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Cathedral City to Santa Barbara drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Cathedral City to Santa Barbara road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Cathedral City to Santa Barbara. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Barbara, 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 Cathedral City
drive for about 2 hours

11:53 am  Big Bear Lake
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:53 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:29 pm  Mt Baldy
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:29 pm
drive for about 46 minutes

4:15 pm  Pasadena
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Pasadena
drive for about 1 hour

12:05 pm  Malibu
eat at Nobu Malibu
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 1:35 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:41 pm  Ojai
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:41 pm
drive for about 46 minutes

4:27 pm  arrive in Santa Barbara
stay at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

day 2 driving ≈ 3 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Big Bear Lake  (10 answers)
    Snow Summit  (3 mentions)
    Big Bear Mountain  (2 mentions)
    Big Bear Mountain Brewery  (2 mentions)

Mt Baldy  (5 answers)
    Bridge to Nowhere  (2 mentions)
    questions about Mt Baldy:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Mt Baldy?

Pasadena  (31 answers)
    The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens  (17 mentions)
    Echo Park  (10 mentions)
    Rose Bowl Stadium  (10 mentions)
    Dodger Stadium  (9 mentions)
    Descanso Gardens  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Pasadena:
        Cacao Mexicatessen
        El Tepeyac CafĂ©
        King Taco Restaurant
        The Oinkster
        Tops
    questions about Pasadena:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Pasadena?
        Best free things to do in Pasadena?

Malibu  (66 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?

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


Where's the best place to stay in Santa Barbara?

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 Santa Barbara.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, which was mentioned 15 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Isla Vista  (2 mentions)
San Ysidro Ranch  (2 mentions)
El Encanto Hotel  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Santa Barbara? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Santa Barbara?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

La Super-Rica Taqueria  (5 mentions)
The Palace Grill  (4 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Santa Barbara? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Santa Barbara?

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:

Butterfly Beach  (7 mentions)
Bacara Resort & Spa  (6 mentions)
Hendry's Beach  (4 mentions)
Stearns Wharf  (4 mentions)
The Funk Zone  (4 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 Santa Barbara. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Veronica from San Francisco asked:
Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?  (9 answers)

profile  Kay from Vermont asked:
Bachelorette Weekend Getaway in Santa Barbara  (6 answers)

profile  Darren from Jersey City asked:
Best Beach in Santa Barbara?  (5 answers)

profile  Stephanie from Venice Beach asked:
24 hours in Santa Barbara, what do I have to see/eat/do?  (5 answers)

profile  Valerie from asked:
How far from santa barbara to palm springs and PS to Phoenix?  (1 answer)

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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 Santa Barbara to Cathedral City drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Cathedral City? Try searching for places within 4 hours of Cathedral City.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Cathedral City to Santa Barbara. Or get a full Cathedral City to Santa Barbara 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 Cathedral City well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Cathedral City!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 211 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 41 minutes
10 Big Bear Lake travel answers
5 Mt Baldy travel answers
31 Pasadena travel answers
66 Malibu travel answers
16 Ojai travel answers
189 Santa Barbara travel answers





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