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Daly City to Culver City via Big Sur

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Daly City to Culver City road trip planner

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

11:00 am  start in Daly City
drive for about 2.5 hours

1:32 pm  Big Sur
stay overnight at Fernwood Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Fernwood Resort
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:24 pm  Solvang
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:24 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:20 pm  Malibu
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 5:50 pm
drive for about 42 minutes

6:32 pm  arrive in Culver City
eat at Gjelina
stay at Shutters On the Beach

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

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
    hotels around Big Sur:
        Fernwood Resort
        Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
        Ventana Inn & Spa
        Deetjen's Big Sur 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
        Industrial Eats
        Panino
        Petros
    questions about Solvang:
        What to do in Solvang... good places to stay, eat, etc.

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?


Where's the best place to stay in Culver City?

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 Culver City.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Shutters On the Beach, which was mentioned 36 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Erwin  (30 mentions)
Shade Hotel  (20 mentions)
The Huntley Hotel  (15 mentions)
Chateau Marmont  (13 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Culver City? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Culver City?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Gjelina, which was mentioned 44 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

MB Post  (39 mentions)
Simmzy's  (22 mentions)
Fishing with Dynamite  (16 mentions)
North End Caffe  (14 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Culver City?

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:

Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
Hollywood  (54 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 Culver City. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Ali from Culver City asked:
Best sushi in Culver City?  (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 Culver City to Daly 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 Daly City to Culver City. Or get a full Daly City to Culver City 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 Daly City well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Daly City!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 449 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 5 minutes
5 Daly City travel answers
203 Big Sur travel answers
46 Solvang travel answers
66 Malibu travel answers
30 Culver City travel answers





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