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Alameda to Solvang via Big Sur

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Alameda to Solvang road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Alameda to Solvang. If you're planning a road trip to Solvang, 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

11:00 am  start in Alameda
drive for about 2.5 hours

1:32 pm  Big Sur
stay overnight at Fernwood Resort
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Fernwood Resort
drive for about 3 hours

2:02 pm  Pismo Beach (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:02 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

3:57 pm  arrive in Solvang
stay at Ballard Inn & Restaurant

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Big Sur  (203 answers)
    Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park  (22 mentions)
    McWay Falls  (16 mentions)
    Pfeiffer State Beach  (9 mentions)
    Pfeiffer Beach  (6 mentions)
    Andrew Molera State Park  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Big Sur:
        Nepenthe
        Post Ranch Inn
        Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant
        Coast Gallery & Cafe
        Big Sur River Inn
    hotels around Big Sur:
        Fernwood Resort
        Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
        Ventana Inn & Spa
        Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
    questions about Big Sur:
        Whats the best hike in Big Sur? Best beach?
        First-come, first-serve camping sites in Big Sur?
        how far is the drive to sequoia national aprk

Pismo Beach (California)  (47 answers)
    Laetitia Vineyard & Winery  (3 mentions)
    San Luis Obispo Mission  (3 mentions)
    Edna Valley  (2 mentions)
    F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Pismo Beach (California):
        Splash Cafe
        Avila Valley Barn


Where's the best place to stay in Solvang?

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 Solvang.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Ballard Inn & Restaurant, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

HOTEL CORQUE  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Solvang?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Industrial Eats  (3 mentions)
Panino  (2 mentions)
Petros  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Solvang?

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:

Firestone Vineyard  (3 mentions)
Fess Parker Winery  (3 mentions)
R Country Market  (2 mentions)
Blackjack Ranch  (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 Solvang. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Johnny from Las Vegas asked:
What to do in Solvang... good places to stay, eat, etc.  (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 Solvang to Alameda 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 Alameda to Solvang. Or get a full Alameda to Solvang 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 309 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 56 minutes
3 Alameda travel answers
203 Big Sur travel answers
47 Pismo Beach (California) travel answers
46 Solvang travel answers





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