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San Francisco to Santa Rosa (California) drive

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  San Francisco
 Golden Gate Bridge
 Best Western Garden Inn
   Santa Rosa (California) 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Francisco to Santa Rosa (California) road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to Santa Rosa (California). If you're planning a road trip to Santa Rosa (California), you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Francisco and Santa Rosa (California). Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between San Francisco and Santa Rosa (California). 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 San Francisco
drive for about 13 minutes

10:13 am  Golden Gate Bridge
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 11:43 am
drive for about 17 minutes

12:00 pm  Larkspur
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:00 pm
drive for about 20 minutes

1:20 pm  Novato
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:20 pm
drive for about 21 minutes

2:41 pm  Petaluma
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:41 pm
drive for about 24 minutes

4:05 pm  stay at Best Western Garden Inn
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:05 pm
drive for about 8 minutes

5:12 pm  arrive in Santa Rosa (California)
eat at Russian River Brewing Company

driving ≈ 1.5 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?

Golden Gate Bridge  (131 mentions)

Larkspur  (2 answers)
    Marin Headlands  (43 mentions)
    Muir Woods National Monument  (20 mentions)
    Mount Tamalpais  (13 mentions)
    Angel Island  (13 mentions)
    Angel Island  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Larkspur:
        Sam's Anchor Cafe
        Bar Bocce
        Sushi Ran
        Guaymas Restaurant
    hotels around Larkspur:
        Pelican Inn
        Cavallo Point

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

Petaluma  (8 answers)
    Lagunitas Brewing Company  (7 mentions)
    questions about Petaluma:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Petaluma?

Best Western Garden Inn

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Santa Rosa, California.

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

Where's the best place to eat in Santa Rosa (California)?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Russian River Brewing Company, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Joseph Swan Vineyards  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Santa Rosa (California)? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Santa Rosa (California)?

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:

Safari West  (3 mentions)
The Petrified Forest  (3 mentions)
Chateau St Jean Winery  (2 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 Rosa (California). Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Santa Rosa (California)?  (3 answers)

profile  Jane from Malibu asked:
Favorite brunch place?  (1 answer)

profile  Lisa from asked:
Can we drive from Windsor, CA to Mountainview Drive Santa Rosa via backroad  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Santa Rosa (California).

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 Rosa (California) to San Francisco drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of San Francisco? Try searching for places within 1 hour of San Francisco.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from San Francisco to Santa Rosa (California). Or get a full San Francisco to Santa Rosa (California) 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 55 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 10 minutes
606 San Francisco travel answers
2 Larkspur travel answers
8 Petaluma travel answers
19 Santa Rosa (California) travel answers


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