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Road trip from Las Vegas to Miami

Published by Dianne Titos on January 24 2024

An epic cross-country road trip, this drive from Las Vegas to Miami ticks all the boxes for adventurers looking to visit amazing national parks, and charming cities famous for their music, culture, and delicious cuisine. From neon-lit Sin City to beach-paradise Miami, every mile of this road trip will be unforgettable.

The 2,765-mile road trip from Las Vegas to Miami will take about 40 hours to drive. Highlights are Phoenix, El Paso, San Antonio, Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Fort Myers, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, St Augustine and Orlando.

This road trip will take you through the heart of the USA, between its two most fun-loving cities. Read on below to learn more about our recommended routes, top highlights, best places to stop, and the best seasons to travel.

How to drive from Las Vegas to Miami

The map below shows two great route options for your road trip from Las Vegas to Miami. Click on the star icons for headline details, and scroll down for much more information below.

* Always remember that drive times can be impacted by traffic, closures, weather and other conditions. It's best to double-check while planning and before starting out on your trip.

Comparison of road trip routes between Las Vegas and Miami
RouteDistanceDriving Time
San Antonio Route2,765 miles40 hours
Grand Canyon Route2,755 miles41 hours

How far is Miami from Las Vegas, and how long will the road trip take?

Driving directly from Las Vegas to Miami will take 37 hours to complete 2,530 miles on the road without making any detours.

If you are looking for an option that's more scenic, San Antonio Route is a wonderful journey that spans approximately 2,765 miles and takes around 40 hours to drive.

Alternatively, the Grand Canyon Route on a road trip from Las Vegas to Miami covers a similar distance of 2,755 miles and requires about 41 hours of driving.

While you can drive both routes in a few days, you'll want to take a more leisurely pace of 10-14 days. This way, you'll have plenty of time and energy to enjoy all the sights and experiences along the way.

Beautiful Crandon Park Beach in Miami. Florida.
Whether you are after beaches or colorful nightlife, Miami's got something for everyone.
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Best road trip route from Las Vegas to Miami

While both the San Antonio and Grand Canyon Routes on a drive from Las Vegas to Miami offer a diverse array of landscapes and cities, each one is quite different.

The San Antonio Route takes you through the arid, desert-like terrain of Arizona, transitioning into the lush greenery of Texas' national forests. You'll also pass through exciting cities and plenty of cultural landmarks.

The route then takes into the deep south, showcasing the lakes and bayous of Louisiana and the cultural vibrancy of New Orleans, the heart of Mardi Gras. This route then skirts along the Gulf Coast, offering a chance to experience the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico before reaching Miami.

The Grand Canyon Route offers more natural landscapes and national parks. A highlight is the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon, where adventurers can opt for a helicopter ride or hike along its famous trails.

The route continues to Dallas, known for its dramatic skyline and towering buildings, before passing through stunning national forests. You'll follow the Atlantic Highway south and enjoy the serene beaches along the way.

The route also allows for memorable stops at world-famous attractions like Disneyworld in Orlando or a swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove.

San Antonio Route

Begin your journey on US-93 South towards Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix, explore the rich culture and history at the Heard Museum before taking I-10 East towards El Paso, Texas. Here, you can step back in time at the Shakespeare Ghost Town and the El Paso Mission Trail.

Continue on the interstate to San Antonio, Texas, where the historic Alamo awaits. Next east to Houston.

The route then leads you into Louisiana, where you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the swamp tours and visit the Houmas House Plantation just before you reach New Orleans.

Further on, don't miss exploring the historic French Quarter in New Orleans, a hub of music, food, and culture. Next, head towards Mobile, Alabama, on I-10, where you can stop at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.

The journey continues towards Tampa before proceeding into Fort Myers and then Naples, where you can visit the beautiful Naples Botanical Garden.

Finally, as you approach Miami on I-75, you'll pass through Big Cypress National Preserve before reaching your exciting destination.

The San Antonio Riverwalk by day with green plants fringing the river
San Antonio is a buzzing city famous for its River Walk and historical buildings like the Alamo.

