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Alameda to San Luis Obispo drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Alameda to San Luis Obispo road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Alameda to San Luis Obispo. If you're planning a road trip to San Luis Obispo, 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 Alameda
drive for about 46 minutes

10:46 am  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:46 am
drive for about 1 hour

12:51 pm  San Juan Bautista
eat at Vertigo Coffee
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:51 pm
drive for about 48 minutes

2:39 pm  Pinnacles National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:39 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:03 pm  Villicana Winery
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:03 pm
drive for about 40 minutes

6:43 pm  arrive in San Luis Obispo
eat at Firestone Grill
stay at The Madonna Inn

driving ≈ 4.5 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?

San Juan Bautista  (5 answers)
    Mission San Juan Bautista  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around San Juan Bautista:
        Vertigo Coffee

Pinnacles National Park  (2 mentions)
    questions about Pinnacles National Park:
        Best hikes in Pinnacles National Park?

Villicana Winery  (5 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in San Luis Obispo?

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 San Luis Obispo.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Madonna Inn, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Seacrest Beach Resort  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in San Luis Obispo? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in San Luis Obispo?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Firestone Grill, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Bello Mundo  (3 mentions)
Splash Cafe  (2 mentions)
Avila Valley Barn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in San Luis Obispo? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in San Luis Obispo?

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:

Bishop Peak  (4 mentions)
Edna Valley  (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 San Luis Obispo. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Bharat from Dallas, Texas asked:
Lodging  (5 answers)

profile  Tracy from Portland, Oregon asked:
Exploring SLO in March to scout moving there - what should I check out?  (5 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?  (3 answers)

profile  Debbie from San Francisco asked:
Where to stay outside of San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly graduation  (3 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 San Luis Obispo to Alameda drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Alameda? Try searching for places within 4 hours of Alameda.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Alameda to San Luis Obispo. Or get a full Alameda to San Luis Obispo 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 Alameda well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Alameda!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 222 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 44 minutes
3 Alameda travel answers
39 San Jose travel answers
5 San Juan Bautista travel answers
122 San Luis Obispo travel answers





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