San Francisco to Salt Lake City Road Trip Guide


San Francisco is one of the largest cities in the United States. Its iconic architecture is known from famous television shows such as Full House, and there are historic sights as well, including Alcatraz Island! There are classic views of the Golden Gate Bridge that can be seen from just about anywhere in the city. While you may enjoy the sunshine that San Francisco has to offer, it’s always a good idea to take a break away from the busy city. Besides, if you live in San Francisco, you know how expensive it can be.
Luckily, weekend RV vacations don’t have to break the bank. Did you know that you can rent a motorhome and make your way over to Salt Lake City to enjoy a fun road trip with your partner, at a low cost? You won’t have to worry about paying hundreds of dollars each night at a hotel. San Francisco to Salt Lake City is just over 750 miles and without stopping would take you about 11 hours. But of course, there’s no point in a road trip without making a few fun stops along the way!

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Road trip length: 3-5 days
Recommend rig: motorhome
audience: couple

Point of Interest

12 Mile Hot Spring

Make your last pit stop in Wells to experience the 12 Mile Hot Spring. This is the perfect spot to check out if you need to relax your muscles after a tiring day of exploring the previous point of interest. As you can tell by the name, there is a 12-mile long hot spring where you can kick back and relax. You’ve almost made it to Salt Lake City and we all know how exhausting road trips can be.

This way you’ll be able to spend a few hours still being surrounded by nature, but you’ll be able to take it all in by relaxing in the water. You can bring a pair of binoculars if you’re interested in looking at all of the local wildlife in the area while you chill out. Just be sure to clean up after yourself to help maintain the area for other visitors!

Rye Patch State Recreation Area

It’s time to get out of the motorhome and get your body moving! Rye Patch State Recreation Area could be your second to last stop before reaching Salt Lake City! This is the perfect place to throw on a pair of high-quality hiking boots and explore by immersing yourself in nature. With over 2,400-acres, you’ll be able to hike, fish, mountain bike, or anything else your heart desires.

If you enjoy spending time outside, this is the perfect place to stay overnight. Due to the lack of pollution, the stars shine extremely bright at night. It’s a great excuse to park your motorhome, get a warm blanket, a couple of glasses of hot cocoa, and look at the stars! If you have it all planned out, your partner is going to love the romantic setting and the thoughtful gesture of stargazing.

National Automobile Museum

When most people think of Reno, Nevada, they likely think of the bright lights and loud noises of bustling casinos. While you can totally stop and play a few hands of blackjack, the National Automobile Museum is a different kind of fun to be had in Reno. This museum is packed with cars from the last 100 years of motoring history. There are over 200 vehicles that are in pristine condition within the 100,000 square-foot museum.

You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to have a good time there. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time seeing these classic cars. The museum doubles as a pit stop for the Nevada Space Center as well! This is a great stop for history buffs or those looking for an experience that you won’t be able to get anywhere else in the United States.

Sacramento Zoo

As you make your way out of California, make a stop at the Sacramento Zoo before crossing over into Nevada. This zoo that resides within William Land Park has been open for nearly 100 years! Over the years it has nearly quadrupled in size and there are a variety of different animals that you can see. There are lions, several types of primates, zebras, giraffes, hogs, and more!

You’ll also get to check out the variety of different fish, amphibians, birds, and even lizards. Zoos don’t have to be just for kids either, there is much more than just the animals there to see. You can test your swing at the golf course, enjoy a quick lunch at one of the restaurants, or have a blast on one of the many rides in the zoo. You can park the motorhome at Sacramento Shade RV Park to get some rest before your next stop.

Golden Gate Park

Let’s start your trip off by visiting one of the most iconic parks that San Francisco has to offer. Golden Gate Park is an urban park that takes up over 1,000 acres within this beautiful city. There are a plethora of activities to enjoy during your visit there as well. You can see animals at the California Academy of Science or make your way to the Strybing Arboretum to look at over 7,000 varieties of flowers!

If you want to take a romantic paddle boat ride, you can get out onto Stow Lake, which has a lovely view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Japanese Tea Garden is a breathtaking and unique experience that you can enjoy while visiting Golden Gate Park as well. This is the perfect place to kick off your San Francisco to Salt Lake City road trip!


After a day or two of driving you’ve made it! Welcome to Salt Lake City, Utah. If the mountains don’t take your breath away, the amazing food in the area sure will! There are state parks where you can get your adrenaline pumping by mountain biking or you can visit the Natural History Museum of Utah.

And don't forget to take your RV to the Great Salt Lake itself for a glimpse of an otherwordly landscape. Even though it's only a few day's drive away, this city is totally different from san Francisco in just about every way, so don't miss the chance to enjoy all it has to offer.

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