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Grand Rapids to Tampa drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days



Grand Rapids to Tampa road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Grand Rapids to Tampa. If you're planning a road trip to Tampa, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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Day 1, 10:00 am:  start in Grand Rapids
drive for about 2 hours

Day 1, 12:06 pm:  Mishawaka
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:06 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 1, 3:42 pm:  Indianapolis
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:42 pm
drive for about 2 hours

Day 1, 6:33 pm:  Louisville
eat at Seviche, A Latin Restaurant
stay overnight at 21C Museum Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Day 2, 10:00 am:  leave from 21C Museum Hotel
drive for about 3 hours

Day 2, 1:05 pm:  Gaylord Opryland Resort
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:05 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 2, 4:25 pm:  Chattanooga
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:25 pm
drive for about 2 hours

Day 2, 7:11 pm:  Atlanta
stay overnight at W Atlanta - Midtown
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Day 3, 10:00 am:  leave from W Atlanta - Midtown
drive for about 3.5 hours

Day 3, 1:16 pm:  Valdosta
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:16 pm
drive for about 2 hours

Day 3, 4:31 pm:  Silver Springs
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:31 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

Day 3, 7:14 pm:  arrive in Tampa
eat at Ulele
stay at Columbia Restaurant

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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.




Where should I stop along the way?

Mishawaka
Indianapolis  (23 answers)
    Indianapolis Museum of Art  (4 mentions)
    Indianapolis Zoo  (2 mentions)
    questions about Indianapolis:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis?
        Awesome food trucks?
        Best free things to do in Indianapolis?
        Your Favorite Holiday Events in Indianapolis
Louisville  (35 answers)
    Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory  (3 mentions)
    Churchill Downs  (2 mentions)
    Muhammad Ali Center  (2 mentions)
    Fourth Street Live!  (2 mentions)
    Louisville Slugger Field  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Louisville:
        Seviche, A Latin Restaurant
        Basa Restaurant
        Milkwood Restaurant
        Jeff Ruby's Louisville
        Hyatt Regency Louisville
    hotels around Louisville:
        21C Museum Hotel
        The Galt House Hotel And Suites
        The Brown Hotel
    questions about Louisville:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?
        Any cool things to do/places to eat in Louisville?
        Want to spend our money on Bourbon, not hotels
        What's the best neighborhood in Louisville for a first time visitor?
        Hotels to stay at during the Kentucky Derby?
Gaylord Opryland Resort  (12 mentions)
Chattanooga  (22 answers)
    Ruby Falls  (5 mentions)
    Rock City  (3 mentions)
    Tennessee Aquarium  (2 mentions)
    Creative Discovery Museum  (2 mentions)
    Lookout Mountain  (2 mentions)
    questions about Chattanooga:
        Activities in Chattanooga for families with active kids
        Is April 2015 a good month to visit Chattanooga?
Atlanta  (102 answers)
    Georgia Aquarium  (29 mentions)
    World of Coca-Cola  (20 mentions)
    Piedmont Park  (16 mentions)
    Midtown Atlanta  (14 mentions)
    High Museum of Art  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Atlanta:
        The Varsity
        Mary Mac's Tea Room
        Antico Pizza Napoletana
        Empire State South
        JCT Kitchen & Bar
    hotels around Atlanta:
        W Atlanta - Midtown
        The Westin Peachtree Plaza
        Artmore Hotel
        Glenn Hotel, Autograph Collection
        The Highland Inn
    questions about Atlanta:
        Great, reasonable places to eat.
        Good Restaurants Unique to Atlanta?
        Tourist spots worth seeing in Atlanta?
        Authentic Southern Food!
        Best family activities in Atlanta?
Valdosta  (3 answers)
Silver Springs  (2 answers)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Tampa, Florida.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Tampa?

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 Tampa.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Columbia Restaurant, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

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






Where's the best place to eat in Tampa?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Ulele, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Piquant Hyde Park  (3 mentions)
Oxford Exchange  (2 mentions)
Bern's Steak House  (2 mentions)
Ava  (2 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in Tampa?

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:

Busch Gardens Tampa  (5 mentions)
Bayshore Blvd  (4 mentions)
Tampa Riverwalk  (4 mentions)
South Howard Ave  (3 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 Tampa. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Catherine Recinos from Chapel Hill asked:
Best new restaurants in Tampa?  (7 answers)

 Jennifer Nguyen from Culver City asked:
Popular areas in Tampa for shopping?  (7 answers)

 Avery Zimmer from Berkeley asked:
Beaches around Tampa  (5 answers)

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Tampa?  (5 answers)

 Katie MCarthy from Columbus asked:
Weekend ideas for a first timer in Tampa  (5 answers)

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






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 Tampa to Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids to Tampa. Or get a full Grand Rapids to Tampa 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 Grand Rapids well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Grand Rapids!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,283 miles
driving time of 19 hours, 55 minutes
Tampa is the same time as Grand Rapids
9 Grand Rapids travel answers
1 Mishawaka travel answer
23 Indianapolis travel answers
35 Louisville travel answers
22 Chattanooga travel answers
102 Atlanta travel answers
3 Valdosta travel answers
2 Silver Springs travel answers
54 Tampa travel answers





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