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National City to Carmel By the Sea drive

driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

National City to Carmel By the Sea road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from National City to Carmel By the Sea. If you're planning a road trip to Carmel By the Sea, 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 National City
drive for about 1.5 hours

10:20 am  Laguna Beach
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 11:50 am
drive for about 1 hour

12:58 pm  Los Angeles
eat at Gjelina
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 4:58 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:07 pm  Grapevine
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours

 Day 2

8:00 am  leave from Grapevine
drive for about 21.5 hours

5:32 am (next morning)  Buttonwillow
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 21.5 hours

 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Buttonwillow
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:23 pm  Cass Winery
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:23 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:00 pm  Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:00 pm
drive for about 42 minutes

4:42 pm  arrive in Carmel By the Sea
stay at Mission Ranch Hotel

day 3 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Laguna Beach  (61 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?

Los Angeles  (648 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    restaurants around Los Angeles:
        Bottega Louie
        Grand Central Market
    questions about Los Angeles:
        Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?
        What's your favorite burger in L.A?
        Free things to do in Los Angeles?
        Area an hour away from LAX airport
        What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?

Grapevine  (4 answers)


Cass Winery

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park  (23 mentions)

Where's the best place to stay in Carmel By the Sea?

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 Carmel By the Sea.

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 Carmel By the Sea? Click the blue button below.

Where's the best place to eat in Carmel By the Sea?

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)
Old Fisherman's Grotto  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Carmel By the Sea? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Carmel By the Sea?

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 Carmel By the Sea. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Tandy from Miami asked:
Romantic restaurant and hotel in Carmel  (5 answers)

profile  Hayden from Cleveland asked:
Things to do that'll interest 17-year-old brother  (4 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Carmel By the Sea.

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 Carmel By the Sea to National City 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 National City to Carmel By the Sea. Or get a full National City to Carmel By the Sea 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 National City well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about National City!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 447 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 35 minutes
1 National City travel answer
61 Laguna Beach travel answers
648 Los Angeles travel answers
4 Grapevine travel answers
72 Carmel By the Sea travel answers


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