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San Francisco to Santa Ana drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets


San Francisco to Santa Ana road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to Santa Ana. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Ana, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Francisco and Santa Ana. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in San Francisco
drive for about 48 minutes

10:48 am  Livermore
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:48 am
drive for about 53 minutes

12:42 pm  Modesto
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:42 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

2:40 pm  Los Banos
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:40 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:05 pm  Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:37 am  Buttonwillow
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:37 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:23 pm  Six Flags Magic Mountain
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:23 pm
drive for about 49 minutes

4:12 pm  Los Angeles
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 6:12 pm
drive for about 41 minutes

6:53 pm  arrive in Santa Ana
eat at Mama D's Italy Kitchen
stay at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

day 2 driving ≈ 5 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
Modesto  (4 answers)
Los Banos
Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant  (5 mentions)
Buttonwillow
Six Flags Magic Mountain  (9 mentions)
Los Angeles  (574 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    restaurants around Los Angeles:
        Gjelina
        Perch
        Bottega Louie
        Grand Central Market
        Bestia
    questions about Los Angeles:
        Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?
        What's your favorite burger in L.A?
        Free things to do in Los Angeles?
        What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?
        Best restaurants in Los Angeles?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Santa Ana, California.

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



Where's the best place to stay in Santa Ana?

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 Santa Ana.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Anabella Hotel  (4 mentions)

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





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

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Mama D's Italy Kitchen, which was mentioned 2 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Pizzeria Mozza  (2 mentions)
Bear Flag Fish Company  (2 mentions)
The Packing House  (2 mentions)

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





What are some things to do in Santa Ana?

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:

Disneyland  (42 mentions)
Balboa Island  (8 mentions)
Disneyland Park  (6 mentions)
Balboa Island  (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!

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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 Santa Ana 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 Santa Ana. Or get a full San Francisco to Santa Ana 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!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 414 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 37 minutes
606 San Francisco travel answers
10 Livermore travel answers
4 Modesto travel answers
1 Los Banos travel answer
574 Los Angeles travel answers
4 Santa Ana travel answers





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