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Manhattan Beach to San Luis Obispo drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Manhattan Beach to San Luis Obispo road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Manhattan Beach to San Luis Obispo. If you're planning a road trip to San Luis Obispo, 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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9:00 am  start in Manhattan Beach
drive for about 54 minutes

9:54 am  Malibu
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:54 am
drive for about 47 minutes

11:41 am  Ventura
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:41 pm
drive for about 29 minutes

1:11 pm  Santa Barbara
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 3:11 pm
drive for about 44 minutes

3:55 pm  Solvang
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:55 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

5:53 pm  Pismo Beach (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:53 pm
drive for about 18 minutes

7:11 pm  arrive in San Luis Obispo
eat at Firestone Grill
stay at The Madonna Inn

driving ≈ 4 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Malibu  (66 answers)
    Malibu Beach  (44 mentions)
    Zuma Beach  (22 mentions)
    Point Dume State Beach  (14 mentions)
    Malibu Country Mart  (12 mentions)
    El Matador State Beach  (12 mentions)
    restaurants around Malibu:
        Nobu Malibu
        Paradise Cove Cafe
        Malibu Seafood
        Geoffrey's Malibu
        Malibu Farm Cafe
    hotels around Malibu:
        Malibu Beach Inn
    questions about Malibu:
        Places to eat in Malibu?
        Lunch recommendations near Getty Villa - Views? Kid Friendly?
        Wine tasting in Malibu?

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

Santa Barbara  (189 answers)
    Butterfly Beach  (7 mentions)
    Bacara Resort & Spa  (6 mentions)
    Hendry's Beach  (4 mentions)
    Stearns Wharf  (4 mentions)
    The Funk Zone  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Barbara:
        McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
        La Super-Rica Taqueria
        The Lark - Santa Barbara
        Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
        The Palace Grill
    hotels around Santa Barbara:
        Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
        Isla Vista
        San Ysidro Ranch
        El Encanto Hotel
    questions about Santa Barbara:
        Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?
        Bachelorette Weekend Getaway in Santa Barbara
        Best Beach in Santa Barbara?
        24 hours in Santa Barbara, what do I have to see/eat/do?
        How far from santa barbara to palm springs and PS to Phoenix?

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
    hotels around Solvang:
        Ballard Inn & Restaurant
        HOTEL CORQUE
    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


Where's the best place to stay in San Luis Obispo?

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 Luis Obispo.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Madonna Inn, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Seacrest Beach Resort  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in San Luis Obispo?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Firestone Grill, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Bello Mundo  (3 mentions)
Splash Cafe  (2 mentions)
Avila Valley Barn  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in San Luis Obispo?

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:

Bishop Peak  (4 mentions)
Edna Valley  (2 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 Luis Obispo. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?  (5 answers)

profile  Bharat from Dallas, Texas asked:
Lodging  (5 answers)

profile  Tracy from Portland, Oregon asked:
Exploring SLO in March to scout moving there - what should I check out?  (5 answers)

profile  Debbie from San Francisco asked:
Where to stay outside of San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly graduation  (3 answers)

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




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 Luis Obispo to Manhattan Beach drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Manhattan Beach? Try searching for places within 3.5 hours of Manhattan Beach.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Manhattan Beach to San Luis Obispo. Or get a full Manhattan Beach to San Luis Obispo 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 Manhattan Beach well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Manhattan Beach!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 196 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 32 minutes
125 Manhattan Beach travel answers
66 Malibu travel answers
16 Ventura travel answers
189 Santa Barbara travel answers
46 Solvang travel answers
47 Pismo Beach (California) travel answers
122 San Luis Obispo travel answers





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