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San Francisco to New Orleans drive

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  San Francisco
 San Luis Obispo
 Barstow
 Sedona
 Albuquerque
 Tucumcari
 Dallas
 Shreveport
   New Orleans 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Francisco to New Orleans road trip planner

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

12:51 pm  San Luis Obispo
stay for about 3 hours
and leave at 3:51 pm
drive for about 4 hours

8:02 pm  Barstow
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Barstow
drive for about 6 hours

4:14 pm  Sedona
stay overnight at Enchantment Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Enchantment Resort
drive for about 5 hours

3:08 pm  Albuquerque
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 5:08 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:42 pm  Tucumcari
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 Tucumcari
drive for about 7.5 hours

5:38 pm  Dallas
eat at Pecan Lodge
stay overnight at Hotel Zaza Dallas
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Hotel Zaza Dallas
drive for about 3 hours

1:01 pm  Shreveport
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:01 pm
drive for about 5 hours

6:49 pm  arrive in New Orleans
eat at Café du Monde
stay at Hotel Monteleone

day 5 driving ≈ 8 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Francisco, California.

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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?

San Luis Obispo  (121 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?

Barstow  (11 answers)
    restaurants around Barstow:
        Del Taco
    questions about Barstow:
        What's the best neighborhood in Barstow for a first time visitor?

Sedona  (78 answers)
    Chapel of the Holy Cross  (4 mentions)
    Slide Rock State Park  (4 mentions)
    Oak Creek Canyon  (3 mentions)
    Bell Rock Trail  (3 mentions)
    Devils Bridge  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Sedona:
        Elote Cafe
    hotels around Sedona:
        Enchantment Resort
    questions about Sedona:
        Best things to do in Sedona besides hiking?
        Vortex Hike/ Sound healing
        Nature Lover in Sedona
        Going on a roadtrip to Sedona, AZ. Is taking I-10 better route?
        Best hikes and natural swimming holes

Albuquerque  (90 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?
        Temporary home!
        Affordable hotel in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta?
        Where to stay

Tucumcari  (4 answers)
    questions about Tucumcari:
        What are the must see/must stay/ must eat places in Tucumcari?

Dallas  (118 answers)
    Perot Museum of Nature and Science  (14 mentions)
    Dallas Museum of Art  (12 mentions)
    The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza  (10 mentions)
    Nasher Sculpture Center  (9 mentions)
    Klyde Warren Park  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Dallas:
        Pecan Lodge
        Lockhart Smokehouse
        Peggy Sue BBQ
        Smoke
        Oddfellows
    hotels around Dallas:
        Hotel Zaza Dallas
        Belmont Hotel Dallas
        Rosewood Crescent Hotel
    questions about Dallas:
        Where is the best barbeque in Dallas?
        Where to go for lunch in Dallas?
        Best breakfast spots in Dallas?
        Going to Dallas for 2 weeks - what to see?
        Best free things to do in Dallas?

Shreveport  (17 answers)
    R.W. Norton Art Gallery  (2 mentions)
    questions about Shreveport:
        Best free things to do in Shreveport?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is New Orleans, Louisiana.

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


Where's the best place to stay in New Orleans?

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 New Orleans.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Monteleone, which was mentioned 11 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Want to research more popular hotels in New Orleans? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in New Orleans?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Café du Monde, which was mentioned 62 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

French Quarter  (45 mentions)
Muriel's Jackson Square  (14 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in New Orleans?

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:

Frenchmen Street  (47 mentions)
Bourbon Street  (26 mentions)
Jackson Square  (18 mentions)
Magazine Street  (13 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 New Orleans. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Tom from Los Angeles asked:
Breakfast in New Orleans?  (19 answers)

profile  Drew from Ojai asked:
Where can I find the best jazz bars in New Orleans?  (13 answers)

profile  John from Omaha, Nebraska asked:
What are the must-try foods and restaurants in NOLA?  (9 answers)

profile  Bianca from Miami asked:
When is the best time to go to New Orleans?  (9 answers)

profile  Kathryn from London asked:
Favorite Things to do in New Orleans  (8 answers)

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




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 New Orleans 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 New Orleans. Or get a full San Francisco to New Orleans 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 2,272 miles
driving time of 32 hours, 41 minutes
New Orleans is 2 hours ahead of San Francisco
619 San Francisco travel answers
121 San Luis Obispo travel answers
11 Barstow travel answers
78 Sedona travel answers
90 Albuquerque travel answers
4 Tucumcari travel answers
118 Dallas travel answers
17 Shreveport travel answers
213 New Orleans travel answers





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