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Washington, DC to Palm Springs drive

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  Washington, DC
 Roanoke
 Nashville
 Memphis
 Oklahoma City
 Amarillo
 Albuquerque
 Phoenix
   Palm Springs 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   6 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Washington, DC to Palm Springs road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Washington, DC
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:34 pm  Roanoke
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 2

8:00 am  leave from Roanoke
drive for about 7 hours

3:02 pm  Nashville
stay for about 3.5 hours
and leave at 6:32 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

9:50 pm  Memphis
stay overnight at Peabody Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 10.5 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 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
drive for about 4 hours

2:58 pm  Amarillo
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 5

9:00 am  leave from Amarillo
drive for about 4 hours

1:07 pm  Albuquerque
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 3:07 pm
drive for about 6.5 hours

9:32 pm  Phoenix
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 10.5 hours
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 Day 6

11:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 5 hours

4:07 pm  arrive in Palm Springs
stay at Cheeky's

day 6 driving ≈ 5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Washington, District of Columbia.

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.


Where should I stop along the way?

Roanoke  (17 answers)
    questions about Roanoke:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Roanoke?

Nashville  (157 answers)
    Grand Ole Opry  (8 mentions)
    Country Music Hall of Fame  (6 mentions)
    Ryman Auditorium  (6 mentions)
    Centennial Park  (6 mentions)
    The Parthenon  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Nashville:
        Bluebird Cafe
        Opryland Hotel
        Pancake Pantry
        Hattie B's Hot Chicken - 19th Ave
        Peg Leg Porker BBQ
    questions about Nashville:
        Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?
        Top of the line hotels in Nashville?
        What are some must sees in Nashville during the weekend
        Best Location to Stay
        Hotel by Airport

Memphis  (96 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?
        Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??
        Best blues clubs in Memphis?
        What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?
        Good Food and Fun With Kids

Oklahoma City  (25 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  (25 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE

Albuquerque  (89 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!
        The High Road tour

Phoenix  (114 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?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Palm Springs, California.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.


Where's the best place to stay in Palm Springs?

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 Palm Springs.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Cheeky's, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Viceroy Palm Springs  (4 mentions)
Ace Hotel  (4 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Palm Springs?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Trio Restaurant, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Jake's  (3 mentions)
Workshop Kitchen + Bar  (3 mentions)
Bar  (3 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Palm Springs?

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:

Indian Canyons  (4 mentions)
Trina Turk  (3 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 Palm Springs. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Jillian from Los Angeles asked:
Best hotel pools in Palm Springs?  (7 answers)

profile  Bailey from Los Angeles asked:
Cheap eats/activities  (4 answers)

profile  Nalin from Cypress asked:
Quick weekend gataway this winter  (3 answers)

profile  Claire from San Diego asked:
Mid-range hotels  (2 answers)

profile  miss from Los Angeles asked:
What to do in palm springs in November?  (2 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Palm Springs.




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 Palm Springs 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 Palm Springs. Or get a full Washington, DC to Palm Springs 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 2,592 miles
driving time of 38 hours, 48 minutes
Palm Springs is 3 hours behind Washington, DC
168 Washington, DC travel answers
17 Roanoke travel answers
157 Nashville travel answers
96 Memphis travel answers
25 Oklahoma City travel answers
25 Amarillo travel answers
89 Albuquerque travel answers
114 Phoenix travel answers
47 Palm Springs travel answers





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