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Sacramento to Iowa drive

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  Sacramento
 Reno
 Elko
 Salt Lake City
 Rock Springs
 Laramie
 North Platte
 Omaha
   Iowa 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Sacramento to Iowa road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sacramento to Iowa. If you're planning a road trip to Iowa, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Sacramento and Iowa. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Sacramento and Iowa. 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 4 hours

5:40 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 3.5 hours

1:18 pm  Salt Lake City
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 2:48 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:36 pm  Rock Springs
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Rock Springs
drive for about 3 hours

12:58 pm  Laramie
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:58 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:40 pm  North Platte
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from North Platte
drive for about 4 hours

2:00 pm  Omaha
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:00 pm
drive for about 3 hours

6:13 pm  arrive at Iowa

day 4 driving ≈ 7 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?

Elko  (5 answers)

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)

Laramie  (6 answers)
    questions about Laramie:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laramie?

North Platte  (2 answers)

Omaha  (17 answers)
    Henry Doorly Zoo  (8 mentions)
    Joslyn Art Museum  (3 mentions)
    Lauritzen Gardens  (2 mentions)
    The Durham Museum  (2 mentions)
    Omaha Children's Museum  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Omaha:
        M's Pub
        Stokes Grill & Bar Wood Fired Foods
        801 Chophouse at The Paxton
        Lo Sole Mio Ristorante
    questions about Omaha:
        Best free things to do in Omaha?
        Dog friendly hotels


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Iowa (IA).

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


What are some things to do in Iowa?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

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!

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




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 Iowa 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 Iowa. Or get a full Sacramento to Iowa 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 1,757 miles
driving time of 25 hours, 21 minutes
Iowa is 2 hours ahead of Sacramento
40 Sacramento travel answers
30 Reno travel answers
5 Elko travel answers
63 Salt Lake City travel answers
2 Rock Springs travel answers
6 Laramie travel answers
2 North Platte travel answers
17 Omaha travel answers
7 Iowa travel answers





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