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Carmel By the Sea to Sacramento drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Carmel By the Sea to Sacramento road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Carmel By the Sea to Sacramento. If you're planning a road trip to Sacramento, 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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9:00 am  start in Carmel By the Sea
drive for about 44 minutes

9:44 am  San Juan Bautista
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:44 am
drive for about 45 minutes

11:29 am  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:29 pm
drive for about 41 minutes

1:10 pm  Livermore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:10 pm
drive for about 39 minutes

2:49 pm  Oakland
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:49 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

4:40 pm  Napa
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:40 pm
drive for about 35 minutes

6:14 pm  Vacaville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:14 pm
drive for about 38 minutes

7:53 pm  arrive in Sacramento
eat at Ella Dining Room & Bar

driving ≈ 5 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

San Juan Bautista  (5 answers)
    Mission San Juan Bautista  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around San Juan Bautista:
        Vertigo Coffee

San Jose  (39 answers)
    The Tech Museum of Innovation  (3 mentions)
    San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
    Santana Row  (3 mentions)
    Winchester Mystery House  (2 mentions)
    California's Great America  (2 mentions)
    questions about San Jose:
        What's the best neighborhood in San Jose for a first time visitor?
        Hotels with airport parking in San Jose
        Best missions to see & other good activities for kids
        Neighborhood for young professional in San Jose
        Free things to do in San Jose?

Livermore  (10 answers)
    Hacienda Crossings  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Livermore:
        Concannon Vineyard
    hotels around Livermore:
        Hyatt Place Dublin/Pleasanton

Oakland  (57 answers)
    Lake Merritt  (16 mentions)
    UC Berkeley  (8 mentions)
    Jack London Square  (7 mentions)
    Ici Ice Cream  (5 mentions)
    College Ave  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Oakland:
        Chez Panisse
        Arinell Pizza Inc
        Cheese Board Bakery & Cheese
        The Trappist
        Comal
    questions about Oakland:
        Best free things to do in Oakland?
        What is Oakland like?
        First time in Oakland with 1 day to explore
        A good neighborhood in Oakland for rental?
        Best bites to eat in Oakland?

Napa  (85 answers)
    Domaine Carneros  (14 mentions)
    Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ  (11 mentions)
    Artesa Vineyards & Winery  (9 mentions)
    Napa Valley  (9 mentions)
    Oxbow Public Market  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Napa:
        ad hoc
        Domaine Chandon
        Redd
        Morimoto
        Pine Ridge Vineyards
    hotels around Napa:
        Bardessono
        Embassy Suites Napa Valley
        Cottages of Napa Valley
    questions about Napa:
        Other foodie things to do besides wine tasting
        Searching for an inexpensive and nice inn in Napa area
        Restaurants in Napa for girls outing?
        Limited time in Napa, help with my itinerary!
        Sightseeing in Napa?

Vacaville  (4 answers)


Where's the best place to eat in Sacramento?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Ella Dining Room & Bar, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Rick's Dessert Diner  (2 mentions)
Delta King Hotel  (2 mentions)
The Rind  (2 mentions)
Mulvaney's B&L  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Sacramento?

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:

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 Sacramento. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Sacramento?  (14 answers)

profile  Peter from Munich asked:
Things to do and see in Sacramento  (6 answers)

profile  Debbie from San Francisco asked:
Hidden gems in Sacramento?  (6 answers)

profile  Evan from Virginia asked:
Me want food in Sacramento!  (5 answers)

profile  Jessica from asked:
Question about location for USA Outdoor Nationals  (2 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 Sacramento to Carmel By the Sea drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Carmel By the Sea? Try searching for places within 3 hours of Carmel By the Sea.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Carmel By the Sea to Sacramento. Or get a full Carmel By the Sea to Sacramento 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 Carmel By the Sea well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Carmel By the Sea!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 190 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 59 minutes
69 Carmel By the Sea travel answers
5 San Juan Bautista travel answers
39 San Jose travel answers
10 Livermore travel answers
57 Oakland travel answers
85 Napa travel answers
4 Vacaville travel answers
58 Sacramento travel answers





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