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Los Angeles to San Francisco drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Los Angeles to San Francisco road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco. If you're planning a road trip to San Francisco, 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

10:00 am  start in Los Angeles
drive for about 49 minutes

10:49 am  eat at Six Flags Magic Mountain
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:49 am
drive for about 57 minutes

12:46 pm  Grapevine
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:46 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:52 pm  Lost Hills
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:52 pm
drive for about 1 hour

5:04 pm  eat at Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours

 Day 2

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

11:36 am  eat at Pea Soup Andersen's
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:36 pm
drive for about 54 minutes

1:30 pm  Mount Hamilton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:30 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:36 pm  Oakland
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 5:06 pm
drive for about 23 minutes

5:29 pm  arrive in San Francisco
eat at Ike's Place
stay at Top of the Mark

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours

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Los Angeles to San Francisco questions

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profile  Lisa-Marie from Johannesburg, Gauteng asked:
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profile  Mallory asked:
Best places to stop and see driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles?  (4 answers)

Where should I stop along the way?

Six Flags Magic Mountain  (10 mentions)

Grapevine  (4 answers)

Lost Hills

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant  (5 mentions)

Pea Soup Andersen's  (2 mentions)

Mount Hamilton

Oakland  (62 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
    questions about Oakland:
        Best free things to do in Oakland?
        What is Oakland like?
        First time in Oakland with 1 day to explore
        A good neighborhood in Oakland for rental?
        Best bites to eat in Oakland?

Where's the best place to stay in San Francisco?

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 San Francisco.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in San Francisco to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Top of the Mark, which was mentioned 13 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Vitale  (8 mentions)
Cavallo Point  (4 mentions)

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

Where's the best place to eat in San Francisco?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Ike's Place, which was mentioned 23 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Swan Oyster Depot  (22 mentions)
Kokkari Estiatorio  (21 mentions)
Tartine bakery  (20 mentions)

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

What are some things to do in San Francisco?

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)
Golden Gate Park  (112 mentions)
Alcatraz  (85 mentions)
Fisherman's Wharf  (82 mentions)
Union Square  (79 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 San Francisco. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

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profile  Dina from Dallas asked:
What are the top 5 can't miss tourist attractions in S.F.?  (20 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?  (19 answers)

profile  Julie from Atlanta asked:
Best activities for kids  (19 answers)

profile  Kenneth from Portland asked:
Best views in San Francisco?  (17 answers)

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

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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco. Or get a full Los Angeles to San Francisco 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 381 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 48 minutes
648 Los Angeles travel answers
4 Grapevine travel answers
62 Oakland travel answers
655 San Francisco travel answers


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