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Big Sur to Mill Valley (California) via Carmel By the Sea

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Big Sur to Mill Valley (California) road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Big Sur to Mill Valley (California). If you're planning a road trip to Mill Valley (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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11:00 am  start in Big Sur
drive for about 41 minutes

11:41 am  Carmel By the Sea
eat at Passionfish
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:41 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:13 pm  arrive in Mill Valley (California)
stay at Pelican Inn

driving ≈ 3 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Carmel By the Sea  (69 answers)
    Monterey Bay Aquarium  (41 mentions)
    Pebble Beach  (21 mentions)
    Point Lobos  (9 mentions)
    Point Lobos State Reserve  (8 mentions)
    17-Mile Drive  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Carmel By the Sea:
        Katy's Place
        Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant
        Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
        Old Fisherman's Grotto
    hotels around Carmel By the Sea:
        Mission Ranch Hotel
        Lodge at Pebble Beach
        Seven Gables Inn
        Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
        La Playa Hotel Carmel-By-The-Sea
    questions about Carmel By the Sea:
        Romantic restaurant and hotel in Carmel
        Things to do that'll interest 17-year-old brother

Where's the best place to stay in Mill Valley (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 Mill Valley (California).

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Pelican Inn, which was mentioned 8 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Cavallo Point  (4 mentions)
Hotel Del Sol  (2 mentions)

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

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

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Buena Vista Cafe, which was mentioned 9 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Gary Danko  (6 mentions)
Greens Restaurant  (6 mentions)
A16  (6 mentions)
Scoma's Restaurant  (5 mentions)

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

What are some things to do in Mill Valley (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:

Golden Gate Bridge  (130 mentions)
Alcatraz  (85 mentions)
Lands End  (45 mentions)
Marin Headlands  (43 mentions)
Golden Gate Bridge  (39 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!

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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 Mill Valley (California) 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 Mill Valley (California). Or get a full Big Sur to Mill Valley (California) flight plan.

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 155 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 17 minutes
203 Big Sur travel answers
69 Carmel By the Sea travel answers
9 Mill Valley (California) travel answers


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