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St. Louis to Albuquerque drive

driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

St. Louis to Albuquerque road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from St. Louis to Albuquerque. If you're planning a road trip to Albuquerque, 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 St. Louis
drive for about 3 hours

1:02 pm  Lake of the Ozarks
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:02 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:22 pm  Springfield (Missouri)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:22 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:11 pm  Tulsa
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Tulsa
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:38 pm  Oklahoma City
eat at Kitchen No. 324
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:38 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:23 pm  Elk City
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Elk City
drive for about 2 hours

12:02 pm  Leaning Tower of Texas
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:02 pm
drive for about 3 hours

4:06 pm  Tucumcari
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:06 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:39 pm  arrive in Albuquerque
eat at Frontier Restaurant
stay at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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St. Louis to Albuquerque questions

profile  Taffy asked:
Most scenic route  (0 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

Lake of the Ozarks  (2 mentions)

Springfield (Missouri)  (7 answers)
    questions about Springfield (Missouri):
        Can't miss restaurants in Springfield?
        What town is about 500 miles west of Springfield MO on Interstate 40

Tulsa  (23 answers)
    Philbrook Museum of Art  (2 mentions)
    questions about Tulsa:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Tulsa?
        Best free things to do in Tulsa?
        Any recommendations for Steakhouses with Cigar Lounges?

Oklahoma City  (39 answers)
    Boathouse District  (4 mentions)
    Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum  (3 mentions)
    AT&T Bricktown Ballpark  (2 mentions)
    Science Museum Oklahoma  (2 mentions)
    Stockyards City Main Street  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Oklahoma City:
        Kitchen No. 324
        Big Truck Tacos
        Waffle Champion
        Cheever's Cafe
        Museum Cafe
    questions about Oklahoma City:
        Breakfast Restaurant in OKC
        What sort of hands-on things can I experience in OKC?
        What's the best neighborhood in Oklahoma City for a first time visitor?

Elk City  (2 answers)

Leaning Tower of Texas

Tucumcari  (4 answers)
    questions about Tucumcari:
        What are the must see/must stay/ must eat places in Tucumcari?


Where's the best place to stay in Albuquerque?

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 Albuquerque.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Albuquerque?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Frontier Restaurant, which was mentioned 2 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Standard Diner  (2 mentions)
Frontier Restaurant  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Albuquerque?

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:

Old Town Albuquerque  (3 mentions)
Explora!  (2 mentions)
Nob Hill  (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 Albuquerque. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?  (6 answers)

profile  Erin from Salt Lake City asked:
Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?  (2 answers)

profile  Alecia from Kailua Kona asked:
Temporary home!  (2 answers)

profile  Mary Ann from Orlando asked:
Where to stay  (1 answer)

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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 Albuquerque to St. Louis 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 St. Louis to Albuquerque. Or get a full St. Louis to Albuquerque 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 St. Louis well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about St. Louis!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,041 miles
driving time of 15 hours, 6 minutes
Albuquerque is 1 hour behind St. Louis
93 St. Louis travel answers
7 Springfield (Missouri) travel answers
23 Tulsa travel answers
39 Oklahoma City travel answers
2 Elk City travel answers
4 Tucumcari travel answers
96 Albuquerque travel answers





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