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Sacramento to Palm Springs drive

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Sacramento to Palm Springs road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sacramento to Palm Springs. If you're planning a road trip to Palm Springs, 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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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Sacramento
drive for about 2 hours

12:09 pm  Pea Soup Andersen's
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:09 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:46 pm  Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:46 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:42 pm  Bakersfield
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Bakersfield
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:32 am  Six Flags Magic Mountain
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:32 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:37 pm  Big Bear Lake
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:37 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:24 pm  arrive in Palm Springs
eat at Trio Restaurant
stay at Cheeky's

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Sacramento to Palm Springs.

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?

Pea Soup Andersen's  (2 mentions)
Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant  (5 mentions)
Bakersfield  (13 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?
Six Flags Magic Mountain  (9 mentions)
Big Bear Lake  (11 answers)
    Snow Summit  (3 mentions)
    Big Bear Mountain  (2 mentions)
    Big Bear Mountain Brewery  (2 mentions)

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Palm Springs, California.

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

Where's the best place to stay in Palm Springs?

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 Palm Springs.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Cheeky's, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Viceroy Palm Springs  (4 mentions)
Ace Hotel  (4 mentions)

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

Where's the best place to eat in Palm Springs?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Trio Restaurant, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Jake's  (3 mentions)
Workshop Kitchen + Bar  (3 mentions)
Bar  (3 mentions)

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

What are some things to do in Palm Springs?

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:

Indian Canyons  (4 mentions)
Trina Turk  (3 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 Palm Springs. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Jillian Geer from Los Angeles asked:
Best hotel pools in Palm Springs?  (7 answers)

 Bailey Gordon from Los Angeles asked:
Cheap eats/activities  (4 answers)

 Nalin Mello from Cypress asked:
Quick weekend gataway this winter  (3 answers)

 Claire Esposito from San Diego asked:
Moderately priced restaurants  (2 answers)

 Amanda Tong from Hermosa Beach asked:
Bachelorette Party Ideas - Spa, Restaurant, Night Out  (2 answers)

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

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 Palm Springs 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 Palm Springs. Or get a full Sacramento to Palm Springs 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 489 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 38 minutes
37 Sacramento travel answers
13 Bakersfield travel answers
11 Big Bear Lake travel answers
44 Palm Springs travel answers

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