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La Jolla to Palo Alto drive

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  La Jolla
 Laguna Beach
 Los Angeles
 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
 Pea Soup Andersen's
 San Jose
   Palo Alto 
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV


La Jolla to Palo Alto road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from La Jolla to Palo Alto. If you're planning a road trip to Palo Alto, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between La Jolla and Palo Alto. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between La Jolla and Palo Alto. 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 La Jolla
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:16 am  Laguna Beach
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:16 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:24 pm  Los Angeles
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 5:24 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:18 pm  Bakersfield
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Bakersfield
drive for about 2 hours

11:56 am  eat at Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:56 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:33 pm  eat at Pea Soup Andersen's
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:33 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:42 pm  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:42 pm
drive for about 20 minutes

6:02 pm  arrive in Palo Alto
eat at Evvia Estiatorio

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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La Jolla to Palo Alto questions

profile  edith asked:
Dog run for Anne  (1 answer)

Where should I stop along the way?

Laguna Beach  (59 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  (602 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:
        Bottega Louie
        Grand Central Market
    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?
        Best restaurants in Los Angeles?

Bakersfield  (16 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant  (5 mentions)

Pea Soup Andersen's  (2 mentions)

San Jose  (39 answers)
    The Tech Museum of Innovation  (3 mentions)
    San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
    Santana Row  (3 mentions)
    Winchester Mystery House  (2 mentions)
    California's Great America  (2 mentions)
    questions about San Jose:
        Hotels with airport parking in San Jose
        Neighborhood for young professional in San Jose
        What's the best neighborhood in San Jose for a first time visitor?
        Best missions to see & other good activities for kids
        Free things to do in San Jose?

Where's the best place to eat in Palo Alto?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Evvia Estiatorio, which was mentioned 2 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Pampas  (2 mentions)
Pizzeria Delfina  (2 mentions)
Fu Lam Mum  (2 mentions)

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

What are some things to do in Palo Alto?

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:

Googleplex  (5 mentions)
Stanford University  (4 mentions)
Facebook Inc.  (3 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 Palo Alto. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Hayley from Los Angeles asked:
Great Restaurant for Groups?  (5 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Palo Alto?  (2 answers)

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

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 Palo Alto to La Jolla 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 La Jolla to Palo Alto. Or get a full La Jolla to Palo Alto 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 La Jolla well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about La Jolla!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 468 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 43 minutes
28 La Jolla travel answers
59 Laguna Beach travel answers
602 Los Angeles travel answers
16 Bakersfield travel answers
39 San Jose travel answers
17 Palo Alto travel answers


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