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Death Valley to Santa Barbara drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets


Death Valley to Santa Barbara road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Death Valley to Santa Barbara. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Barbara, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Death Valley and Santa Barbara. 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 at Death Valley
drive for about 42 minutes

11:42 am  Death Valley National Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:42 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:36 pm  Red Rock Canyon State Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2.5 hours

 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Red Rock Canyon State Park
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:26 pm  Vasquez Rocks
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:26 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:38 pm  Ventura
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:38 pm
drive for about 29 minutes

4:08 pm  arrive in Santa Barbara
stay at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

day 2 driving ≈ 3 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Death Valley National Park.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.



How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.



Where should I stop along the way?

Death Valley National Park  (2 mentions)
Red Rock Canyon State Park
Vasquez Rocks
Ventura  (17 answers)
    Downtown Ventura  (2 mentions)
    C Street  (2 mentions)
    questions about Ventura:
        What to see, do & eat in Ventura, CA
        Romantic weekend events/entertainment




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Santa Barbara, California.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.



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:
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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  Beverly from San Luis Obispo asked:
Santa Barbara wine country ideas?  (1 answer)

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





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 Death Valley 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 Death Valley to Santa Barbara. Or get a full Death Valley 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 Death Valley well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Death Valley!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 315 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 34 minutes
12 Death Valley travel answers
17 Ventura travel answers
187 Santa Barbara travel answers





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