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Houston to Sacramento drive

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  Houston
 Austin
 Fort Stockton
 El Paso
 Phoenix
 Los Angeles
 San Luis Obispo
driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Houston to Sacramento road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Houston to Sacramento. If you're planning a road trip to Sacramento, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Houston and Sacramento. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Houston and Sacramento. 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 Houston
drive for about 2.5 hours

1:29 pm  Austin
stay overnight at Hotel San Jose
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Hotel San Jose
drive for about 5 hours

2:57 pm  Fort Stockton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:57 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:15 pm  El Paso
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from El Paso
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:16 pm  Phoenix
stay overnight at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:20 pm  Los Angeles
stay overnight at Shutters On the Beach
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 5

9:00 am  leave from Shutters On the Beach
drive for about 3 hours

12:08 pm  San Luis Obispo
stay for about 3 hours
and leave at 3:08 pm
drive for about 4.5 hours

7:52 pm  arrive in Sacramento
eat at Ella Dining Room & Bar

day 5 driving ≈ 8 hours
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Houston to Sacramento questions


Where should I stop along the way?

Austin  (171 answers)
    Franklins BBQ  (27 mentions)
    Zilker Park  (25 mentions)
    Barton Springs Pool  (17 mentions)
    Continental Club  (11 mentions)
    Rainey Street  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Austin:
        Chuy's Restaurant
        Torchy's Tacos
        Uchi Restaurant
        Salt Lick
        The County Line
    hotels around Austin:
        Hotel San Jose
        The W Austin Hotel
        The Driskill Hotel
        Austin Motel
        Hotel Saint Cecilia
    questions about Austin:
        Best BBQ in/near Austin?
        Do I need to rent a car for a week in Austin?
        Food trucks
        What are the must-sees in Austin?
        Best eats/bars in Austin under $25?

Fort Stockton  (5 answers)

El Paso  (34 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

Phoenix  (121 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?
        Best restaurants in Phoenix?
        Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson
        Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?
        Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?

Los Angeles  (602 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

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:
        Exploring SLO in March to scout moving there - what should I check out?
        Lodging
        Things to do and must-try restaurants in the area
        What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?


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?  (8 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  Tracy from Hawaii Kai, Hawaii asked:
Places to see in Gold Rush Country enroute from Sacramento  (2 answers)

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




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 Houston 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 Houston to Sacramento. Or get a full Houston 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 Houston well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Houston!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,929 miles
driving time of 27 hours, 36 minutes
Sacramento is 2 hours behind Houston
106 Houston travel answers
171 Austin travel answers
5 Fort Stockton travel answers
34 El Paso travel answers
121 Phoenix travel answers
602 Los Angeles travel answers
121 San Luis Obispo travel answers
49 Sacramento travel answers





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