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Chicago to San Francisco drive in an RV

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 Des Moines
 North Platte
 Rock Springs
 Salt Lake City
 Lake Tahoe
2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   RV


RV campgrounds from Chicago to San Francisco

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Here's a sample itinerary for a camping drive from Chicago to San Francisco in your RV. If you're planning a road trip to San Francisco, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best RV parks, campgrounds, hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members and AllStays. Scroll down to see all the RV campgrounds along the way.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 5 hours

3:15 pm  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:15 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:23 pm  Omaha
stay overnight at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
drive for about 4 hours

2:00 pm  North Platte
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:00 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

6:28 pm  Cheyenne
eat at Shadows Pub & Grill
stay overnight at Central Plaza Hotel Cheyenne
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Central Plaza Hotel Cheyenne
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:39 pm  Rock Springs
stay overnight at Motel 6 Rock Springs
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Motel 6 Rock Springs
drive for about 3 hours

12:48 pm  Salt Lake City
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 2:18 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:35 pm  Elko
stay overnight at Super 8 Elko
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 5

9:00 am  leave from Super 8 Elko
drive for about 5.5 hours

2:20 pm  Lake Tahoe
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:20 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:28 pm  arrive in San Francisco
eat at Basso's Restaurant

day 5 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Chicago to San Francisco.

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Chicago, Illinois.

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.

What are RV campgrounds along the way?

Des Moines  (18 answers)
    Iowa State Fairgrounds  (1 mention)
    Griffs Valley View RV  (1 mention)
    Adventureland Campground  (1 mention)
    Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino  (1 mention)
    Yellow Banks County Park  (1 mention)
    Bob Shetler  (1 mention)
    Walnut Woods State Park  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Des Moines:
        9th Street Deli & Catering
        Ritual Cafe
        Exile Brewing Co
    questions about Des Moines:
        What's the best neighborhood in Des Moines for a first time visitor?
        Any good hiking spots in or near Des Moines?

Omaha  (17 answers)
    Walnut Creek Lake Recreation Area  (1 mention)
    Glenn Cunningham Lake  (1 mention)
    Ameristar Casino  (1 mention)
    Bluffs Run RV Park at Horseshoe Casino  (1 mention)
    hotels around Omaha:
        DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
        Econo Lodge West Dodge
        Holiday Inn Express Omaha West - 90th Street
        Super 8 Omaha NE
        Baymont Inn and Suites Omaha, NE
        Staybridge Suites Omaha 80th and Dodge
        Premiere Suites of Omaha
        Omaha Travelodge
        Comfort Inn & Suites Omaha
        Studioplus Deluxe West Omaha
    questions about Omaha:
        Best free things to do in Omaha?
        Dog friendly hotels

North Platte  (2 answers)
    Holiday RV Park and Campground  (1 mention)
    I-80 Lakeside Campground  (1 mention)
    Cody City Park - North Platte  (1 mention)
    Cody Park  (1 mention)
    A-1 Sunset Mobile & RV Park  (1 mention)
    Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area  (1 mention)
    Maloney Reservoir State Recreation Area  (1 mention)
    Frontier Resort  (1 mention)
    restaurants around North Platte:
        SONIC Drive-In

Cheyenne  (13 answers)
    Hide A Way RV Park  (1 mention)
    AB Campground RV Park  (1 mention)
    FE Warren AFB Crow  (1 mention)
    Greenway Trailer Park  (1 mention)
    Restway Travel Park  (1 mention)
    KOA Campground Cheyenne  (1 mention)
    Last Chance Camp  (1 mention)
    T Joes RV Park  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Cheyenne:
        Shadows Pub & Grill
        Chipotle Mexican Grill
    hotels around Cheyenne:
        Central Plaza Hotel Cheyenne
        Nagle Warren Mansion Bed and Breakfast
        The Historic Plains Hotel
        Hitching Post Inn Cheyenne
        Super 8 Cheyenne
        Oak Tree Inn Cheyenne
        Holiday Inn Cheyenne/I-80
    questions about Cheyenne:
        Driving from Kennesaw ga to Cheyenne wy
        What are some "must see" places in Cheyenne.

Rock Springs  (2 answers)
    High Desert Storage RV Park  (1 mention)
    KOA Campground Rock Springs  (1 mention)
    Sweetwater Fairgrounds  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Rock Springs:
        SONIC Drive-In
    hotels around Rock Springs:
        Motel 6 Rock Springs
        La Quinta Inn Rock Springs
        Days Inn Rock Springs
        Hampton Inn Rock Springs
        Quality Inn Rock Springs
        Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rock Springs Green River
        Holiday Inn Rock Springs
        Econo Lodge Rock Springs

Salt Lake City  (63 answers)
    KOA Campground Salt Lake City  (1 mention)
    Pony Express RV Resort  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Salt Lake City:
        Uinta Brewing
    questions about Salt Lake City:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City?
        What's the best, cant-miss meal in Salt Lake City?
        Centrally-Located Hotels in Salt Lake City?
        Winter time activities in Salt Lake City
        Places to bar hop and night life in SLC?

Elko  (5 answers)
    Gold Country RV Park  (1 mention)
    Iron Horse RV Resort  (1 mention)
    Double Dice RV Park  (1 mention)
    Valley View RV Park  (1 mention)
    hotels around Elko:
        Super 8 Elko
        Travelodge Elko
        BEST WESTERN Elko Inn
        TownePlace Suites Elko
        Americas Best Value Gold Country Inn & Casino
        Red Lion Hotel & Casino
        High Desert Inn
        Motel 6 Elko
        Quality Inn & Suites Elko
        Iron Horse RV Resort

Lake Tahoe  (41 answers)
    Campground by the Lake  (1 mention)
    Tahoe Valley Campground  (1 mention)
    Chris Haven RV Community  (1 mention)
    Hard Rock Casino - RVs NOT welcome now  (1 mention)
    Historic Camp Richardson Resort  (1 mention)
    Nevada Beach Campground  (1 mention)
    Fallen Leaf Campground  (1 mention)
    Sno-Park Taylor Creek Parking  (1 mention)
    Camp Shelly  (1 mention)
    Zephyr Cove Resort  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Lake Tahoe:
        Sno-Flake Drive In
        Rude Brothers Bakery & Coffee House
        Sprouts Health Foods
        Sprouts Cafe
        Izzy's Burger Spa
        Shoreline Cafe
    questions about Lake Tahoe:
        Non-snow-related things to do in Lake Tahoe
        Looking for breweries, hikes and restaurants around Lake Tahoe.
        Best part of Lake Tahoe to stay
        Hotel, inns, or cabin rental recommendations in Lake Tahoe?
        What to see, eat, and do in Lake Tahoe?

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Francisco, California.

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

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

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

GoPetFriendly suggests Basso's Restaurant.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Noe's Bar  (1 mention)
Muddy's Coffee House  (1 mention)
Big Mouth Burgers  (1 mention)
Phat Philly  (1 mention)
Beretta  (1 mention)
Chloe's Cafe  (1 mention)

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.

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

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

profile  harmony from Marina Del Rey asked:
Any restaurant recommendations greatly appreciated for a girls trip  (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 Chicago drive in an RV, 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 Chicago to San Francisco. Or get a full Chicago 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 Chicago well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Chicago!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,127 miles
driving time of 31 hours, 6 minutes
San Francisco is 2 hours behind Chicago
278 Chicago travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
17 Omaha travel answers
2 North Platte travel answers
13 Cheyenne travel answers
2 Rock Springs travel answers
63 Salt Lake City travel answers
5 Elko travel answers
41 Lake Tahoe travel answers
606 San Francisco travel answers


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