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Merced to Monterey drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day



Merced to Monterey road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Merced to Monterey. If you're planning a road trip to Monterey, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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11:00 am  start in Merced
drive for about 42 minutes

11:42 am  Los Banos
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:42 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

1:41 pm  San Juan Bautista
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:41 pm
drive for about 39 minutes

3:20 pm  Monterey Bay Aquarium
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:20 pm
drive for about 6 minutes

4:26 pm  arrive in Monterey
stay at Mission Ranch Hotel

driving ≈ 2.5 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Merced, 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?

Los Banos
San Juan Bautista  (5 answers)
    Mission San Juan Bautista  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around San Juan Bautista:
        Vertigo Coffee
Monterey Bay Aquarium  (45 mentions)




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!

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

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

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

 Cheryl Bourne 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 Merced 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 Merced to Monterey. Or get a full Merced 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 Merced well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Merced!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 119 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 11 minutes
3 Merced travel answers
1 Los Banos travel answer
5 San Juan Bautista travel answers
165 Monterey travel answers





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