Trippy
 
  Questions  
Drive      Fly      Stay      Login    Signup

Sacramento to Santa Cruz drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Sacramento to Santa Cruz road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sacramento to Santa Cruz. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Cruz, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

customize this trip

10:00 am  start in Sacramento
drive for about 36 minutes

10:36 am  Vacaville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:36 am
drive for about 32 minutes

12:08 pm  Napa
eat at ad hoc
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:08 pm
drive for about 53 minutes

2:01 pm  Oakland
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:01 pm
drive for about 41 minutes

3:42 pm  Livermore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:42 pm
drive for about 51 minutes

5:33 pm  Palo Alto
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:33 pm
drive for about 47 minutes

7:20 pm  arrive in Santa Cruz
eat at Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria

driving ≈ 4.5 hours


drive this trip in  


From:
To:
Depart:
Return:
Get:    
  Change your route
From:
To:
 
  Alternate route
Enter a city to drive through, or find all trips from Sacramento to Santa Cruz.
Via:
 

Where should I stop along the way?

Vacaville  (4 answers)

Napa  (85 answers)
    Domaine Carneros  (14 mentions)
    Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ  (11 mentions)
    Artesa Vineyards & Winery  (9 mentions)
    Napa Valley  (9 mentions)
    Oxbow Public Market  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Napa:
        ad hoc
        Domaine Chandon
        Redd
        Morimoto
        Pine Ridge Vineyards
    hotels around Napa:
        Bardessono
        Embassy Suites Napa Valley
        Cottages of Napa Valley
    questions about Napa:
        Other foodie things to do besides wine tasting
        Searching for an inexpensive and nice inn in Napa area
        Restaurants in Napa for girls outing?
        Limited time in Napa, help with my itinerary!
        Sightseeing in Napa?

Oakland  (57 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:
        Best free things to do in Oakland?
        What is Oakland like?
        First time in Oakland with 1 day to explore
        A good neighborhood in Oakland for rental?
        Best bites to eat in Oakland?

Livermore  (10 answers)
    Hacienda Crossings  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Livermore:
        Concannon Vineyard
    hotels around Livermore:
        Hyatt Place Dublin/Pleasanton

Palo Alto  (17 answers)
    Googleplex  (5 mentions)
    Stanford University  (4 mentions)
    Facebook Inc.  (3 mentions)
    Portola Redwoods State Park  (2 mentions)
    Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Palo Alto:
        Evvia Estiatorio
        Pampas
        Pizzeria Delfina
        Fu Lam Mum
    questions about Palo Alto:
        Great Restaurant for Groups?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Palo Alto?


Where's the best place to eat in Santa Cruz?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

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




What are some things to do in Santa Cruz?

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:

The Mystery Spot  (4 mentions)
Santa Cruz Beach  (4 mentions)
Seabright State Beach  (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 Santa Cruz. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Drew from Angelika Film Center & Cafe asked:
Activities during reunion in santa cruz  (4 answers)

profile  Allysia from Boston asked:
What are some must places to go to in Santa Cruz, CA  (2 answers)

profile  Paul from Redmond (Washington) asked:
Are there any good restaurants in Santa Cruz?  (2 answers)

profile  Lily from asked:
Names of beaches that aren't so crowded  (1 answer)

profile  Eddie from Bronx asked:
Best Things To Do In Santa Cruz?  (1 answer)

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




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 Santa Cruz 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 2.5 hours of Sacramento.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Sacramento to Santa Cruz. Or get a full Sacramento to Santa Cruz 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 146 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 22 minutes
58 Sacramento travel answers
4 Vacaville travel answers
85 Napa travel answers
57 Oakland travel answers
10 Livermore travel answers
17 Palo Alto travel answers
85 Santa Cruz travel answers





VIEW DETAILED MAP





   
Questions   ·   Destinations   ·   Drive   ·   Fly   ·   Airports   ·   Stay   ·   Search

Login   ·   About   ·   FAQ   ·   Feedback   ·   Privacy   ·   Terms