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Nashville to San Francisco via Grand Canyon National Park

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  Nashville
 Memphis
 Ozark
 Oklahoma City
 Amarillo
 Albuquerque
 Grand Canyon National Park
 Barstow
 San Luis Obispo
   Grand Canyon National Park 
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 Grand Canyon National Park. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Nashville and Grand Canyon National Park. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Nashville
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:18 pm  Memphis
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 3:48 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:39 pm  Ozark
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Ozark
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:22 pm  Oklahoma City
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:22 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:20 pm  Amarillo
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Amarillo
drive for about 4 hours

1:07 pm  Albuquerque
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 3:07 pm
drive for about 6 hours

9:03 pm  Grand Canyon National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 10 hours
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 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from Grand Canyon National Park
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:42 pm  Barstow
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 5

9:00 am  leave from Barstow
drive for about 4 hours

1:14 pm  San Luis Obispo
stay for about 3 hours
and leave at 4:14 pm
drive for about 4 hours

8:03 pm  arrive in San Francisco
stay at Top of the Mark

day 5 driving ≈ 8 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
    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

Ozark  (3 answers)

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
    questions about Albuquerque:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Albuquerque?
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Temporary home!
        Where to stay

Grand Canyon National Park  (184 mentions)
    questions about Grand Canyon National Park:
        Best way to explore Grand Canyon & must see scenic spots?
        Nearest place to stay for visiting Grand Canyon
        Weather at the Grand Canyon in late November, is this a good time to go?
        South Rim in the Winter???
        Hotels and restaurants for a Grand Canyon visit

Barstow  (13 answers)
    restaurants around Barstow:
        Del Taco
    questions about Barstow:
        What's the best neighborhood in Barstow for a first time visitor?
        Where to sleep RV trailer

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
    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 2,415 miles
driving time of 35 hours, 41 minutes
185 Nashville travel answers
112 Memphis travel answers
3 Ozark travel answers
39 Oklahoma City travel answers
30 Amarillo travel answers
94 Albuquerque travel answers
13 Barstow travel answers
122 San Luis Obispo travel answers
629 San Francisco travel answers





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