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Santa Cruz to Sacramento via Palo Alto

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Santa Cruz to Sacramento road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Santa Cruz to Sacramento. If you're planning a road trip to Sacramento, 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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11:00 am  start in Santa Cruz
drive for about 49 minutes

11:49 am  Palo Alto
eat at Evvia Estiatorio
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:49 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:57 pm  arrive in Sacramento

driving ≈ 3 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

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 Sacramento?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Ella Dining Room & Bar, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Rick's Dessert Diner  (2 mentions)
Delta King Hotel  (2 mentions)
The Rind  (2 mentions)
Mulvaney's B&L  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Sacramento?

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:

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 Sacramento. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Sacramento?  (13 answers)

profile  Peter from Munich asked:
Things to do and see in Sacramento  (6 answers)

profile  Debbie from San Francisco asked:
Hidden gems in Sacramento?  (6 answers)

profile  Evan from Virginia asked:
Me want food in Sacramento!  (5 answers)

profile  Jessica from asked:
Question about location for USA Outdoor Nationals  (2 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 Sacramento to Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz to Sacramento. Or get a full Santa Cruz to Sacramento 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 Santa Cruz well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Santa Cruz!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 161 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 44 minutes
85 Santa Cruz travel answers
17 Palo Alto travel answers
58 Sacramento travel answers





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