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Phoenix to Sonoma via Venice Beach

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  Phoenix
 T-Rocks
 Palm Springs
 Venice Beach
 Bakersfield
 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
 San Jose
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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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 Venice Beach. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Phoenix and Venice Beach. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Phoenix
drive for about 2.5 hours

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

4:21 pm  Palm Springs
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:21 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:23 pm  Venice Beach
stay overnight at Shutters On the Beach
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Shutters On the Beach
drive for about 2 hours

10:57 am  Bakersfield
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:57 am
drive for about 2 hours

1:53 pm  eat at Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:53 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

5:21 pm  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:21 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:58 pm  arrive in Sonoma
eat at Fremont Diner

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

T-Rocks

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:
        Cheeky's
        Trio Restaurant
        Jake's
        Workshop Kitchen + Bar
        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

Venice Beach  (128 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    LACMA  (50 mentions)
    restaurants around Venice Beach:
        Gjelina
        MB Post
        Simmzy's
        Fishing with Dynamite
        North End Caffe
    hotels around Venice Beach:
        Shutters On the Beach
        Hotel Erwin
        Shade Hotel
        The Huntley Hotel
        Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
    questions about Venice Beach:
        Free things to do in Venice
        Best restaurants in Venice Beach?

Bakersfield  (19 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant  (5 mentions)

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?


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 798 miles
driving time of 13 hours, 2 minutes
125 Phoenix travel answers
55 Palm Springs travel answers
128 Venice Beach travel answers
19 Bakersfield travel answers
39 San Jose travel answers
66 Sonoma travel answers





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