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Los Angeles to Big Sur drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Los Angeles to Big Sur road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Los Angeles to Big Sur. If you're planning a road trip to Big Sur, 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 Los Angeles
drive for about 1 hour

12:13 pm  Ventura
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:13 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:18 pm  Solvang
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:18 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

4:16 pm  Pismo Beach (California)
stay overnight at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
drive for about 1 hour

12:05 pm  Hearst Castle
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 2:35 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:37 pm  Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:37 pm
drive for about 21 minutes

4:58 pm  arrive in Big Sur
stay at Fernwood Resort

day 2 driving ≈ 2.5 hours

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Los Angeles to Big Sur questions

profile  Leslie asked:
trip from los angeles to Big Sur and back  (1 answer)

profile  Louise from Los Angeles asked:
How Does One Get to Big Sur Via Train and How Does One Get Around?  (4 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

Ventura  (16 answers)
    Downtown Ventura  (2 mentions)
    C Street  (2 mentions)
    questions about Ventura:
        What to see, do & eat in Ventura, CA
        Romantic weekend events/entertainment

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.

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

Hearst Castle  (101 mentions)

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park  (23 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Big Sur?

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 Big Sur.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Fernwood Resort, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Deetjen's Big Sur Inn  (2 mentions)
Ventana Inn & Spa  (2 mentions)
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Big Sur? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Big Sur?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Nepenthe, which was mentioned 33 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Post Ranch Inn  (11 mentions)
Coast Gallery & Cafe  (4 mentions)
Big Sur River Inn  (3 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Big Sur?

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:

McWay Falls  (16 mentions)
Pfeiffer State Beach  (9 mentions)
Pfeiffer Beach  (6 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 Big Sur. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Carolyn from Detroit asked:
Whats the best hike in Big Sur? Best beach?  (4 answers)

profile  Shawn from Presidio asked:
First-come, first-serve camping sites in Big Sur?  (1 answer)

profile  Jennifer from asked:
how far is the drive to sequoia national aprk  (1 answer)

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




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 Big Sur to Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles to Big Sur. Or get a full Los Angeles to Big Sur 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 Los Angeles well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Los Angeles!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 295 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 40 minutes
612 Los Angeles travel answers
16 Ventura travel answers
46 Solvang travel answers
47 Pismo Beach (California) travel answers
203 Big Sur travel answers





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