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Nashville to San Francisco via Colorado City

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  Nashville
 St. Louis
 Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering
 Salina
 Colorado City
 Santa Fe (New Mexico)
 Flagstaff
 San Luis Obispo
   Colorado City 
driving   /   6 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 Colorado City. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Nashville and Colorado City. 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 5 hours

3:54 pm  St. Louis
stay overnight at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
drive for about 4.5 hours

2:42 pm  eat at Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:42 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

6:57 pm  Salina
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Salina
drive for about 7.5 hours

5:45 pm  Colorado City
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Colorado City
drive for about 4 hours

12:51 pm  Santa Fe (New Mexico)
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 3:21 pm
drive for about 5.5 hours

8:52 pm  Flagstaff
stay overnight at Aspen Inn Bed & Breakfast
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 9.5 hours

 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Aspen Inn Bed & Breakfast
drive for about 9 hours

7:07 pm  San Luis Obispo
stay overnight at The Madonna Inn
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 9 hours

 Day 6

11:00 am  leave from The Madonna Inn
drive for about 4 hours

2:50 pm  arrive in San Francisco
stay at Top of the Mark

day 6 driving ≈ 4 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

St. Louis  (89 answers)
    Forest Park  (10 mentions)
    St. Louis Zoo  (6 mentions)
    City Museum  (5 mentions)
    Gateway Arch  (4 mentions)
    Urban Chestnut Brewing Company  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around St. Louis:
        Pappy's Smokehouse
        Ted Drewes
        Iron Barley Eating Establishment
        Pastaria
        Companion
    hotels around St. Louis:
        Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
        The Lemp Mansion
    questions about St. Louis:
        What is your favorite restaurant in St. Louis?
        Good St. Louis dines?
        Great lunch places in St Louis
        Good family vacation within 10 hours of St. Louis (not Branson)?
        Where are the best places to stay in St. Louis?

Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering  (33 mentions)

Salina

Colorado City

Santa Fe (New Mexico)  (108 answers)
    Santa Fe Plaza  (5 mentions)
    Georgia O'Keeffe Museum  (4 mentions)
    Loretto Chapel  (4 mentions)
    Museum Of International Folk Art  (3 mentions)
    El Farol  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Fe (New Mexico):
        The Shed
        Cafe Pasqual's
        Tia Sophia's
        La Boca
        Coyote Cafe
    questions about Santa Fe (New Mexico):
        Hotels in Santa Fe with spa?
        Best free things to do in Santa Fe?
        Wine lover's Santa Fe?
        Top 5 things to do as a family!

Flagstaff  (54 answers)
    Lowell Observatory  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Flagstaff:
        Macy's Fresh Roasted Coffee
        Mountain Oasis
        Flagstaff Brewing Company
    hotels around Flagstaff:
        Aspen Inn Bed & Breakfast
        Hotel Monte Vista
    questions about Flagstaff:
        Where to stay
        Best cozy hotel in Flagstaff nearby Monte Vista hotel

San Luis Obispo  (122 answers)
    Bishop Peak  (4 mentions)
    San Luis Obispo Mission  (3 mentions)
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo  (3 mentions)
    Edna Valley  (2 mentions)
    F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around San Luis Obispo:
        Firestone Grill
        Novo Restaurant & Lounge
        Bello Mundo
        Splash Cafe
        Avila Valley Barn
    hotels around San Luis Obispo:
        The Madonna Inn
        Madonna Inn Resort & Spa
        Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
        Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
        Seacrest Beach Resort
    questions about San Luis Obispo:
        Lodging
        Exploring SLO in March to scout moving there - what should I check out?
        Where to stay outside of San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly graduation
        What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?


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 2,602 miles
driving time of 38 hours, 36 minutes
185 Nashville travel answers
89 St. Louis travel answers
1 Salina travel answer
1 Colorado City travel answer
108 Santa Fe (New Mexico) travel answers
54 Flagstaff travel answers
122 San Luis Obispo travel answers
629 San Francisco travel answers





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