Grand Canyon Route

Begin your adventure by heading towards one of the world's most iconic natural wonders, the Grand Canyon via I-40. From here, continue east on I-40 to Flagstaff, Arizona, where you can explore the stars at Lowell Observatory.

From Flagstaff, follow I-40 east to Albuquerque, New Mexico. En route, stop at the Petrified Forest National Park. In Albuquerque, don't miss the ABQ BioPark.

Head north to Santa Fe, where the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum awaits art enthusiasts. Afterward, keep driving on I-40 and then on US-287 to reach Dallas, Texas. Here, the Reunion Tower offers panoramic views of the city.

Continue east to Jackson, Mississippi and then head towards Mobile, Alabama. Merge onto I-10 and continue on to Jacksonville, Florida. Then, head south on I-95 and stop at St Augustine.

Continue driving south to Daytona Beach, home to the Daytona International Speedway, then take a detour to Orlando. Here, you can spend some time at Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando.

The final stretch to Miami includes a scenic drive along Florida's east coast, with a stop at Hollywood Beach in Hollywood City, before arriving in the vibrant city of Miami.

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA valley view at dusk.
If you are like us and find yourself adding Grand Canyon National Park on each of your road trips, then this route is the one for you!
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Best places to stop between Las Vegas and Miami

With so much to see and do on the Las Vegas to Miami road trip, you're going to want to stop in one of the exciting destinations below. This way, you'll be able to rest up and have time and energy to explore the amazing regions along the way.

Dance the night away in New Orleans

New Orleans, a city rich in culture and history, is an ideal stopover on the San Antonio Route, approximately 27 hours into the journey. A melting pot of cultures, New Orleans will surely leave an impression with its unique heritage, lively music, and famous nightlife.

The city's eclectic mix of Creole and Cajun cuisine, distinctive dialects, and colonial architecture add to its charm. It's most famous for its annual celebrations, especially Mardi Gras, where millions of people come to celebrate.

Mural of historical jazz players on the side of a building in downtown
New Orleans has a rich legacy of music, and many famous musicians have threaded the city's streets.
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Two must-visit attractions in New Orleans are the National WWII Museum, showcasing powerful wartime narratives, and the iconic St Louis Cathedral, a masterpiece of French colonial architecture.

For your stay, we recommend the luxurious Maison de la Luz, located in the Central Business District, a mere five-minute walk from the French Quarter. This stylish boutique hotel, set in a building from 1906, welcomes guests with a grand oak staircase and beautiful interiors.

The hotel features a cozy speakeasy for evening relaxation and cocktails. The rooms have a Southern charm, combining high ceilings, contemporary design, and modern amenities.

While staying at Maison de la Luz, don't miss the opportunity to visit the nearby National WWII Museum and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, both just less than a mile away.

Enjoy New Mexican charm in Santa Fe

Santa Fe is an incredible stopover on the Grand Canyon Route, roughly 11 hours and 35 minutes into the journey. As America's oldest state capital city, Santa Fe has over 400 years of rich cultural fusion, where Spanish, American, and Native American cultures collide.

Known for its artistic soul, Santa Fe is a haven for art lovers, celebrated for its numerous galleries and installations, especially along Canyon Road. It's part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, highlighting its significant contribution to the arts.

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a wolf statue in the foreground
For an experience you cannot have elsewhere, we highly recommend visiting the quirky Meow Wolf Santa Fe.
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Our favorite places to visit in Santa Fe are Meow Wolf Santa Fe, an immersive art experience, and the Cathedral Basilica of St Francis Assisi, a landmark of historical and architectural significance.

For your stay in Santa Fe, there is no better place than the beautiful Inn on the Alameda, perfectly situated between the historic Plaza and the art-rich galleries of Canyon Road.

This cozy inn is an ideal downtown lodging location, offering a unique blend of history, romance, and old Southwestern charm in each room and suite. Some rooms even feature a patio or balcony for an enhanced experience.

You can enjoy a lavish, hot breakfast each morning and unwind at Joe's Tequila Bar in the evening, which offers a full selection of wines, beers, and spirits.

