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Sacramento to Big Sur drive

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Sacramento to Big Sur road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sacramento to Big Sur. If you're planning a road trip to Big Sur, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am:  start in Sacramento
drive for about 59 minutes

10:59 am:  Jelly Belly Factory
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:59 am
drive for about 48 minutes

12:47 pm:  Oakland
eat at Chez Panisse
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:47 pm
drive for about 51 minutes

2:37 pm:  Mountain View
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:37 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:39 pm:  Moss Landing
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:39 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

6:33 pm:  arrive in Big Sur
eat at Nepenthe
stay at Fernwood Resort


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Sacramento, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Jelly Belly Factory  (3 mentions)
Oakland  (47 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:
        What is Oakland like?
        First time in Oakland with 1 day to explore
        Best free things to do in Oakland?
        A good neighborhood in Oakland for rental?
        Best bites to eat in Oakland?
Mountain View  (13 answers)
    Googleplex  (5 mentions)
    Stanford University  (4 mentions)
    Facebook Inc.  (3 mentions)
    Portola Redwoods State Park  (2 mentions)
    Facebook  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Mountain View:
        Evvia Estiatorio
        Pampas
        Pizzeria Delfina
        Fu Lam Mum
    questions about Mountain View:
        What's the best neighborhood in Mountain View for a first time visitor?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Mountain View?
        What are some hidden gems in Mountain View?
Moss Landing  (4 answers)
    Elkhorn Slough  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Moss Landing:
        Phil's Fish Market & Eatery




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Big Sur, California.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




Where's the best place to stay in Big Sur?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Big Sur.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Fernwood Resort, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Deetjen's Big Sur Inn  (2 mentions)
Ventana Inn & Spa  (2 mentions)
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Big Sur? Click the blue button below.






Where's the best place to eat in Big Sur?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Nepenthe, which was mentioned 33 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Post Ranch Inn  (11 mentions)
Coast Gallery & Cafe  (4 mentions)
Big Sur River Inn  (3 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in Big Sur?

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:

McWay Falls  (16 mentions)
Pfeiffer State Beach  (9 mentions)
Pfeiffer Beach  (6 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 Big Sur. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Carolyn Bellinson from Detroit asked:
Whats the best hike in Big Sur? Best beach?  (4 answers)

 Shawn Duffy from Presidio asked:
First-come, first-serve camping sites in Big Sur?  (1 answer)

 Jennifer Ostrow from asked:
how far is the drive to sequoia national aprk  (1 answer)

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






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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 218 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 45 minutes
37 Sacramento travel answers
47 Oakland travel answers
13 Mountain View travel answers
4 Moss Landing travel answers
198 Big Sur travel answers





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