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Los Angeles to Monterey drive

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  Los Angeles
 Six Flags Magic Mountain
 Grapevine
 Buttonwillow
 Paso Robles
 King City (California)
 Salinas
   Monterey 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Los Angeles to Monterey road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Los Angeles to Monterey. If you're planning a road trip to Monterey, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Los Angeles and Monterey. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Los Angeles and Monterey. 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 47 minutes

11:47 am  eat at Six Flags Magic Mountain
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:47 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

1:43 pm  Grapevine
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:43 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:43 pm  Buttonwillow
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Buttonwillow
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:30 am  Paso Robles
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:30 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

1:20 pm  King City (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:20 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

3:11 pm  Salinas
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:11 pm
drive for about 27 minutes

4:38 pm  arrive in Monterey
stay at Mission Ranch Hotel

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Los Angeles, California.

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?

Six Flags Magic Mountain  (9 mentions)

Grapevine  (4 answers)

Buttonwillow

Paso Robles  (48 answers)
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company  (6 mentions)
    Villicana Winery  (5 mentions)
    Terry Hoage Vineyards  (3 mentions)
    Summerwood Winery & Inn  (3 mentions)
    DAOU Vineyards & Winery  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Paso Robles:
        Niner Wine Estates
        Ecluse Wines
        Pier 46 Seafood Market
        Brecon Estate
        ONX
    questions about Paso Robles:
        Good wineries in Paso Robles
        Where should I eat in Paso Robles?
        Casual eats near Paso Robles?
        Favorite Wineries Near Paso Robles

King City (California)  (2 answers)

Salinas  (4 answers)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Monterey, California.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Monterey?

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 Monterey.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Mission Ranch Hotel, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Lodge at Pebble Beach  (2 mentions)
Seven Gables Inn  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Monterey?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Passionfish, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Katy's Place  (7 mentions)
Sunset Lounge  (3 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Monterey?

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:

Monterey Bay Aquarium  (41 mentions)
Pebble Beach  (21 mentions)
Point Lobos  (9 mentions)
17-Mile Drive  (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 Monterey. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Anne from Durham, North Carolina asked:
Restaurant recommendations for a large group dinner?  (3 answers)

profile  Joe from Sacramento asked:
What to do for a family outing in Monterey?  (3 answers)

profile  Avery from Berkeley asked:
Things to do with the kiddos besides the aquarium  (2 answers)

profile  Cheryl from asked:
hotels in Monterey, CA  (2 answers)

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




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 Monterey to Los Angeles drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Los Angeles? Try searching for places within 5 hours of Los Angeles.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Los Angeles to Monterey. Or get a full Los Angeles to Monterey 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 320 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 7 minutes
573 Los Angeles travel answers
4 Grapevine travel answers
48 Paso Robles travel answers
2 King City (California) travel answers
4 Salinas travel answers
167 Monterey travel answers





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