Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Carmel 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.
10:00 am start in Carmel
drive for about 41 minutes
10:41 am Big Sur
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 12:41 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours
day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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10:00 am leave from Ballard Inn & Restaurant
drive for about 43 minutes
10:43 am Santa Barbara
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 12:43 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours
2:19 pm Santa Monica
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 6:19 pm
drive for about 26 minutes
day 2 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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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:
Post Ranch Inn
Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant
Coast Gallery & Cafe
Big Sur River 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
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
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?
Santa Monica (225 answers)
Santa Monica Pier (70 mentions)
Venice Beach Boardwalk (62 mentions)
Abbot Kinney (56 mentions)
Third Street Promenade (55 mentions)
LACMA (50 mentions)
restaurants around Santa Monica:
The Apple Pan
Joan's on Third Cafe
questions about Santa Monica:
Drinks in SM?
Fun things to do in Santa Monica?
Fun Santa Monica hotels under $400/night?
Good breakfast spot for a business meeting?
Avoiding sticker shock in Santa Monica
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.
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Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?
Trippy members suggest Gjelina, which was mentioned 44 times.
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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.
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