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Culver City to Oakland via Big Sur

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Culver City to Oakland road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Culver City to Oakland. If you're planning a road trip to Oakland, 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 Culver City
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:38 am  Santa Barbara
eat at McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 3:38 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:04 pm  Pismo Beach (California)
eat at Splash Cafe
stay overnight at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
drive for about 3 hours

1:06 pm  Big Sur
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 5:06 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:41 pm  arrive in Oakland
eat at Chez Panisse

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

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?

Pismo Beach (California)  (47 answers)
    Laetitia Vineyard & Winery  (3 mentions)
    San Luis Obispo Mission  (3 mentions)
    Edna Valley  (2 mentions)
    F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Pismo Beach (California):
        Splash Cafe
        Avila Valley Barn
    hotels around Pismo Beach (California):
        Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
        Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
        Seacrest Beach Resort

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:
        Nepenthe
        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


Where's the best place to eat in Oakland?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chez Panisse, which was mentioned 9 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Arinell Pizza Inc  (6 mentions)
The Trappist  (4 mentions)
Comal  (3 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Oakland?

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:

Lake Merritt  (16 mentions)
UC Berkeley  (8 mentions)
Jack London Square  (7 mentions)
Ici Ice Cream  (5 mentions)
College Ave  (5 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 Oakland. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Oakland?  (7 answers)

profile  Jack from England asked:
What is Oakland like?  (7 answers)

profile  Jillian from Los Angeles asked:
First time in Oakland with 1 day to explore  (7 answers)

profile  Sheldon from asked:
A good neighborhood in Oakland for rental?  (3 answers)

profile  Allie from Portland asked:
Best bites to eat in Oakland?  (2 answers)

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




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 Oakland to Culver City 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 Culver City to Oakland. Or get a full Culver City to Oakland 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 Culver City well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Culver City!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 444 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 7 minutes
30 Culver City travel answers
189 Santa Barbara travel answers
47 Pismo Beach (California) travel answers
203 Big Sur travel answers
57 Oakland travel answers





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