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Santa Fe to Sacramento drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets


Santa Fe to Sacramento road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Santa Fe to Sacramento. If you're planning a road trip to Sacramento, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Santa Fe and Sacramento. 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 Santa Fe
drive for about 3 hours

12:56 pm  Gallup
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:56 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:32 pm  Petrified Forest National Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:32 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:37 pm  Sedona
stay overnight at Enchantment Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Enchantment Resort
drive for about 3 hours

12:50 pm  Kingman
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:50 pm
drive for about 3 hours

4:52 pm  Barstow
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 3

8:00 am  leave from Barstow
drive for about 5 hours

12:59 pm  Sequoia National Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:59 pm
drive for about 5 hours

7:02 pm  Yosemite National Park
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 9:02 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:23 am (past midnight)  arrive in Sacramento

day 3 driving ≈ 13.5 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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?

Gallup  (5 answers)
Petrified Forest National Park  (6 answers)
    Petrified Forest National Park  (2 mentions)
Sedona  (73 answers)
    Chapel of the Holy Cross  (4 mentions)
    Slide Rock State Park  (4 mentions)
    Oak Creek Canyon  (3 mentions)
    Bell Rock Trail  (3 mentions)
    Devils Bridge  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Sedona:
        Elote Cafe
    hotels around Sedona:
        Enchantment Resort
    questions about Sedona:
        Best things to do in Sedona besides hiking?
        Nature Lover in Sedona
        Vortex Hike/ Sound healing
        Best hikes and natural swimming holes
        Going on a roadtrip to Sedona, AZ. Is taking I-10 better route?
Kingman  (10 answers)
Barstow  (12 answers)
    restaurants around Barstow:
        Del Taco
    questions about Barstow:
        What's the best neighborhood in Barstow for a first time visitor?
Sequoia National Park  (17 mentions)
    questions about Sequoia National Park:
        Only one day to spend in Sequoia National Park. What is a must see?
Yosemite National Park  (95 mentions)
    questions about Yosemite National Park:
        First time visit, how many days should i spend in the park?
        Is Yosemite worth camping/visiting in the spring?
        Best family activities 2 day trip to Yosemite?
        Last-minute trip to Yosemite this weekend
        You have a day to explore Yosemite. What do you HAVE to see?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Sacramento, California.

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



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  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  Tracy from Hawaii Kai, Hawaii asked:
Places to see in Gold Rush Country enroute from Sacramento  (2 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Sacramento?  (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 Fe 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 Fe to Sacramento. Or get a full Santa Fe 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 Fe well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Santa Fe!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,152 miles
driving time of 18 hours, 21 minutes
Sacramento is 1 hour behind Santa Fe
86 Santa Fe travel answers
5 Gallup travel answers
6 Petrified Forest National Park travel answers
73 Sedona travel answers
10 Kingman travel answers
12 Barstow travel answers
39 Sacramento travel answers





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