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Washington, DC to Carmel By the Sea via Phoenix

driving   /   7 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Washington, DC to Carmel By the Sea road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Washington, DC to Carmel By the Sea. If you're planning a road trip to Carmel By the Sea, 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

9:00 am  start in Washington, DC
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:34 pm  Roanoke
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:34 pm
drive for about 7 hours

8:24 pm  Franklin (Tennessee)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 10.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Franklin (Tennessee)
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:21 pm  Memphis
stay overnight at Peabody Hotel
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 Peabody Hotel
drive for about 7 hours

5:02 pm  Oklahoma City
eat at Kitchen No. 324
stay overnight at The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
drive for about 4 hours

1:58 pm  Amarillo
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:58 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:06 pm  Albuquerque
stay overnight at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:25 pm  Phoenix
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 6

11:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:20 pm  Los Angeles
stay overnight at Shutters On the Beach
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 6 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 7

11:00 am  leave from Shutters On the Beach
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:20 pm  arrive in Carmel By the Sea
stay at Mission Ranch Hotel

day 7 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Roanoke  (25 answers)
    questions about Roanoke:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Roanoke?

Franklin (Tennessee)  (11 answers)
    Radnor Lake Natural Area and Wildlife Refuge  (2 mentions)

Memphis  (114 answers)
    Beale Street  (9 mentions)
    Graceland  (9 mentions)
    National Civil Rights Museum  (8 mentions)
    Memphis Zoo  (7 mentions)
    Mud Island  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Memphis:
        Central BBQ
        Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
        Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
        Payne's Bar-B-Q
        Cozy Corner Restaurant
    hotels around Memphis:
        Peabody Hotel
    questions about Memphis:
        What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?
        What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?
        Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??
        Best blues clubs in Memphis?
        Good Food and Fun With Kids

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
    hotels around Oklahoma City:
        The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
    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?

Amarillo  (30 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE
        Hotels

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
    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!
        Where to stay

Phoenix  (125 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?

Los Angeles  (612 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    restaurants around Los Angeles:
        Gjelina
        Perch
        Bottega Louie
        Grand Central Market
        Bestia
    hotels around Los Angeles:
        Shutters On the Beach
        Hotel Erwin
        The Standard Downtown LA
        Ace Hotel Los Angeles
        The Huntley Hotel
    questions about Los Angeles:
        Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?
        What's your favorite burger in L.A?
        Free things to do in Los Angeles?
        What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?
        Area an hour away from LAX airport


Where's the best place to stay in Carmel By the Sea?

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 Carmel By the Sea.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Mission Ranch Hotel, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Lodge at Pebble Beach  (2 mentions)
Seven Gables Inn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Carmel By the Sea? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Carmel By the Sea?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Passionfish, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Katy's Place  (7 mentions)
Old Fisherman's Grotto  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Carmel By the Sea? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Carmel By the Sea?

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:

Monterey Bay Aquarium  (41 mentions)
Pebble Beach  (21 mentions)
Point Lobos  (9 mentions)
17-Mile Drive  (6 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 Carmel By the Sea. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Tandy from Miami asked:
Romantic restaurant and hotel in Carmel  (5 answers)

profile  Hayden from Cleveland asked:
Things to do that'll interest 17-year-old brother  (4 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Carmel By the Sea.




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 Carmel By the Sea to Washington, DC 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 Washington, DC to Carmel By the Sea. Or get a full Washington, DC to Carmel By the Sea 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 Washington, DC well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Washington, DC!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,995 miles
driving time of 44 hours, 49 minutes
179 Washington, DC travel answers
25 Roanoke travel answers
11 Franklin (Tennessee) travel answers
114 Memphis travel answers
39 Oklahoma City travel answers
30 Amarillo travel answers
96 Albuquerque travel answers
125 Phoenix travel answers
612 Los Angeles travel answers
69 Carmel By the Sea travel answers





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