San Francisco
drive for about 5.5 hours
Day 2, 9:00 am: leave from Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
drive for about 2.5 hours
Day 3, 9:00 am: leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 2.5 hours
Day 3, 11:18 am: Mount Lemmon
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:18 pm
drive for about 7 hours
Day 3, 7:30 pm: Carlsbad Caverns National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am
Day 4, 10:00 am: leave from Carlsbad Caverns National Park
drive for about 4.5 hours
Day 4, 2:43 pm: Caverns of Sonora
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:43 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours
Day 5, 10:00 am: leave from Hotel San Jose
drive for about 2.5 hours
Your starting point is San Francisco, California.
You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.
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.
Santa Barbara (182 answers)
Butterfly Beach (7 mentions)
Bacara Resort & Spa (6 mentions)
Hendry's Beach (4 mentions)
Stearns Wharf (4 mentions)
The Funk Zone (4 mentions)
restaurants around Santa Barbara:
McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
La Super-Rica Taqueria
The Lark - Santa Barbara
Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
The Palace Grill
hotels around Santa Barbara:
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
San Ysidro Ranch
El Encanto Hotel
questions about Santa Barbara:
Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?
Bachelorette Weekend Getaway in Santa Barbara
Best Beach in Santa Barbara?
24 hours in Santa Barbara, what do I have to see/eat/do?
Santa Barbara wine country ideas?
Laguna Beach (60 answers)
Crystal Cove State Park (10 mentions)
Balboa Island (8 mentions)
Balboa Island (3 mentions)
Victoria Beach (3 mentions)
Dana Point Harbor (2 mentions)
restaurants around Laguna Beach:
Javier's Restaurant - Newport Beach
The Beachcomber Cafe
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
questions about Laguna Beach:
Where to stay and non-surfing things to do in Laguna Beach
What is your favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach?
Phoenix (86 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:
SunUp Brewing Co
The Parlor Pizzeria
The Clever Koi
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?
Carlsbad Caverns National Park (17 mentions)
Caverns of Sonora (2 mentions)
Austin (157 answers)
Franklins BBQ (27 mentions)
Zilker Park (25 mentions)
Barton Springs Pool (17 mentions)
Continental Club (11 mentions)
Rainey Street (8 mentions)
restaurants around Austin:
The County Line
hotels around Austin:
Hotel San Jose
The W Austin Hotel
The Driskill Hotel
Hotel Saint Cecilia
questions about Austin:
Best BBQ in/near Austin?
Do I need to rent a car for a week in Austin?
What are the must-sees in Austin?
Best eats/bars in Austin under $25?
Houston (73 answers)
Houston Galleria (8 mentions)
Hermann Park (7 mentions)
Houston Museum of Natural Science (5 mentions)
Cavender's Boot City (4 mentions)
Miller Outdoor Theatre (4 mentions)
restaurants around Houston:
Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
Goode Company Barbeque
questions about Houston:
Best Mexican restaurants in town?
Young Professional Neighborhood
Favorite places to eat in Houston?
What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?
MD Anderson patient
Your final destination is New Orleans, Louisiana.
You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.
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 New Orleans.
If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Monteleone, which was mentioned 11 times on Trippy.
Here are some more hotels people talk about:
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Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?
Trippy members suggest Café du Monde, which was mentioned 62 times.
Here are some more restaurants people talk about:
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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:
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