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Sacramento to Denver drive

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  Sacramento
 Reno
 Winnemucca
 Elko
 Wendover
 Salt Lake City
 Rock Springs
 Rawlins
 Fort Collins
2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Sacramento to Denver road trip planner

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

12:33 pm  Reno
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:33 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:56 pm  Winnemucca
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:56 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:44 pm  Elko
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Elko
drive for about 2 hours

11:45 am  Wendover
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:45 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:31 pm  Salt Lake City
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 4:01 pm
drive for about 3 hours

6:49 pm  Rock Springs
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Rock Springs
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:40 am  Rawlins
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:40 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:21 pm  Fort Collins
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:21 pm
drive for about 1 hour

5:30 pm  arrive in Denver
eat at Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
stay at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver

day 3 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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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?

Reno  (30 answers)
    Truckee River  (2 mentions)
    Peppermill Resort Spa Casino  (2 mentions)
    questions about Reno:
        What's the best neighborhood in Reno for a first time visitor?
        Dog-friendly hotels in Reno?

Winnemucca  (3 answers)

Elko  (5 answers)

Wendover

Salt Lake City  (63 answers)
    Temple Square  (8 mentions)
    Liberty Park  (5 mentions)
    Tracy Aviary  (3 mentions)
    Red Butte Garden & Arboretum  (2 mentions)
    The Beehive House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Salt Lake City:
        Red Iguana
        Maxwell's East Coast Eatery
        Pig and A Jelly Jar
    questions about Salt Lake City:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City?
        What's the best, cant-miss meal in Salt Lake City?
        Centrally-Located Hotels in Salt Lake City?
        Winter time activities in Salt Lake City
        Places to bar hop and night life in SLC?

Rock Springs  (2 answers)

Rawlins

Fort Collins  (18 answers)
    New Belgium Brewing  (2 mentions)
    Killer Rabbit  (2 mentions)
    White Balcony  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Fort Collins:
        Sonny Lubick Steakhouse
        Charco Broiler
    questions about Fort Collins:
        Gift certificate idea for a Fort Collins resident?
        Best steak houses in Fort Collins?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Fort Collins?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Denver, Colorado.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Denver?

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 Denver.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Crawford Hotel  (3 mentions)
Hotel Teatro  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Denver?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, which was mentioned 14 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Rioja  (9 mentions)
Acorn  (9 mentions)
Root Down  (7 mentions)
Bistro Vendome  (7 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Denver?

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:

Denver Botanic Gardens  (12 mentions)
Denver Art Museum  (11 mentions)
LoDo  (11 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 Denver. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Tatum from New Jersey asked:
Short, scenic drives from Denver?  (11 answers)

profile  Drew from Ojai asked:
Best resort for advanced skier?  (10 answers)

profile  Barbara from Cambridge (Massachusetts) asked:
Activites to do with children ages 7-11  (8 answers)

profile  Rebecca from asked:
Top 5 must see attractions in Denver?  (7 answers)

profile  Trevor from Los Angeles asked:
Restaurant for dinner near Coors Field?  (7 answers)

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




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 Denver 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 Denver. Or get a full Sacramento to Denver 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!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,164 miles
driving time of 17 hours, 10 minutes
Denver is 1 hour ahead of Sacramento
40 Sacramento travel answers
30 Reno travel answers
3 Winnemucca travel answers
5 Elko travel answers
1 Wendover travel answer
63 Salt Lake City travel answers
2 Rock Springs travel answers
1 Rawlins travel answer
18 Fort Collins travel answers
152 Denver travel answers





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