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Napa to San Diego drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days



Napa to San Diego road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Napa to San Diego. If you're planning a road trip to San Diego, 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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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Napa
drive for about 2 hours

11:51 am  Modesto
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:51 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:05 pm  Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:05 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:02 pm  Bakersfield
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

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

11:32 am  Six Flags Magic Mountain
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:32 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:11 pm  Laguna Beach
stay for about 1.5 hours and leave at 3:41 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:00 pm  arrive in San Diego
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Napa, 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?

Modesto  (4 answers)
Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant  (5 mentions)
Bakersfield  (13 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?
Six Flags Magic Mountain  (9 mentions)
Laguna Beach  (60 answers)
    Crystal Cove State Park  (10 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (8 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (3 mentions)
    Victoria Beach  (3 mentions)
    Dana Point Harbor  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Laguna Beach:
        Javier's Restaurant - Newport Beach
        Las Brisas
        Cafe Zoolu
        The Beachcomber Cafe
        Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
    questions about Laguna Beach:
        Where to stay and non-surfing things to do in Laguna Beach
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Diego, California.

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




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

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 Diego.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Del Coronado, which was mentioned 28 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Glorietta Bay Inn  (2 mentions)

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






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

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Prado at Balboa Park, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Hash House a-Go-Go  (10 mentions)
Extraordinary Desserts  (6 mentions)
Juniper & Ivy  (5 mentions)
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery  (5 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in San Diego?

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:

Balboa Park  (40 mentions)
San Diego Zoo  (25 mentions)
Mission Beach  (25 mentions)
Old Town San Diego  (16 mentions)
Ocean Beach  (16 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 Diego. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Holly Goertzen from Calgary asked:
Fun for a family with small children (NOT Disneyland!)  (11 answers)

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 Liv Strauss from Cape Cod asked:
Wondering which beach is better to stay at? Ocean Beach or Mission Beach?  (8 answers)

 Lily Wang from Los Angeles asked:
Restaurant & activities ideas for couples weekend getaway in San Diego  (8 answers)

 Kenneth Bloom from Portland asked:
Best burritos in San Diego?  (7 answers)

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






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 Diego to Napa 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 Napa to San Diego. Or get a full Napa to San Diego 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 Napa well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Napa!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 521 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 27 minutes
San Diego is the same time as Napa
82 Napa travel answers
4 Modesto travel answers
13 Bakersfield travel answers
60 Laguna Beach travel answers
214 San Diego travel answers





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