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Sacramento to Tampa via Denver

driving   /   7 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Sacramento to Tampa road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sacramento to Tampa. If you're planning a road trip to Tampa, 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

10:00 am  start in Sacramento
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:18 pm  Elko
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Elko
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:18 pm  Salt Lake City
stay overnight at Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
drive for about 7.5 hours

5:45 pm  Denver
eat at Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
stay overnight at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
drive for about 11 hours

7:52 pm  eat at Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 11 hours

 Day 5

11:00 am  leave from Kansas City
drive for about 4.5 hours

3:42 pm  St. Louis
stay overnight at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 4.5 hours

 Day 6

9:00 am  leave from Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
drive for about 5 hours

1:53 pm  Nashville
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 5:53 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

9:36 pm  Atlanta
stay overnight at W Atlanta - Midtown
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 6 driving ≈ 8.5 hours

 Day 7

10:00 am  leave from W Atlanta - Midtown
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:22 pm  arrive in Tampa
stay at Columbia Restaurant

day 7 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Elko  (8 answers)

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?

Denver  (192 answers)
    Denver Museum of Nature and Science  (15 mentions)
    Denver Botanic Gardens  (12 mentions)
    Denver Art Museum  (11 mentions)
    LoDo  (11 mentions)
    Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Denver:
        Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
        Rioja
        Acorn
        Root Down
        Bistro Vendome
    hotels around Denver:
        The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
        The Crawford Hotel
        Four Seasons Hotel Denver
        Hotel Teatro
        the Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
    questions about Denver:
        Short, scenic drives from Denver?
        Best resort for advanced skier?
        Activites to do with children ages 7-11
        Top 5 must see attractions in Denver?
        Restaurant for dinner near Coors Field?

Oklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering  (33 mentions)

St. Louis  (93 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?

Nashville  (190 answers)
    Grand Ole Opry  (8 mentions)
    Country Music Hall of Fame  (6 mentions)
    Ryman Auditorium  (6 mentions)
    Centennial Park  (6 mentions)
    The Parthenon  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Nashville:
        Bluebird Cafe
        Opryland Hotel
        Pancake Pantry
        Hattie B's Hot Chicken - 19th Ave
        Peg Leg Porker BBQ
    questions about Nashville:
        What's the best neighborhood in Nashville for a first time visitor?
        Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?
        Top of the line hotels in Nashville?
        What are some must sees in Nashville during the weekend
        Best Location to Stay

Atlanta  (143 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:
        Good Restaurants Unique to Atlanta?
        Great, reasonable places to eat.
        Tourist spots worth seeing in Atlanta?
        Authentic Southern Food!
        Best family activities in Atlanta?


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!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Tampa?  (12 answers)

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

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

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

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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 3,022 miles
driving time of 43 hours, 32 minutes
58 Sacramento travel answers
8 Elko travel answers
84 Salt Lake City travel answers
192 Denver travel answers
93 St. Louis travel answers
190 Nashville travel answers
143 Atlanta travel answers
69 Tampa travel answers





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