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Encinitas to Mill Valley (California) drive

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  Encinitas
 Laguna Beach
 Los Angeles
 Grapevine
 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
 Firebaugh
 Modesto
 Oakland
   Mill Valley (California) 
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Encinitas to Mill Valley (California) road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Encinitas to Mill Valley (California). If you're planning a road trip to Mill Valley (California), you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Encinitas and Mill Valley (California). Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Encinitas and Mill Valley (California). 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 Encinitas
drive for about 57 minutes

10:57 am  Laguna Beach
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 12:27 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:35 pm  Los Angeles
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 5:35 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:43 pm  Grapevine
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Grapevine
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:26 am  eat at Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:26 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:26 pm  Firebaugh
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:26 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:49 pm  Modesto
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:49 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:14 pm  Oakland
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:14 pm
drive for about 37 minutes

7:51 pm  arrive in Mill Valley (California)
eat at The Buena Vista Cafe
stay at Pelican Inn

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Laguna Beach  (60 answers)
    Crystal Cove State Park  (10 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (8 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (3 mentions)
    Victoria Beach  (3 mentions)
    Dana Point Harbor  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Laguna Beach:
        Javier's Restaurant - Newport Beach
        Las Brisas
        Cafe Zoolu
        The Beachcomber Cafe
        Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
    questions about Laguna Beach:
        Where to stay and non-surfing things to do in Laguna Beach
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach?

Los Angeles  (612 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    restaurants around Los Angeles:
        Gjelina
        Perch
        Bottega Louie
        Grand Central Market
        Bestia
    questions about Los Angeles:
        Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?
        What's your favorite burger in L.A?
        Free things to do in Los Angeles?
        What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?
        Area an hour away from LAX airport

Grapevine  (4 answers)

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant  (5 mentions)

Firebaugh

Modesto  (6 answers)

Oakland  (57 answers)
    Lake Merritt  (16 mentions)
    UC Berkeley  (8 mentions)
    Jack London Square  (7 mentions)
    Ici Ice Cream  (5 mentions)
    College Ave  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Oakland:
        Chez Panisse
        Arinell Pizza Inc
        Cheese Board Bakery & Cheese
        The Trappist
        Comal
    questions about Oakland:
        What is Oakland like?
        First time in Oakland with 1 day to explore
        Best free things to do in Oakland?
        A good neighborhood in Oakland for rental?
        Best bites to eat in Oakland?


Where's the best place to stay in Mill Valley (California)?

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 Mill Valley (California).

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Pelican Inn, which was mentioned 8 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Cavallo Point  (4 mentions)
Hotel Del Sol  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Mill Valley (California)? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Mill Valley (California)?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Buena Vista Cafe, which was mentioned 9 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Gary Danko  (6 mentions)
Greens Restaurant  (6 mentions)
A16  (6 mentions)
Scoma's Restaurant  (5 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Mill Valley (California)? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Mill Valley (California)?

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:

Golden Gate Bridge  (130 mentions)
Alcatraz  (85 mentions)
Lands End  (45 mentions)
Marin Headlands  (43 mentions)
Golden Gate Bridge  (39 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!

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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 Mill Valley (California) to Encinitas 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 Encinitas to Mill Valley (California). Or get a full Encinitas to Mill Valley (California) 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 Encinitas well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Encinitas!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 491 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 31 minutes
28 Encinitas travel answers
60 Laguna Beach travel answers
612 Los Angeles travel answers
4 Grapevine travel answers
6 Modesto travel answers
57 Oakland travel answers
9 Mill Valley (California) travel answers





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