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Sonoma to Phoenix drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Sonoma to Phoenix road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sonoma to Phoenix. If you're planning a road trip to Phoenix, 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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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Sonoma
drive for about 1.5 hours

10:36 am  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:36 am
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:04 pm  eat at Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:04 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:01 pm  Bakersfield
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:01 pm
drive for about 2 hours

8:02 pm  Griffith Observatory
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8 hours

 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Griffith Observatory
drive for about 2 hours

11:08 am  Palm Springs
eat at Cheeky's
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:08 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:04 pm  Ehrenberg
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:04 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:10 pm  Vulture Mine
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:10 pm
drive for about 1 hour

7:19 pm  arrive in Phoenix
eat at Chelsea's Kitchen
stay at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

San Jose  (39 answers)
    The Tech Museum of Innovation  (3 mentions)
    San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
    Santana Row  (3 mentions)
    Winchester Mystery House  (2 mentions)
    California's Great America  (2 mentions)
    questions about San Jose:
        What's the best neighborhood in San Jose for a first time visitor?
        Hotels with airport parking in San Jose
        Best missions to see & other good activities for kids
        Neighborhood for young professional in San Jose
        Free things to do in San Jose?

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant  (5 mentions)

Bakersfield  (19 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?

Griffith Observatory  (62 mentions)

Palm Springs  (55 answers)
    Palm Springs Art Museum  (4 mentions)
    Indian Canyons  (4 mentions)
    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  (3 mentions)
    Trina Turk  (3 mentions)
    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Palm Springs:
        Cheeky's
        Trio Restaurant
        Jake's
        Workshop Kitchen + Bar
        Bar
        Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs
    questions about Palm Springs:
        Best hotel pools in Palm Springs?
        Cheap eats/activities
        Quick weekend gataway this winter
        What to do in palm springs in November?
        Moderately priced restaurants

Ehrenberg

Vulture Mine


Where's the best place to stay in Phoenix?

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 Phoenix.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

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




Where's the best place to eat in Phoenix?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chelsea's Kitchen, which was mentioned 6 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

SunUp Brewing Co  (3 mentions)
The Parlor Pizzeria  (3 mentions)
The Clever Koi  (2 mentions)
Crudo  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Phoenix?

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:

Piestewa Peak  (3 mentions)
Phoenix Art Museum  (2 mentions)
Bunky Boutique  (2 mentions)
Frances  (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 Phoenix. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Phoenix?  (21 answers)

profile  Kenneth from Portland asked:
Food and things to see in Phoenix and Tucson  (9 answers)

profile  Dea from New York City asked:
Best restaurants in Phoenix?  (9 answers)

profile  Katie from Columbus asked:
Popular neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix?  (6 answers)

profile  Hillary from Atlanta asked:
Where are the best free things to do in Phoenix?  (5 answers)

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




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 Phoenix to Sonoma 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 Sonoma to Phoenix. Or get a full Sonoma to Phoenix 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 Sonoma well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Sonoma!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 781 miles
driving time of 11 hours, 12 minutes
Phoenix is the same time as Sonoma
66 Sonoma travel answers
39 San Jose travel answers
19 Bakersfield travel answers
55 Palm Springs travel answers
1 Ehrenberg travel answer
125 Phoenix travel answers





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