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Cleveland to San Francisco drive

driving   /   6 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Cleveland to San Francisco road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Cleveland 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

11:00 am  start in Cleveland
drive for about 6 hours

4:58 pm  Museum of Science and Industry
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Museum of Science and Industry
drive for about 6 hours

4:06 pm  Des Moines
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours

 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Des Moines
drive for about 6 hours

3:02 pm  North Platte
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:02 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:30 pm  Cheyenne
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 9.5 hours

 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Cheyenne
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:18 pm  Salt Lake City
stay overnight at Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

 Day 5

11:00 am  leave from Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:17 pm  Elko
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

 Day 6

10:00 am  leave from Elko
drive for about 4 hours

2:08 pm  Reno
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:08 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

6:53 pm  arrive in San Francisco
eat at Ike's Place
stay at Top of the Mark

day 6 driving ≈ 8 hours

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Cleveland to San Francisco questions

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Best southern route  (0 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

Museum of Science and Industry  (34 mentions)

Des Moines  (21 answers)
    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?

North Platte  (3 answers)

Cheyenne  (14 answers)
    questions about Cheyenne:
        Driving from Kennesaw ga to Cheyenne wy
        What are some "must see" places in Cheyenne.

Salt Lake City  (84 answers)
    Temple Square  (8 mentions)
    Liberty Park  (5 mentions)
    Tracy Aviary  (3 mentions)
    Red Butte Garden & Arboretum  (2 mentions)
    The Beehive House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Salt Lake City:
        Red Iguana
        Maxwell's East Coast Eatery
        Pig and A Jelly Jar
    hotels around Salt Lake City:
        Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
        Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown
        The Grand America Hotel
        The Little America Hotel Salt Lake City
        Off-Broadway Studios
    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  (8 answers)

Reno  (38 answers)
    Truckee River  (2 mentions)
    Peppermill Resort Spa Casino  (2 mentions)
    questions about Reno:
        What's the best neighborhood in Reno for a first time visitor?
        Dog-friendly hotels in Reno?


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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,456 miles
driving time of 35 hours, 52 minutes
San Francisco is 3 hours behind Cleveland
69 Cleveland travel answers
21 Des Moines travel answers
3 North Platte travel answers
14 Cheyenne travel answers
84 Salt Lake City travel answers
8 Elko travel answers
38 Reno travel answers
630 San Francisco travel answers





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