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San Francisco to Salt Lake City drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

San Francisco to Salt Lake City road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to Salt Lake City. If you're planning a road trip to Salt Lake City, 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

9:00 am  start in San Francisco
drive for about 1.5 hours

10:37 am  Sacramento
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:37 am
drive for about 2 hours

1:41 pm  Lake Tahoe
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:41 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:04 pm  Reno
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:04 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:04 pm  Mill City
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Mill City
drive for about 2 hours

12:13 pm  Elko
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:13 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:58 pm  Wendover
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:58 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:44 pm  arrive in Salt Lake City
eat at Red Iguana
stay at Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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San Francisco to Salt Lake City questions

profile  David asked:
Best route?  (2 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

Sacramento  (58 answers)
    California State Railroad Museum  (6 mentions)
    California State Capitol Museum  (3 mentions)
    58 Degrees & Holding Co.  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Sacramento:
        Ella Dining Room & Bar
        Rick's Dessert Diner
        Delta King Hotel
        The Rind
        Mulvaney's B&L
    questions about Sacramento:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Sacramento?
        Things to do and see in Sacramento
        Hidden gems in Sacramento?
        Me want food in Sacramento!
        Question about location for USA Outdoor Nationals

Lake Tahoe  (46 answers)
    Emerald Bay  (6 mentions)
    Heavenly Mountain Resort  (2 mentions)
    questions about Lake Tahoe:
        Non-snow-related things to do in Lake Tahoe
        Looking for breweries, hikes and restaurants around Lake Tahoe.
        Best part of Lake Tahoe to stay
        Hotel, inns, or cabin rental recommendations in Lake Tahoe?
        What to see, eat, and do in Lake Tahoe?

Reno  (38 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?

Mill City

Elko  (8 answers)

Wendover


Where's the best place to stay in Salt Lake City?

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 Salt Lake City.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Off-Broadway Studios  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Salt Lake City? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Salt Lake City?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Red Iguana, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Pig and A Jelly Jar  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Salt Lake City? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Salt Lake City?

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:

Temple Square  (8 mentions)
Liberty Park  (5 mentions)
Tracy Aviary  (3 mentions)
The Beehive House  (2 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 Salt Lake City. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City?  (17 answers)

profile  Matt from Orondo, Washington asked:
What's the best, cant-miss meal in Salt Lake City?  (6 answers)

profile  Eric from Moscow asked:
Centrally-Located Hotels in Salt Lake City?  (4 answers)

profile  Avery from Berkeley asked:
Winter time activities in Salt Lake City  (3 answers)

profile  Liz from Los Angeles asked:
Places to bar hop and night life in SLC?  (2 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Salt Lake City.




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 Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City. Or get a full San Francisco to Salt Lake City 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 735 miles
driving time of 10 hours, 47 minutes
Salt Lake City is 1 hour ahead of San Francisco
630 San Francisco travel answers
58 Sacramento travel answers
46 Lake Tahoe travel answers
38 Reno travel answers
8 Elko travel answers
1 Wendover travel answer
84 Salt Lake City travel answers





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