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Santa Fe (New Mexico) to Los Angeles drive

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  Santa Fe (New Mexico)
 Albuquerque
 Gallup
 Winslow (Arizona)
 Williams
 Kingman
 Mojave National Preserve
 Joshua Tree National Park
   Los Angeles 
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Santa Fe (New Mexico) to Los Angeles road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Santa Fe (New Mexico) to Los Angeles. If you're planning a road trip to Los Angeles, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Santa Fe (New Mexico) and Los Angeles. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Santa Fe (New Mexico) and Los Angeles. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Santa Fe (New Mexico)
drive for about 1 hour

10:00 am  Albuquerque
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 12:00 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:02 pm  Gallup
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:02 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:55 pm  Winslow (Arizona)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:55 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:24 pm  Williams
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Williams
drive for about 1.5 hours

10:41 am  Kingman
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:41 am
drive for about 2 hours

1:26 pm  Mojave National Preserve
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:26 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:06 pm  Joshua Tree National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:06 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:49 pm  arrive in Los Angeles
eat at Gjelina
stay at Shutters On the Beach

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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Santa Fe (New Mexico) to Los Angeles questions

profile  Wendy asked:
Best place to stop for the night  (0 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

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

Gallup  (6 answers)

Winslow (Arizona)  (7 answers)

Williams  (10 answers)
    questions about Williams:
        Are there side streets going to Williams, AZ from Phoenix?

Kingman  (13 answers)

Mojave National Preserve  (3 mentions)

Joshua Tree National Park  (24 mentions)
    questions about Joshua Tree National Park:
        First-timer weekend in Joshua tree with girlfriends
        Best campsites at Joshua Tree?
        Joshua Tree adventure


Where's the best place to stay in Los Angeles?

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 Los Angeles.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in Los Angeles to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Shutters On the Beach, which was mentioned 36 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Erwin  (30 mentions)
The Standard Downtown LA  (20 mentions)
Ace Hotel Los Angeles  (17 mentions)
The Huntley Hotel  (15 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Los Angeles?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Gjelina, which was mentioned 44 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Perch  (25 mentions)
Bottega Louie  (18 mentions)
Grand Central Market  (16 mentions)
Bestia  (15 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Los Angeles?

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 Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
Third Street Promenade  (55 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 Los Angeles. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Michelle from Mesa asked:
Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?  (27 answers)

profile  Maxime from Los Angeles asked:
What's your favorite burger in L.A?  (26 answers)

profile  Clement from Singapore asked:
Free things to do in Los Angeles?  (24 answers)

profile  Bianca from Miami asked:
What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?  (20 answers)

profile  Steph from asked:
Area an hour away from LAX airport  (19 answers)

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




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 Los Angeles to Santa Fe (New Mexico) 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 Santa Fe (New Mexico) to Los Angeles. Or get a full Santa Fe (New Mexico) to Los Angeles 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 Santa Fe (New Mexico) well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Santa Fe (New Mexico)!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 850 miles
driving time of 12 hours, 44 minutes
Los Angeles is 1 hour behind Santa Fe (New Mexico)
110 Santa Fe (New Mexico) travel answers
96 Albuquerque travel answers
6 Gallup travel answers
7 Winslow (Arizona) travel answers
10 Williams travel answers
13 Kingman travel answers
612 Los Angeles travel answers





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