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San Francisco to Detroit drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV


San Francisco to Detroit road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to Detroit. If you're planning a road trip to Detroit, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Francisco and Detroit. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between San Francisco and Detroit. 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 San Francisco
drive for about 4 hours

1:45 pm  Reno
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:45 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:52 pm  Elko
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Elko
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:18 pm  Salt Lake City
eat at Red Iguana
stay for about 1.5 hours and leave at 1:48 pm
drive for about 6.5 hours

8:08 pm  Cheyenne
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Cheyenne
drive for about 3 hours

2:07 pm  North Platte
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 3 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from North Platte
drive for about 4 hours

1:00 pm  Omaha
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:00 pm
drive for about 7 hours

9:02 pm  Chicago
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 11 hours
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 Day 5

11:00 am  leave from The James Chicago Hotel
drive for about 4 hours

3:09 pm  arrive in Detroit

day 5 driving ≈ 4 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?

Reno  (30 answers)
    Truckee River  (2 mentions)
    Peppermill Resort Spa Casino  (2 mentions)
    questions about Reno:
        What's the best neighborhood in Reno for a first time visitor?
        Dog-friendly hotels in Reno?
Elko  (5 answers)
Salt Lake City  (63 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
    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?
Cheyenne  (13 answers)
    questions about Cheyenne:
        Driving from Kennesaw ga to Cheyenne wy
        What are some "must see" places in Cheyenne.
North Platte  (2 answers)
Omaha  (17 answers)
    Henry Doorly Zoo  (8 mentions)
    Joslyn Art Museum  (3 mentions)
    Lauritzen Gardens  (2 mentions)
    The Durham Museum  (2 mentions)
    Omaha Children's Museum  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Omaha:
        M's Pub
        Stokes Grill & Bar Wood Fired Foods
        801 Chophouse at The Paxton
        Lo Sole Mio Ristorante
    questions about Omaha:
        Best free things to do in Omaha?
        Low-key bachelor party activities in Omaha?
        Dog friendly hotels
Chicago  (271 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:
        Best Chicago pizza?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
        What to do in one weekend in Chicago?
        airport transportation
        What are the coolest hotels in downtown Chicago?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Detroit, Michigan.

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



Where's the best place to eat in Detroit?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Slows Bar-B-Q, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

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





What are some things to do in Detroit?

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:

Comerica Park  (4 mentions)
Greektown Casino-Hotel  (4 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 Detroit. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Kristin from asked:
Places to stay in Detroit  (7 answers)

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

profile  Casey from Cambridge (Massachusetts) asked:
What is there to see in Detroit?  (4 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 Detroit 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 Detroit. Or get a full San Francisco to Detroit 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 2,393 miles
driving time of 34 hours, 46 minutes
Detroit is 3 hours ahead of San Francisco
606 San Francisco travel answers
30 Reno travel answers
5 Elko travel answers
63 Salt Lake City travel answers
13 Cheyenne travel answers
2 North Platte travel answers
17 Omaha travel answers
271 Chicago travel answers
23 Detroit travel answers





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