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Big Sur to Los Angeles via Bishop (California)

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Big Sur to Los Angeles road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Big Sur to Los Angeles. If you're planning a road trip to Los Angeles, 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

10:00 am  start in Big Sur
drive for about 3 hours

12:48 pm  Merced
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:48 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:14 pm  Yosemite National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Yosemite National Park
drive for about 2 hours

11:00 am  Bishop (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:00 pm
drive for about 3 hours

2:50 pm  Red Rock Canyon State Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:50 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:28 pm  Santa Clarita
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:28 pm
drive for about 40 minutes

7:08 pm  arrive in Los Angeles
eat at Gjelina
stay at Shutters On the Beach

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Big Sur to Los Angeles questions

profile  Leslie asked:
trip from los angeles to Big Sur and back  (1 answer)

profile  Louise from Los Angeles asked:
How Does One Get to Big Sur Via Train and How Does One Get Around?  (4 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

Merced  (5 answers)

Yosemite National Park  (105 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?
        Places to stay in Yosemite?
        Last-minute trip to Yosemite this weekend

Bishop (California)  (7 answers)
    Lake Sabrina  (2 mentions)

Red Rock Canyon State Park

Santa Clarita  (8 answers)
    restaurants around Santa Clarita:
        Six Flags Magic Mountain
    questions about Santa Clarita:
        What's the best neighborhood in Santa Clarita for a first time visitor?


Where's the best place to stay in Los Angeles?

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 Los Angeles.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in Los Angeles to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Shutters On the Beach, which was mentioned 36 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Erwin  (30 mentions)
The Standard Downtown LA  (20 mentions)
Ace Hotel Los Angeles  (17 mentions)
The Huntley Hotel  (15 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Los Angeles?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Gjelina, which was mentioned 44 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Perch  (25 mentions)
Bottega Louie  (18 mentions)
Grand Central Market  (16 mentions)
Bestia  (15 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Los Angeles?

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:

Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
Third Street Promenade  (55 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 Los Angeles. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Michelle from Mesa asked:
Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?  (27 answers)

profile  Maxime from Los Angeles asked:
What's your favorite burger in L.A?  (26 answers)

profile  Clement from Singapore asked:
Free things to do in Los Angeles?  (24 answers)

profile  Steph from asked:
Area an hour away from LAX airport  (22 answers)

profile  Bianca from Miami asked:
What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?  (20 answers)

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




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 Los Angeles to Big Sur 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 Big Sur to Los Angeles. Or get a full Big Sur to Los Angeles 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 620 miles
driving time of 11 hours, 49 minutes
206 Big Sur travel answers
5 Merced travel answers
7 Bishop (California) travel answers
8 Santa Clarita travel answers
648 Los Angeles travel answers





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