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Big Sur to Burbank (California) drive

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Big Sur to Burbank (California) road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Big Sur to Burbank (California). If you're planning a road trip to Burbank (California), 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 Big Sur
drive for about 1 hour

12:14 pm  Hearst Castle
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 2:44 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

3:39 pm  San Luis Obispo
stay overnight at The Madonna Inn
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from The Madonna Inn
drive for about 1 hour

10:10 am  Solvang
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:10 am
drive for about 43 minutes

11:52 am  Santa Barbara
eat at McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 1:52 pm
drive for about 46 minutes

2:39 pm  Ojai
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:39 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:45 pm  Malibu
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 6:15 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

7:10 pm  arrive in Burbank (California)
eat at Urth Caffe
stay at Chateau Marmont

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Hearst Castle  (101 mentions)

San Luis Obispo  (125 answers)
    Bishop Peak  (4 mentions)
    San Luis Obispo Mission  (3 mentions)
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo  (3 mentions)
    Edna Valley  (2 mentions)
    F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around San Luis Obispo:
        Firestone Grill
        Novo Restaurant & Lounge
        Bello Mundo
        Splash Cafe
        Avila Valley Barn
    hotels around San Luis Obispo:
        The Madonna Inn
        Madonna Inn Resort & Spa
        Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
        Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
        Seacrest Beach Resort
    questions about San Luis Obispo:
        What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?
        Exploring SLO in March to scout moving there - what should I check out?
        Where to stay outside of San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly graduation

Solvang  (47 answers)
    Firestone Vineyard  (3 mentions)
    Fess Parker Winery  (3 mentions)
    R Country Market  (2 mentions)
    Blackjack Ranch  (2 mentions)
    Saarloos And Sons Tasting Room  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Solvang:
        Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe
        Olsen's Danish Village Bakery & Coffee Shop
        Industrial Eats
    questions about Solvang:
        What to do in Solvang... good places to stay, eat, etc.

Santa Barbara  (192 answers)
    Butterfly Beach  (7 mentions)
    Bacara Resort & Spa  (6 mentions)
    Hendry's Beach  (4 mentions)
    Stearns Wharf  (4 mentions)
    The Funk Zone  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Barbara:
        McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
        La Super-Rica Taqueria
        The Lark - Santa Barbara
        Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
        The Palace Grill
    questions about Santa Barbara:
        Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?
        Bachelorette Weekend Getaway in Santa Barbara
        Best Beach in Santa Barbara?
        24 hours in Santa Barbara, what do I have to see/eat/do?
        How far from santa barbara to palm springs and PS to Phoenix?

Ojai  (16 answers)
    restaurants around Ojai:
        The Deer Lodge
    questions about Ojai:
        Must-See Places During An Overnight In Ojai?

Malibu  (67 answers)
    Malibu Beach  (44 mentions)
    Zuma Beach  (22 mentions)
    Point Dume State Beach  (14 mentions)
    Malibu Country Mart  (12 mentions)
    El Matador State Beach  (12 mentions)
    restaurants around Malibu:
        Nobu Malibu
        Paradise Cove Cafe
        Malibu Seafood
        Geoffrey's Malibu
        Malibu Farm Cafe
    questions about Malibu:
        Places to eat in Malibu?
        Lunch recommendations near Getty Villa - Views? Kid Friendly?
        Wine tasting in Malibu?

Where's the best place to stay in Burbank (California)?

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 Burbank (California).

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Chateau Marmont, which was mentioned 13 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Farmer's Daughter Hotel  (11 mentions)
The Standard, Hollywood  (10 mentions)
W Hotel Hollywood  (7 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Burbank (California)? Click the blue button below.

Where's the best place to eat in Burbank (California)?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Urth Caffe, which was mentioned 13 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Joan's on Third Cafe  (12 mentions)
Pizzeria Mozza  (12 mentions)
Gracias Madre  (11 mentions)
Jitlada Restaurant  (11 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Burbank (California)? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Burbank (California)?

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:

Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
Hollywood  (54 mentions)
LACMA  (50 mentions)
The Grove  (44 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 Burbank (California). Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Burbank (California)?  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Burbank (California).

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 Burbank (California) to Big Sur drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Big Sur? Try searching for places within 5.5 hours of Big Sur.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Big Sur to Burbank (California). Or get a full Big Sur to Burbank (California) 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 Big Sur well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Big Sur!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 336 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 28 minutes
206 Big Sur travel answers
125 San Luis Obispo travel answers
47 Solvang travel answers
192 Santa Barbara travel answers
16 Ojai travel answers
67 Malibu travel answers
12 Burbank (California) travel answers


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