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Baltimore to San Francisco via Seattle

driving   /   8 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Baltimore to San Francisco road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Baltimore 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

10:00 am  start in Baltimore
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:22 pm  Cleveland
stay overnight at The Cleveland Hostel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from The Cleveland Hostel
drive for about 5 hours

4:08 pm  Chicago
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from The James Chicago Hotel
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:37 pm  Minneapolis
stay overnight at Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America
drive for about 8 hours

6:08 pm  Theodore Roosevelt National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Theodore Roosevelt National Park
drive for about 4 hours

2:07 pm  Billings
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:07 pm
drive for about 5 hours

7:58 pm  Missoula
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 9 hours
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 Day 6

10:00 am  leave from Missoula
drive for about 7 hours

5:15 pm  Seattle
eat at Serious Pie
stay overnight at Ace Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 6 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 7

10:00 am  leave from Ace Hotel
drive for about 7 hours

5:11 pm  Ashland (Oregon)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 7 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 8

11:00 am  leave from Ashland (Oregon)
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:34 pm  arrive in San Francisco
stay at Top of the Mark

day 8 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Cleveland  (69 answers)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  (13 mentions)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art  (12 mentions)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  (6 mentions)
    West Side Market  (6 mentions)
    Great Lakes Brewing Company  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Cleveland:
        Lola
        Lolita
        The Greenhouse Tavern
        Melt Bar & Grilled
        L'Albatros
    hotels around Cleveland:
        The Cleveland Hostel
    questions about Cleveland:
        Good restaurants for business dinner?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Cleveland?
        New to the city, friend coming to visit: What should we do?
        What's the best neighborhood in Cleveland for a first time visitor?
        Fun things to do

Chicago  (311 answers)
    Millennium Park  (54 mentions)
    The Art Institute of Chicago  (48 mentions)
    Shedd Aquarium  (46 mentions)
    Willis Tower  (38 mentions)
    Lincoln Park Zoo  (35 mentions)
    restaurants around Chicago:
        Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
        Pequod's Pizza
        Girl & the Goat
        Big Star
        Au Cheval
    hotels around Chicago:
        The James Chicago Hotel
        Hotel Palomar Chicago
        Acme Hotel Company Chicago
        Virgin Hotels Chicago
        Thompson Chicago
    questions about Chicago:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
        Best Chicago pizza?
        What to do in one weekend in Chicago?
        airport transportation
        Chicago - Should we rent a car or no?

Minneapolis  (57 answers)
    Lake Calhoun  (23 mentions)
    Lake Harriet  (21 mentions)
    Lake Of The Isles  (17 mentions)
    Minnehaha Falls  (10 mentions)
    Minnehaha Park  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Minneapolis:
        The Bachelor Farmer
        112 Eatery
        Sea Salt Eatery
        Midtown Global Market
        Psycho Suzi's
    hotels around Minneapolis:
        Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America
    questions about Minneapolis:
        Is the Mall of America worth visiting?
        Best free things to do in Minneapolis?
        Fine dining in Minneapolis?
        What are the best lakes in and/or around Minneapolis?
        What are your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis?

Theodore Roosevelt National Park  (5 mentions)

Billings  (10 answers)

Missoula  (14 answers)
    restaurants around Missoula:
        Five on Black
    questions about Missoula:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Missoula?

Seattle  (270 answers)
    Pike Place Market  (113 mentions)
    Space Needle  (54 mentions)
    Experience Music Project  (25 mentions)
    Pioneer Square  (25 mentions)
    Kerry Park  (24 mentions)
    restaurants around Seattle:
        Serious Pie
        Cafe Campagne
        Piroshky Piroshky
        Original Starbucks
        Matt's in The Market
    hotels around Seattle:
        Ace Hotel
        Edgewater Hotel
        Inn at the Market
        Sorrento Hotel
        Hotel Five
    questions about Seattle:
        Is the Space Needle worth seeing?
        Best free things to do in Seattle?
        2-day solo trip to Seattle - What to do?
        Where are the most photogenic areas in Seattle?
        What are the best restaurants in Seattle?

Ashland (Oregon)  (29 answers)
    Ashland  (15 mentions)
    Oregon Shakespeare Festival  (3 mentions)
    Lithia Park  (2 mentions)
    questions about Ashland (Oregon):
        Best free things to do in Ashland (Oregon)?
        Spas in the Ashland area?


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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 3,580 miles
driving time of 53 hours, 7 minutes
54 Baltimore travel answers
69 Cleveland travel answers
311 Chicago travel answers
57 Minneapolis travel answers
10 Billings travel answers
14 Missoula travel answers
270 Seattle travel answers
29 Ashland (Oregon) travel answers
630 San Francisco travel answers





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