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Nashville to San Francisco via Arizona

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  Nashville
 Memphis
 Oklahoma City
 Amarillo
 Albuquerque
 Arizona
 Palm Springs
driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Nashville to San Francisco road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Nashville to San Francisco. If you're planning a road trip to San Francisco, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Nashville and Arizona. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Nashville and Arizona. 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 Nashville
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:18 pm  Memphis
stay overnight at Peabody Hotel
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Peabody Hotel
drive for about 7 hours

4:02 pm  Oklahoma City
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:02 pm
drive for about 4 hours

9:01 pm  Amarillo
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 11 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Amarillo
drive for about 4 hours

3:07 pm  Albuquerque
stay overnight at Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 4

8:00 am  leave from Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
drive for about 6.5 hours

2:34 pm  Arizona
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:34 pm
drive for about 6 hours

9:32 pm  Palm Springs
stay overnight at The Parker, Palm Springs
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 12.5 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from The Parker, Palm Springs
drive for about 7.5 hours

5:43 pm  arrive in San Francisco
eat at Ike's Place
stay at Top of the Mark

day 5 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Memphis  (112 answers)
    Beale Street  (9 mentions)
    Graceland  (9 mentions)
    National Civil Rights Museum  (8 mentions)
    Memphis Zoo  (7 mentions)
    Mud Island  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Memphis:
        Central BBQ
        Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
        Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
        Payne's Bar-B-Q
        Cozy Corner Restaurant
    hotels around Memphis:
        Peabody Hotel
    questions about Memphis:
        What's the best neighborhood in Memphis for a first time visitor?
        What are the musts of Memphis, y'all?
        Must sees in Memphis TN?? Hidden gems places to eat??
        Best blues clubs in Memphis?
        Good Food and Fun With Kids

Oklahoma City  (39 answers)
    Boathouse District  (4 mentions)
    Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum  (3 mentions)
    AT&T Bricktown Ballpark  (2 mentions)
    Science Museum Oklahoma  (2 mentions)
    Stockyards City Main Street  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Oklahoma City:
        Kitchen No. 324
        Big Truck Tacos
        Waffle Champion
        Cheever's Cafe
        Museum Cafe
    questions about Oklahoma City:
        Breakfast Restaurant in OKC
        What sort of hands-on things can I experience in OKC?
        What's the best neighborhood in Oklahoma City for a first time visitor?

Amarillo  (30 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE
        Hotels

Albuquerque  (94 answers)
    Old Town Albuquerque  (3 mentions)
    New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science  (2 mentions)
    Explora!  (2 mentions)
    Nob Hill  (2 mentions)
    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Albuquerque:
        Frontier Restaurant
        Standard Diner
        Frontier Restaurant
    hotels around Albuquerque:
        Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center
    questions about Albuquerque:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Temporary home!
        Where to stay

Arizona  (49 mentions)
    questions about Arizona:
        Family Trip to Arizona: Grand Canyon and What Else?
        Looking for resort for 50th birthday
        Is it possible to hike Havasupai Falls without having to camp overnight?
        Best place to stay

Palm Springs  (54 answers)
    Palm Springs Art Museum  (4 mentions)
    Indian Canyons  (4 mentions)
    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  (3 mentions)
    Trina Turk  (3 mentions)
    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Palm Springs:
        Cheeky's
        Trio Restaurant
        Jake's
        Workshop Kitchen + Bar
        Bar
        Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs
    hotels around Palm Springs:
        The Parker, Palm Springs
        The Saguaro Palm Springs, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
        Viceroy Palm Springs
        Ace Hotel
    questions about Palm Springs:
        Best hotel pools in Palm Springs?
        Cheap eats/activities
        Quick weekend gataway this winter
        What to do in palm springs in November?
        Moderately priced restaurants


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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,414 miles
driving time of 37 hours, 19 minutes
185 Nashville travel answers
112 Memphis travel answers
39 Oklahoma City travel answers
30 Amarillo travel answers
94 Albuquerque travel answers
54 Palm Springs travel answers
629 San Francisco travel answers





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