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Santa Cruz to Sacramento via San Francisco

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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10:00 am  start in Santa Cruz
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:25 am  San Francisco
eat at Ike's Place
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 3:25 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:02 pm  arrive in Sacramento
eat at Ella Dining Room & Bar

driving ≈ 3 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

San Francisco  (630 answers)
    Golden Gate Bridge  (130 mentions)
    Golden Gate Park  (112 mentions)
    Alcatraz  (85 mentions)
    Fisherman's Wharf  (82 mentions)
    Union Square  (79 mentions)
    restaurants around San Francisco:
        Ike's Place
        Swan Oyster Depot
        Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
        Kokkari Estiatorio
        Tartine bakery
    hotels around San Francisco:
        Top of the Mark
        Hotel Vitale
        The Fairmont San Francisco
        San Francisco Marriott Marquis
        Cavallo Point
    questions about San Francisco:
        Best seafood restaurant in S.F.?
        What are the top 5 can't miss tourist attractions in S.F.?
        What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?
        Best activities for kids
        Best views in San Francisco?


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?  (12 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)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Sacramento.




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 160 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 44 minutes
85 Santa Cruz travel answers
630 San Francisco travel answers
58 Sacramento travel answers





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