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Zion National Park to San Diego drive in 1 day

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  Zion National Park
 Valley of Fire State Park
 Las Vegas
 Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas
 Worlds tallest thermometer!
 Barstow
 Mt Baldy
 Carlsbad (California)
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Zion National Park to San Diego road trip planner

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

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10:00 am  start at Zion National Park
drive for about 2 hours

9:57 am  Valley of Fire State Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:57 am
drive for about 1 hour

12:09 pm  Las Vegas
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 4:09 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

5:03 pm  Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:03 pm
drive for about 1 hour

7:07 pm  Worlds tallest thermometer!
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 8:07 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

9:28 pm  Barstow
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:28 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:53 pm  Mt Baldy
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:53 am (past midnight)
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:37 am (past midnight)  Carlsbad (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:37 am (past midnight)
drive for about 39 minutes

4:16 am (next morning)  arrive in San Diego
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

driving ≈ 10.5 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Zion National Park.

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?

Valley of Fire State Park  (11 mentions)

Las Vegas  (273 answers)
    Downtown Container Park  (15 mentions)
    Fremont Street Experience  (15 mentions)
    High Roller  (10 mentions)
    The Mob Museum  (8 mentions)
    Neon Museum  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Las Vegas:
        Giada
        Mon Ami Gabi
        Wicked Spoon
        Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
        Lotus of Siam
    hotels around Las Vegas:
        Bellagio Hotel
        MGM Grand Las Vegas
        Wynn Hotel Las Vegas
        Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
        The Cosmopolitan
    questions about Las Vegas:
        Best new restaurants in Vegas?
        What time of year is the best for scoring a cheap deals in Las Vegas
        Best tips and casinos for first time gambler?
        Is it better to stay on or off the Las Vegas strip?
        Top things to do in Las Vegas that don't include gambling?

Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas  (3 mentions)

Worlds tallest thermometer!

Barstow  (11 answers)
    restaurants around Barstow:
        Del Taco
    questions about Barstow:
        What's the best neighborhood in Barstow for a first time visitor?

Mt Baldy  (5 answers)
    Bridge to Nowhere  (2 mentions)
    questions about Mt Baldy:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Mt Baldy?

Carlsbad (California)  (29 answers)
    Legoland  (8 mentions)
    Self-Realization Fellowship  (6 mentions)
    Swami's Beach  (5 mentions)
    San Elijo Lagoon  (3 mentions)
    The Flower Fields  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Carlsbad (California):
        Swami's Cafe
        La Costa Resort & Spa
        Vivace
        PAON
        Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
    hotels around Carlsbad (California):
        Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
        Tamarack Beach Resort


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Diego, California.

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


Where's the best place to stay in San Diego?

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 San Diego.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Del Coronado, which was mentioned 28 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Glorietta Bay Inn  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in San Diego?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Prado at Balboa Park, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Hash House a-Go-Go  (10 mentions)
Extraordinary Desserts  (6 mentions)
Juniper & Ivy  (5 mentions)
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery  (5 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in San Diego?

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:

Balboa Park  (40 mentions)
San Diego Zoo  (25 mentions)
Mission Beach  (25 mentions)
Old Town San Diego  (16 mentions)
Ocean Beach  (16 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 San Diego. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

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Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to San Diego.




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 San Diego to Zion National Park 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 Zion National Park to San Diego. Or get a full Zion National Park to San Diego 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 Zion National Park well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Zion National Park!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 489 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 24 minutes
San Diego is 1 hour behind Zion National Park
73 Zion National Park travel answers
273 Las Vegas travel answers
11 Barstow travel answers
5 Mt Baldy travel answers
29 Carlsbad (California) travel answers
222 San Diego travel answers





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