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Phoenix to Sonoma via Santa Barbara

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 Palm Springs
 Santa Barbara
 Hearst Castle
 Santa Cruz
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV


Phoenix to Sonoma road trip planner

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

11:38 am  T-Rocks
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:38 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:21 pm  Palm Springs
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:21 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:51 pm  Santa Barbara
stay overnight at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 9 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:29 am  Hearst Castle
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 1:59 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:08 pm  Santa Cruz
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 6:08 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

8:28 pm  arrive in Sonoma

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?


Palm Springs  (55 answers)
    Palm Springs Art Museum  (4 mentions)
    Indian Canyons  (4 mentions)
    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  (3 mentions)
    Trina Turk  (3 mentions)
    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Palm Springs:
        Trio Restaurant
        Workshop Kitchen + Bar
        Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs
    questions about Palm Springs:
        Best hotel pools in Palm Springs?
        Cheap eats/activities
        Quick weekend gataway this winter
        What to do in palm springs in November?
        Moderately priced restaurants

Santa Barbara  (189 answers)
    Butterfly Beach  (7 mentions)
    Bacara Resort & Spa  (6 mentions)
    Hendry's Beach  (4 mentions)
    Stearns Wharf  (4 mentions)
    The Funk Zone  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Barbara:
        McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
        La Super-Rica Taqueria
        The Lark - Santa Barbara
        Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
        The Palace Grill
    hotels around Santa Barbara:
        Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
        Isla Vista
        San Ysidro Ranch
        El Encanto Hotel
    questions about Santa Barbara:
        Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?
        Bachelorette Weekend Getaway in Santa Barbara
        Best Beach in Santa Barbara?
        24 hours in Santa Barbara, what do I have to see/eat/do?
        How far from santa barbara to palm springs and PS to Phoenix?

Hearst Castle  (101 mentions)

Santa Cruz  (85 answers)
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk  (20 mentions)
    Natural Bridges State Beach  (4 mentions)
    The Mystery Spot  (4 mentions)
    Santa Cruz Beach  (4 mentions)
    Seabright State Beach  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Cruz:
        Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
        Marianne's Ice Cream‎
    questions about Santa Cruz:
        Activities during reunion in santa cruz
        What are some must places to go to in Santa Cruz, CA
        Are there any good restaurants in Santa Cruz?
        Names of beaches that aren't so crowded
        Best Things To Do In Santa Cruz?

Where's the best place to eat in Sonoma?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Fremont Diner, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

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

What are some things to do in Sonoma?

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:

Domaine Carneros  (14 mentions)
Ram's Gate Winery  (5 mentions)
Scribe Winery  (4 mentions)
Cline Cellars  (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 Sonoma. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Anne from Portland asked:
Must dos and good places to stay during June getaway to Sonoma  (6 answers)

profile  Michael from San Rafael, California asked:
Best Steak in Sonoma?  (1 answer)

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

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 837 miles
driving time of 12 hours, 51 minutes
125 Phoenix travel answers
55 Palm Springs travel answers
189 Santa Barbara travel answers
85 Santa Cruz travel answers
66 Sonoma travel answers


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