Within walking distance from the Inn on the Alameda, visit the Loretto Chapel, just a short walk away Also, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, only 1 mile from the inn, showcases the works of one of America's most significant artists.

Where to stay when you reach Miami

Miami, a city famous for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and iconic skyline, is like nowhere else on earth. You'll find endless activities and fun places to visit within this tropical city.

Don't miss a visit to the Art Deco Historic District, showcasing Miami's architectural heritage. Another not-to-miss experience is exploring the flavors and sounds of Little Havana, one of Miami's most popular cultural sights.

Colorful chicken statue with a sign that reads "Little Havana", on a sunny day in Calle Ocho district
Miami is famous for its diverse neighborhoods and you can visit Calle Ocho in Little Havana for colorful artwork, vibrant culture and, of course, delicious food!
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Miami is the “Cruise Capital of the World,” thanks to the numerous cruise lines gracing its waters. You'll quickly see why once you visit its famous beaches.

When in Miami, our favorite place to stay is Mayfair House Hotel & Garden. At the hotel. you can enjoy the rooftop pool, bar, and lounge, providing stunning views and a perfect spot to relax. The hotel also boasts on-site gourmet dining without having to leave the comfort of your stay.

The Mayfair House is just a short drive from all of Miami's top sights. You're only 20 minutes from South Beach and 5 minutes from the historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Things to see on a road trip from Las Vegas to Miami

The drive between Las Vegas and Miami is full of incredible sights, adventures, and surprises. To help you plan your perfect journey, we've included our top highlights below.

San Antonio Route

  1. Heard Museum - This museum showcases American Indian art and culture, offering a deep insight into the diverse tribes of the region through exhibits, performances, and educational programs.
  2. Shakespeare Ghost Town - A historical gem in New Mexico, this preserved ghost town offers a unique glimpse into the life of the Old West, complete with original structures and guided tours.
  3. El Paso Mission Trail - This trail features three historic missions dating back to the 17th century, offering a journey through El Paso's rich Spanish colonial past.
  4. Clark Hotel Museum - Located in Van Horn, Texas, this museum preserves the local history with artifacts and exhibits in the historic Clark Hotel, showcasing the area's ranching and railroad heritage.
  5. The Alamo - A symbol of Texas independence, this historic site in San Antonio provides an immersive experience into the 1836 battle, complete with artifacts and interactive exhibits.
  6. Houston Zoo - Home to over 6,000 animals from around the globe, this zoo in Hermann Park offers educational exhibits, conservation programs, and engaging experiences for all ages.
  7. Louisiana Swamp Tours - These tours offer an adventurous journey into Louisiana's bayous and swamps, showcasing the region's unique ecosystems and wildlife.
  8. Houmas House Plantation - This grand plantation near Baton Rouge offers a glimpse into the antebellum South with beautiful gardens, historic architecture, and guided tours of the estate.
  9. French Quarter, New Orleans - Known for its vibrant nightlife, historic architecture, and rich cultural heritage, the French Quarter is the heart of New Orleans, offering an unforgettable experience.
  10. INFINITY Science Center - This interactive science center near Stennis Space Center provides hands-on exhibits, space and Earth science displays, and educational programs for all ages.
  11. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park - This park in Mobile, Alabama, features the historic USS Alabama battleship, a World War II-era submarine, and aircraft, offering a rich military history experience.
  12. Florida Cavern State Park - Located in Marianna, this park offers guided tours of stunning underground caverns, hiking trails, and camping facilities in a serene natural setting.
  13. Fort Myers Beach - Known for its sandy beaches and clear waters, this beach in Florida is a popular destination for relaxation, water sports, and enjoying the Gulf Coast scenery.
  14. Naples Botanical Garden - This 170-acre garden in Naples, Florida, showcases a variety of plant species in beautifully themed gardens, offering a peaceful retreat and educational programs.
  15. East Las Olas Boulevard - This trendy street is lined with boutique shops, art galleries, and fine dining, reflecting Fort Lauderdale's upscale and vibrant culture.
Two ring-tailed lemurs sitting on a branch and looking away
Houston has many amazing places to visit and explore but one of our favorites is Houston Zoo, where you can see adorable ring-tailed lemurs in person!
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Grand Canyon Route

