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Mill Valley (California) to Burbank (California) via Big Sur

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Mill Valley (California) to Burbank (California) road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Mill Valley (California) to Burbank (California). If you're planning a road trip to Burbank (California), 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

9:00 am  start in Mill Valley (California)
drive for about 3 hours

12:08 pm  Big Sur
eat at Nepenthe
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 4:08 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:09 pm  Pismo Beach (California)
stay overnight at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:22 am  Santa Barbara
eat at McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 3:22 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:35 pm  Malibu
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 6:05 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

6:59 pm  arrive in Burbank (California)
eat at Urth Caffe
stay at Chateau Marmont

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Big Sur  (203 answers)
    Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park  (22 mentions)
    McWay Falls  (16 mentions)
    Pfeiffer State Beach  (9 mentions)
    Pfeiffer Beach  (6 mentions)
    Andrew Molera State Park  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Big Sur:
        Post Ranch Inn
        Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant
        Coast Gallery & Cafe
        Big Sur River Inn
    questions about Big Sur:
        Whats the best hike in Big Sur? Best beach?
        First-come, first-serve camping sites in Big Sur?
        how far is the drive to sequoia national aprk

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

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
    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?

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
    questions about Malibu:
        Places to eat in Malibu?
        Lunch recommendations near Getty Villa - Views? Kid Friendly?
        Wine tasting in Malibu?

Where's the best place to stay in Burbank (California)?

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 Burbank (California).

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Chateau Marmont, which was mentioned 13 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Farmer's Daughter Hotel  (11 mentions)
The Standard, Hollywood  (10 mentions)
W Hotel Hollywood  (7 mentions)

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Where's the best place to eat in Burbank (California)?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Urth Caffe, which was mentioned 13 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Joan's on Third Cafe  (12 mentions)
Pizzeria Mozza  (12 mentions)
Gracias Madre  (11 mentions)
Jitlada Restaurant  (11 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Burbank (California)? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Burbank (California)?

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:

Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
Hollywood  (54 mentions)
LACMA  (50 mentions)
The Grove  (44 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!

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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 Burbank (California) to Mill Valley (California) 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 Mill Valley (California) to Burbank (California). Or get a full Mill Valley (California) to Burbank (California) flight plan.

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 490 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 36 minutes
9 Mill Valley (California) travel answers
203 Big Sur travel answers
47 Pismo Beach (California) travel answers
189 Santa Barbara travel answers
66 Malibu travel answers
12 Burbank (California) travel answers


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