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San Francisco to Tampa drive

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  San Francisco
 Los Angeles
 Phoenix
 El Paso
 San Antonio
 Biloxi
   Tampa 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   6 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Francisco to Tampa road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to Tampa. If you're planning a road trip to Tampa, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Francisco and Tampa. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between San Francisco and Tampa. 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 5.5 hours

4:34 pm  Los Angeles
stay overnight at Shutters On the Beach
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Shutters On the Beach
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:22 pm  Phoenix
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 6 hours

4:03 pm  El Paso
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from El Paso
drive for about 7.5 hours

5:32 pm  San Antonio
eat at Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia
stay overnight at Hilton Palacio del Rio
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 Hilton Palacio del Rio
drive for about 9.5 hours

7:38 pm  Biloxi
stay overnight at Beau Rivage
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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 Day 6

10:00 am  leave from Beau Rivage
drive for about 8.5 hours

6:41 pm  arrive in Tampa
eat at Ulele
stay at Columbia Restaurant

day 6 driving ≈ 8.5 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?

Los Angeles  (598 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    restaurants around Los Angeles:
        Gjelina
        Perch
        Bottega Louie
        Grand Central Market
        Bestia
    hotels around Los Angeles:
        Shutters On the Beach
        Hotel Erwin
        The Standard Downtown LA
        Ace Hotel Los Angeles
        The Huntley Hotel
    questions about Los Angeles:
        Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?
        What's your favorite burger in L.A?
        Free things to do in Los Angeles?
        What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?
        Area an hour away from LAX airport

Phoenix  (115 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
    hotels around Phoenix:
        Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
        The Clarendon Hotel and Spa
    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?

El Paso  (31 answers)
    questions about El Paso:
        Best free things to do in El Paso?
        Must-see spots & fun things to do for 4 guys in their mid twenties?
        El Paso, TX

San Antonio  (74 answers)
    Riverwalk  (12 mentions)
    The San Antonio River Walk  (9 mentions)
    The Alamo  (8 mentions)
    The Alamo  (5 mentions)
    Pearl Brewery  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around San Antonio:
        Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia
        Acenar
        Bliss
        Luke
        The Guenther House
    hotels around San Antonio:
        Hilton Palacio del Rio
        Embassy Suites
        Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
        Mokara Hotel & Spa
        San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk
    questions about San Antonio:
        What is your favorite restaurant in San Antonio?
        Must do in SA; and nearest fishing port?
        Best free things to do in San Antonio?
        Top 3 Must Visit Places in San Antonio?
        What are all the local favorite spots in San Antonio?

Biloxi  (26 answers)
    hotels around Biloxi:
        Beau Rivage
    questions about Biloxi:
        Hotel for Biloxi MS


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Tampa, Florida.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Tampa?

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 Tampa.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Columbia Restaurant, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Tampa?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Ulele, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Piquant Hyde Park  (3 mentions)
Oxford Exchange  (2 mentions)
Bern's Steak House  (2 mentions)
Ava  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Tampa?

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:

Busch Gardens Tampa  (5 mentions)
Bayshore Blvd  (4 mentions)
Tampa Riverwalk  (4 mentions)
South Howard Ave  (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 Tampa. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Catherine from Chapel Hill asked:
Best new restaurants in Tampa?  (7 answers)

profile  Jennifer from Culver City asked:
Popular areas in Tampa for shopping?  (7 answers)

profile  Avery from Berkeley asked:
Beaches around Tampa  (5 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Tampa?  (5 answers)

profile  Katie from Columbus asked:
Weekend ideas for a first timer in Tampa  (5 answers)

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




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 Tampa 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 Tampa. Or get a full San Francisco to Tampa 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 2,908 miles
driving time of 41 hours, 23 minutes
Tampa is 3 hours ahead of San Francisco
619 San Francisco travel answers
598 Los Angeles travel answers
115 Phoenix travel answers
31 El Paso travel answers
74 San Antonio travel answers
26 Biloxi travel answers
62 Tampa travel answers





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