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San Francisco to Palm Springs drive

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  San Francisco
 Livermore
 Pea Soup Andersen's
 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
 Bakersfield
 Six Flags Magic Mountain
 Anaheim
   Palm Springs 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Francisco to Palm Springs road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to Palm Springs. If you're planning a road trip to Palm Springs, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Francisco and Palm Springs. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between San Francisco and Palm Springs. 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 San Francisco
drive for about 48 minutes

11:48 am  Livermore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:48 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:06 pm  eat at Pea Soup Andersen's
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:06 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:43 pm  eat at Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Coalinga
drive for about 2 hours

11:56 am  Bakersfield
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:56 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:28 pm  eat at Six Flags Magic Mountain
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:28 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:43 pm  Anaheim
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:43 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:14 pm  arrive in Palm Springs
eat at Trio Restaurant
stay at Cheeky's

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Francisco, 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?

Livermore  (10 answers)
    Hacienda Crossings  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Livermore:
        Concannon Vineyard

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)

Anaheim  (33 answers)
    Disneyland  (42 mentions)
    Disney's California Adventure  (11 mentions)
    Knott's Berry Farm  (10 mentions)
    Disneyland Park  (6 mentions)
    Downtown Disney District  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Anaheim:
        House of Blues
        Roy's Hawaiian Fusion
        Playground
        The Packing House
        Anepalco's Cafe
    questions about Anaheim:
        Disneyland Fireworks - best place to see them NOT at the park
        Hotel near Disneyland
        What is your favorite restaurant in Anaheim?
        Anaheim food & drink (for grown-ups)?
        Traveling with teenagers, look for cool places to stay stop along the way.


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!

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

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

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

profile  Claire from San Diego asked:
Mid-range hotels  (2 answers)

profile  miss from Los Angeles asked:
What to do in palm springs in November?  (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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco to Palm Springs. Or get a full San Francisco 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 San Francisco well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Francisco!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 487 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 21 minutes
606 San Francisco travel answers
10 Livermore travel answers
13 Bakersfield travel answers
33 Anaheim travel answers
47 Palm Springs travel answers





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