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Austin to San Francisco drive

driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Austin to San Francisco road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Austin to San Francisco. If you're planning a road trip to San Francisco, 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 Austin
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:43 pm  Caverns of Sonora
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:43 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:20 pm  Fort Stockton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:20 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

8:38 pm  El Paso
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from El Paso
drive for about 5 hours

3:01 pm  Sabino Canyon
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:01 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:14 pm  Phoenix
eat at Chelsea's Kitchen
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 4 hours

1:47 pm  Palm Desert
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:47 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:53 pm  Los Angeles
stay overnight at Shutters On the Beach
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Shutters On the Beach
drive for about 3 hours

1:08 pm  San Luis Obispo
stay for about 3 hours
and leave at 4:08 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:58 pm  arrive in San Francisco
eat at Ike's Place
stay at Top of the Mark

day 4 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Austin to San Francisco questions

profile  Kendal asked:
Dog friendly hotels/motels  (2 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

Caverns of Sonora  (3 mentions)

Fort Stockton  (5 answers)

El Paso  (38 answers)
    questions about El Paso:
        Best free things to do in El Paso?
        Must-see spots & fun things to do for 4 guys in their mid twenties?
        El Paso, TX

Sabino Canyon  (7 mentions)

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?

Palm Desert  (9 answers)
    The Living Desert  (4 mentions)
    El Paseo  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Palm Desert:
        Five Guys Burgers & Fries
        Cork & Fork
    questions about Palm Desert:
        What's the best neighborhood in Palm Desert for a first time visitor?

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

San Luis Obispo  (122 answers)
    Bishop Peak  (4 mentions)
    San Luis Obispo Mission  (3 mentions)
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo  (3 mentions)
    Edna Valley  (2 mentions)
    F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around San Luis Obispo:
        Firestone Grill
        Novo Restaurant & Lounge
        Bello Mundo
        Splash Cafe
        Avila Valley Barn
    questions about San Luis Obispo:
        Lodging
        Exploring SLO in March to scout moving there - what should I check out?
        What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?
        Where to stay outside of San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly graduation


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

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 Francisco.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in San Francisco to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Top of the Mark, which was mentioned 13 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Vitale  (8 mentions)
Cavallo Point  (4 mentions)

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




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

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Ike's Place, which was mentioned 23 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Swan Oyster Depot  (22 mentions)
Kokkari Estiatorio  (21 mentions)
Tartine bakery  (20 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in San Francisco?

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:

Golden Gate Bridge  (130 mentions)
Golden Gate Park  (112 mentions)
Alcatraz  (85 mentions)
Fisherman's Wharf  (82 mentions)
Union Square  (79 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 Francisco. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Jessica from asked:
Best seafood restaurant in S.F.?  (29 answers)

profile  Dina from Dallas asked:
What are the top 5 can't miss tourist attractions in S.F.?  (20 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?  (19 answers)

profile  Julie from Atlanta asked:
Best activities for kids  (19 answers)

profile  Kenneth from Portland asked:
Best views in San Francisco?  (17 answers)

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




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 Francisco to Austin 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 Austin to San Francisco. Or get a full Austin to San Francisco 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 Austin well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Austin!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,760 miles
driving time of 25 hours, 39 minutes
San Francisco is 2 hours behind Austin
178 Austin travel answers
5 Fort Stockton travel answers
38 El Paso travel answers
125 Phoenix travel answers
9 Palm Desert travel answers
612 Los Angeles travel answers
122 San Luis Obispo travel answers
630 San Francisco travel answers





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