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Sacramento to Tampa via Santa Fe (New Mexico)

driving   /   6 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Sacramento to Tampa road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sacramento to Tampa. If you're planning a road trip to Tampa, 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.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Sacramento
drive for about 4.5 hours

3:25 pm  Bakersfield
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Bakersfield
drive for about 8 hours

5:51 pm  Sedona
eat at Elote Cafe
stay overnight at Enchantment Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Enchantment Resort
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:18 pm  Santa Fe (New Mexico)
stay overnight at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
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 Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
drive for about 9.5 hours

7:37 pm  Fort Worth
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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 Day 5

9:00 am  leave from Fort Worth
drive for about 10 hours

7:02 pm  Mobile
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 10 hours
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 Day 6

10:00 am  leave from Mobile
drive for about 7.5 hours

5:44 pm  arrive in Tampa
eat at Ulele
stay at Columbia Restaurant

day 6 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Bakersfield  (19 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?

Sedona  (87 answers)
    Chapel of the Holy Cross  (4 mentions)
    Slide Rock State Park  (4 mentions)
    Oak Creek Canyon  (3 mentions)
    Bell Rock Trail  (3 mentions)
    Devils Bridge  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Sedona:
        Elote Cafe
    hotels around Sedona:
        Enchantment Resort
    questions about Sedona:
        Best things to do in Sedona besides hiking?
        Nature Lover in Sedona
        Vortex Hike/ Sound healing
        Best hikes and natural swimming holes
        Going on a roadtrip to Sedona, AZ. Is taking I-10 better route?

Santa Fe (New Mexico)  (110 answers)
    Santa Fe Plaza  (5 mentions)
    Georgia O'Keeffe Museum  (4 mentions)
    Loretto Chapel  (4 mentions)
    Museum Of International Folk Art  (3 mentions)
    El Farol  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Fe (New Mexico):
        The Shed
        Cafe Pasqual's
        Tia Sophia's
        La Boca
        Coyote Cafe
    hotels around Santa Fe (New Mexico):
        Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
        La Fonda Hotel
        Ten Thousand Waves
        Inn and Spa at Loretto
    questions about Santa Fe (New Mexico):
        Best free things to do in Santa Fe?
        Hotels in Santa Fe with spa?
        Wine lover's Santa Fe?
        Top 5 things to do as a family!

Fort Worth  (37 answers)
    Kimbell Art Museum  (9 mentions)
    Fort Worth Zoo  (5 mentions)
    Billy Bob's Texas  (5 mentions)
    Amon Carter Museum of American Art  (5 mentions)
    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Fort Worth:
        Joe T. Garcia's
        Love Shack
    questions about Fort Worth:
        Best free things to do in Fort Worth?
        Best neighborhoods for 20 somethings to live

Mobile  (23 answers)
    questions about Mobile:
        Bus pickup/drop off location?
        Restaurants


Where's the best place to stay in Tampa?

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 Tampa.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Columbia Restaurant, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Tampa?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Ulele, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Piquant Hyde Park  (3 mentions)
Oxford Exchange  (2 mentions)
Bern's Steak House  (2 mentions)
Ava  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Tampa?

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:

Busch Gardens Tampa  (5 mentions)
Bayshore Blvd  (4 mentions)
Tampa Riverwalk  (4 mentions)
South Howard Ave  (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 Tampa. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Tampa?  (12 answers)

profile  Catherine from Chapel Hill asked:
Best new restaurants in Tampa?  (7 answers)

profile  Jennifer from Culver City asked:
Popular areas in Tampa for shopping?  (7 answers)

profile  Avery from Berkeley asked:
Beaches around Tampa  (5 answers)

profile  Katie from Columbus asked:
Weekend ideas for a first timer in Tampa  (5 answers)

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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 Tampa 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 Tampa. Or get a full Sacramento to Tampa 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 2,937 miles
driving time of 44 hours, 43 minutes
58 Sacramento travel answers
19 Bakersfield travel answers
87 Sedona travel answers
110 Santa Fe (New Mexico) travel answers
37 Fort Worth travel answers
23 Mobile travel answers
69 Tampa travel answers





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