Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Big Sur to Malibu. If you're planning a road trip to Malibu, 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.
8:00 am start in Big Sur
drive for about 1 hour
9:14 am Hearst Castle
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 11:44 am
drive for about 55 minutes
4:49 pm Solvang
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:49 pm
drive for about 43 minutes
6:32 pm Santa Barbara
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 8:32 pm
drive for about 1 hour
driving ≈ 5 hours
Hearst Castle (101 mentions)
San Luis Obispo (122 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:
Novo Restaurant & Lounge
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 (46 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
hotels around Solvang:
Ballard Inn & Restaurant
questions about Solvang:
What to do in Solvang... good places to stay, eat, etc.
Santa Barbara (189 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
hotels around Santa Barbara:
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
San Ysidro Ranch
El Encanto Hotel
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?
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 Malibu.
If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Malibu Beach Inn, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.
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Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?
Trippy members suggest Nobu Malibu, which was mentioned 15 times.
Here are some more restaurants people talk about:
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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:
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