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San Francisco to Baton Rouge drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days



San Francisco to Baton Rouge road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to Baton Rouge. If you're planning a road trip to Baton Rouge, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in San Francisco
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:30 pm  Santa Barbara
stay overnight at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
drive for about 7.5 hours

4:22 pm  Phoenix
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 6:22 pm
drive for about 2 hours

8:08 pm  Tucson
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 9 hours
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 Day 3

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

5:29 pm  Carlsbad Caverns National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Carlsbad Caverns National Park
drive for about 4.5 hours

2:43 pm  Caverns of Sonora
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:43 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:23 pm  Austin
stay overnight at Hotel San Jose
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 8.5 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Hotel San Jose
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:31 pm  Houston
eat at Uchi
stay for about 1.5 hours and leave at 2:01 pm
drive for about 4.5 hours

6:25 pm  arrive in Baton Rouge

day 5 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Francisco, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Santa Barbara  (185 answers)
    Butterfly Beach  (7 mentions)
    Bacara Resort & Spa  (6 mentions)
    Hendry's Beach  (4 mentions)
    Stearns Wharf  (4 mentions)
    The Funk Zone  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Barbara:
        McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
        La Super-Rica Taqueria
        The Lark - Santa Barbara
        Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
        The Palace Grill
    hotels around Santa Barbara:
        Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
        Isla Vista
        San Ysidro Ranch
        El Encanto Hotel
    questions about Santa Barbara:
        Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?
        Bachelorette Weekend Getaway in Santa Barbara
        Best Beach in Santa Barbara?
        24 hours in Santa Barbara, what do I have to see/eat/do?
        Santa Barbara wine country ideas?
Phoenix  (99 answers)
    Piestewa Peak  (3 mentions)
    Dreamy Draw Recreation Area  (2 mentions)
    Phoenix Art Museum  (2 mentions)
    Bunky Boutique  (2 mentions)
    Frances  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Phoenix:
        Chelsea's Kitchen
        SunUp Brewing Co
        The Parlor Pizzeria
        The Clever Koi
        Crudo
    questions about Phoenix:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?
        Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson
        Best restaurants in Phoenix?
        Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?
        Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?
Tucson  (37 answers)
    El Charro Cafe  (2 mentions)
    Ventana Canyon Trailhead  (2 mentions)
    questions about Tucson:
        What to do in Tucson- staying near UofA
        Best free things to do in Tucson?
Carlsbad Caverns National Park  (19 mentions)
Caverns of Sonora  (2 mentions)
Austin  (160 answers)
    Franklins BBQ  (27 mentions)
    Zilker Park  (25 mentions)
    Barton Springs Pool  (17 mentions)
    Continental Club  (11 mentions)
    Rainey Street  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Austin:
        Chuy's Restaurant
        Torchy's Tacos
        Uchi Restaurant
        Salt Lick
        The County Line
    hotels around Austin:
        Hotel San Jose
        The W Austin Hotel
        The Driskill Hotel
        Austin Motel
        Hotel Saint Cecilia
    questions about Austin:
        Best BBQ in/near Austin?
        Do I need to rent a car for a week in Austin?
        Food trucks
        What are the must-sees in Austin?
        Best eats/bars in Austin under $25?
Houston  (76 answers)
    Houston Galleria  (8 mentions)
    Hermann Park  (7 mentions)
    Houston Museum of Natural Science  (5 mentions)
    Cavender's Boot City  (4 mentions)
    Miller Outdoor Theatre  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Houston:
        Uchi
        Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
        Gatlin's BBQ
        Hugo's
        Goode Company Barbeque
    questions about Houston:
        Best Mexican restaurants in town?
        Young Professional Neighborhood
        Favorite places to eat in Houston?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?
        MD Anderson patient




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




What are some things to do in Baton Rouge?

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:

Chelsea's Cafe  (4 mentions)
The Varsity Theatre  (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 Baton Rouge. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 John Cassidy from Omaha, Nebraska asked:
Great music spots in Baton Rouge?  (6 answers)

 Allison Godfrey from Washington, DC asked:
Must Eats in Baton Rouge?  (2 answers)

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Baton Rouge?  (2 answers)

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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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge. Or get a full San Francisco to Baton Rouge 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!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 2,200 miles
driving time of 32 hours, 28 minutes
Baton Rouge is 2 hours ahead of San Francisco
600 San Francisco travel answers
185 Santa Barbara travel answers
99 Phoenix travel answers
37 Tucson travel answers
160 Austin travel answers
76 Houston travel answers
14 Baton Rouge travel answers





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