  1. Flintstones Bedrock City - This unique theme park near the Grand Canyon offers a nostalgic and fun-filled experience with its Flintstones-themed attractions and structures.
  2. Mather Point, Grand Canyon - One of the most popular viewpoints at the Grand Canyon, Mather Point offers stunning panoramic views of the canyon's vast and colorful landscape.
  3. Lowell Observatory - This historic observatory is famous for discovering Pluto and offers educational programs, telescope viewing, and exhibits on astronomy and the universe.
  4. Puerco Pueblo, Petrified Forest National Park - This ancient archeological site within the Petrified Forest National Park showcases the remains of a 100-room pueblo, offering insights into the lives of its ancient inhabitants.
  5. ABQ BioPark - This environmental museum in Albuquerque features a zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, and Tingley Beach, offering diverse experiences with wildlife and nature.
  6. El Rancho de las Golondrinas - A living history museum near Santa Fe, it recreates Spanish colonial life with historic buildings, demonstrations, and seasonal festivals.
  7. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum - Dedicated to the life and work of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe, this museum in Santa Fe showcases her iconic paintings of New Mexico and beyond.
  8. Route 66 Auto Museum - This museum celebrates the history of Route 66 with a collection of vintage cars, memorabilia, and Americana associated with the iconic highway.
  9. Amarillo Botanical Gardens - Located in Amarillo, Texas, these gardens feature a diverse array of plants and flowers, offering a serene environment for relaxation and education.
  10. Reunion Tower - An iconic part of the Dallas skyline, this tower offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city from its observation deck and revolving restaurant.
  11. St George's Street, St Augustine - A historic street in the heart of St. Augustine, Florida, lined with charming shops, restaurants, and landmarks dating back to the Spanish colonial era.
  12. Daytona International Speedway - A world-renowned racetrack in Daytona Beach, known for hosting the Daytona 500 and other major motorsport events.
  13. Titanic - The Artifact Exhibition - This exhibition in Orlando offers an immersive experience with artifacts, recreations, and stories from the Titanic, providing a historical journey.
  14. Hollywood Beach - A beautiful beach in Hollywood, Florida, known for its famous Boardwalk, sandy shores, and vibrant atmosphere, perfect for a day of relaxation and fun.
Famous observatory's facade and white dome, framed by trees, on a sunny day witha few clouds
Did you know that Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto at the Lowell Observatory? Head here to learn more about the fascinating stars and planets above!

Best time to go on a road trip from Las Vegas to Miami

Miami is a year-round destination like nowhere else. With its non-stop nightlife, gorgeous beaches, and rich culture, you'll have the time of your life any time of the year.

Remember to adjust your watch as you cross several different time zones. In the summer, both routes can be quite hot, especially through Arizona, so stay hydrated and keep your vehicle's fuel tank full.

Events like the Amarillo Route 66 Celebration in June and the popular Fourth of July celebrations along both routes make driving in summer worth it. During this time, you can expect Miami temperatures to be around 77 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fall is a pleasant time of year to make the journey, with milder temperatures along the way. Miami enjoys a warm fall with temperatures often in the 70s and 80s, ideal for exploring the city. Don't miss the State Fair of Texas from September to October for a unique experience on the way.

Winter travel can be tricky with snow and ice, especially near the Grand Canyon, where the North Rim closes during the winter months but the South Rim usually remains open. However, once you reach Miami, you will enjoy mild temperatures around 60-75 degrees.

If you're up for a lively experience, plan your trip around New Orleans Mardi Gras in February or March. In Miami, Art Deco Weekend in January showcases the city's iconic architecture and is fun for the whole family.

Spring is another wonderful time for the drive. Temperatures are mild and the weather along both routes is usually clear with 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit waiting for you at your destination.

There are also plenty of spring festivals to enjoy. Don't miss the Fiesta San Antonio in April, an event full of vibrant cultural celebrations. Also in April, the Miami Film Festival is a must-see event for any movie lover.