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Sacramento to San Rafael drive

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 Dixon (California)
 Jelly Belly Factory
   San Rafael 
driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV


Sacramento to San Rafael road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sacramento to San Rafael. If you're planning a road trip to San Rafael, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Sacramento and San Rafael. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Sacramento and San Rafael. Find the best hotels, restaurants, 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 23 minutes

10:23 am  Davis
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:23 am
drive for about 16 minutes

11:39 am  Dixon (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:39 pm
drive for about 16 minutes

12:55 pm  Vacaville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:55 pm
drive for about 18 minutes

2:14 pm  Jelly Belly Factory
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:14 pm
drive for about 23 minutes

3:36 pm  Vallejo
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:36 pm
drive for about 38 minutes

5:14 pm  Sonoma
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:14 pm
drive for about 24 minutes

6:38 pm  Novato
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:38 pm
drive for about 14 minutes

7:52 pm  arrive in San Rafael
eat at Sam's Anchor Cafe
stay at Pelican Inn

driving ≈ 3 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?


Dixon (California)

Vacaville  (4 answers)

Jelly Belly Factory  (3 mentions)

Vallejo  (4 answers)
    Vallejo Ferry Terminal  (2 mentions)

Sonoma  (65 answers)
    Domaine Carneros  (14 mentions)
    Ram's Gate Winery  (5 mentions)
    Scribe Winery  (4 mentions)
    Cline Cellars  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Sonoma:
        Fremont Diner
        Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
    questions about Sonoma:
        Must dos and good places to stay during June getaway to Sonoma
        Best Steak in Sonoma?

    Ram's Gate Winery  (5 mentions)
    China Camp State Park  (3 mentions)

Where's the best place to stay in San Rafael?

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 San Rafael.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Pelican Inn, which was mentioned 8 times on Trippy.

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

Where's the best place to eat in San Rafael?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Sam's Anchor Cafe, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Bar Bocce  (5 mentions)
Sushi Ran  (4 mentions)
Fish.  (3 mentions)
Guaymas Restaurant  (2 mentions)

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

What are some things to do in San Rafael?

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:

Mount Tamalpais  (13 mentions)
Mount Tamalpais  (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!

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

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 San Rafael to Sacramento drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Sacramento? Try searching for places within 1.5 hours of Sacramento.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Sacramento to San Rafael. Or get a full Sacramento to San Rafael 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 83 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 21 minutes
55 Sacramento travel answers
1 Davis travel answer
4 Vacaville travel answers
4 Vallejo travel answers
65 Sonoma travel answers


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