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Los Angeles to Big Sur drive with pets

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Pet-friendly stops from Los Angeles to Big Sur

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Here's a sample itinerary for a pet-friendly drive from Los Angeles to Big Sur with your dog or cat. 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. Find the best dog parks, pet-friendly accommodations and hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members and GoPetFriendly. Scroll down to see all the pet-friendly stops along the way.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Los Angeles
drive for about 1 hour

12:13 pm  Ventura
eat at Anacapa Brewing Company
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 Ocean Palms Motel
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Ocean Palms Motel
drive for about 1 hour

12:05 pm  Hearst Castle
eat at San Simeon Restaurant
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 Big Sur Campground & Cabins

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)

What are pet-friendly stops along the way?

Ventura  (16 answers)
    Marina Park Beach  (1 mention)
    Seaside Wilderness Park  (1 mention)
    Promenade Park  (1 mention)
    San Buenaventura State Beach  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around Ventura:
        Anacapa Brewing Company
        Cafe Nouveau
    questions about Ventura:
        What to see, do & eat in Ventura, CA
        Romantic weekend events/entertainment

Solvang  (46 answers)
    Carivintas Winery  (1 mention)
    Mandolina Vineyard  (1 mention)
    Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards  (1 mention)
    Honen - Solvang Trolley & Carriage Co.  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around Solvang:
        Fresco Valley CafĂ©
    questions about Solvang:
        What to do in Solvang... good places to stay, eat, etc.

Pismo Beach (California)  (47 answers)
    Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic  (1 mention)
    Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around Pismo Beach (California):
        Mo's Smokehouse BBQ
    pet-friendly hotels around Pismo Beach (California):
        Ocean Palms Motel
        Sandcastle Inn Pismo Beach
        Blue Seal Inn Pismo Beach
        Seacrest Oceanfront Hotel
        Pismo Coast Village RV Resort
        BEST WESTERN PLUS Shelter Cove Lodge

Hearst Castle  (101 mentions)
    Hearst San Simeon State Park  (1 mention)
    San Simeon Coastal Access  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around Hearst Castle:
        San Simeon Restaurant

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park  (23 mentions)
    Limekiln State Park  (1 mention)

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 Big Sur Campground & Cabins.

Want to research more popular hotels 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 GoPetFriendly:

Pfeiffer Beach  (1 mention)
Limekiln State Park  (1 mention)

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 with pets, 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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