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San Francisco to Baltimore via Yellowstone National Park

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  San Francisco
 Reno
 Yellowstone National Park
 Billings
 West Fargo
 Minneapolis
 Chicago
 Cleveland
   Yellowstone National Park 
driving   /   7 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Francisco to Baltimore road trip planner

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

11:00 am  start in San Francisco
drive for about 4 hours

2:45 pm  Reno
stay overnight at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
drive for about 12 hours

9:13 pm  Yellowstone National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 12 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Yellowstone National Park
drive for about 4.5 hours

3:25 pm  Billings
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Billings
drive for about 8.5 hours

6:22 pm  West Fargo
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 8.5 hours
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 Day 5

9:00 am  leave from West Fargo
drive for about 4 hours

12:48 pm  Minneapolis
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:48 pm
drive for about 6.5 hours

8:15 pm  Chicago
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 10 hours
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 Day 6

11:00 am  leave from The James Chicago Hotel
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:33 pm  Cleveland
stay overnight at The Cleveland Hostel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 6 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 7

11:00 am  leave from The Cleveland Hostel
drive for about 6 hours

4:46 pm  arrive in Baltimore

day 7 driving ≈ 6 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Reno  (38 answers)
    Truckee River  (2 mentions)
    Peppermill Resort Spa Casino  (2 mentions)
    hotels around Reno:
        Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
    questions about Reno:
        What's the best neighborhood in Reno for a first time visitor?
        Dog-friendly hotels in Reno?

Yellowstone National Park  (109 mentions)
    questions about Yellowstone National Park:
        Walking with difficulty. What can I do while family hikes?
        Bucket- List road trip
        Stop off driving between Yellowston and Yosemite
        What to do with one day at Yellowstone?
        Need help with Yellowstone itinerary for family of 4

Billings  (10 answers)

West Fargo  (5 answers)
    questions about West Fargo:
        What is your favorite restaurant in West Fargo?
        rv campgrounds

Minneapolis  (57 answers)
    Lake Calhoun  (23 mentions)
    Lake Harriet  (21 mentions)
    Lake Of The Isles  (17 mentions)
    Minnehaha Falls  (10 mentions)
    Minnehaha Park  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Minneapolis:
        The Bachelor Farmer
        112 Eatery
        Sea Salt Eatery
        Midtown Global Market
        Psycho Suzi's
    questions about Minneapolis:
        Is the Mall of America worth visiting?
        Best free things to do in Minneapolis?
        Fine dining in Minneapolis?
        What are the best lakes in and/or around Minneapolis?
        What are your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis?

Chicago  (311 answers)
    Millennium Park  (54 mentions)
    The Art Institute of Chicago  (48 mentions)
    Shedd Aquarium  (46 mentions)
    Willis Tower  (38 mentions)
    Lincoln Park Zoo  (35 mentions)
    restaurants around Chicago:
        Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
        Pequod's Pizza
        Girl & the Goat
        Big Star
        Au Cheval
    hotels around Chicago:
        The James Chicago Hotel
        Hotel Palomar Chicago
        Acme Hotel Company Chicago
        Virgin Hotels Chicago
        Thompson Chicago
    questions about Chicago:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
        Best Chicago pizza?
        What to do in one weekend in Chicago?
        airport transportation
        Chicago - Should we rent a car or no?

Cleveland  (69 answers)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  (13 mentions)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art  (12 mentions)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  (6 mentions)
    West Side Market  (6 mentions)
    Great Lakes Brewing Company  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Cleveland:
        Lola
        Lolita
        The Greenhouse Tavern
        Melt Bar & Grilled
        L'Albatros
    hotels around Cleveland:
        The Cleveland Hostel
    questions about Cleveland:
        Good restaurants for business dinner?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Cleveland?
        New to the city, friend coming to visit: What should we do?
        What's the best neighborhood in Cleveland for a first time visitor?
        Fun things to do


Where's the best place to eat in Baltimore?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest G&M Restaurant and Lounge, which was mentioned 6 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Phillips Seafood  (3 mentions)
Max's Taphouse  (3 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Baltimore?

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:

Fells Point  (11 mentions)
Inner Harbor  (7 mentions)
Lexington Market  (4 mentions)
Canton  (4 mentions)
The Helmand  (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 Baltimore. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  April from Pembroke (North Carolina) asked:
Best place to get seafood and crab cakes in Baltimore?  (14 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Baltimore?  (10 answers)

profile  Tamara from Providence asked:
Authentic, non-chain restaurant for dinner with a child (with a well-refined palate) near the Inner Harbor?  (8 answers)

profile  Erin from Edwardsville asked:
Family-friendly seafood restaurant  (7 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Baltimore?  (5 answers)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 3,078 miles
driving time of 48 hours, 6 minutes
630 San Francisco travel answers
38 Reno travel answers
10 Billings travel answers
5 West Fargo travel answers
57 Minneapolis travel answers
311 Chicago travel answers
69 Cleveland travel answers
54 Baltimore travel answers





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