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Oakland to Solvang via Cambria

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Oakland to Solvang road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Oakland to Solvang. If you're planning a road trip to Solvang, 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

11:00 am  start in Oakland
drive for about 50 minutes

11:50 am  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:50 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:56 pm  San Juan Bautista
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from San Juan Bautista
drive for about 2 hours

12:57 pm  Cambria
eat at Lombardi's Pasta Familia
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:57 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:43 pm  arrive in Solvang
stay at Ballard Inn & Restaurant

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

San Jose  (39 answers)
    The Tech Museum of Innovation  (3 mentions)
    San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
    Santana Row  (3 mentions)
    Winchester Mystery House  (2 mentions)
    California's Great America  (2 mentions)
    questions about San Jose:
        What's the best neighborhood in San Jose for a first time visitor?
        Hotels with airport parking in San Jose
        Best missions to see & other good activities for kids
        Neighborhood for young professional in San Jose
        Free things to do in San Jose?

San Juan Bautista  (5 answers)
    Mission San Juan Bautista  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around San Juan Bautista:
        Vertigo Coffee

Cambria  (57 answers)
    Hearst Castle  (86 mentions)
    Moonstone Beach Dr  (3 mentions)
    Burton Inn  (3 mentions)
    San Simeon State Beach  (2 mentions)
    Ball & Skein & More  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Cambria:
        Lombardi's Pasta Familia
        Sebastian's General Store
        Wild Ginger Cafe


Where's the best place to stay in Solvang?

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 Solvang.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Ballard Inn & Restaurant, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

HOTEL CORQUE  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Solvang?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Industrial Eats  (3 mentions)
Panino  (2 mentions)
Petros  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Solvang?

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:

Firestone Vineyard  (3 mentions)
Fess Parker Winery  (3 mentions)
R Country Market  (2 mentions)
Blackjack Ranch  (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 Solvang. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Johnny from Las Vegas asked:
What to do in Solvang... good places to stay, eat, etc.  (3 answers)

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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 Solvang to Oakland 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 Oakland to Solvang. Or get a full Oakland to Solvang 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 Oakland well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Oakland!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 324 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 17 minutes
57 Oakland travel answers
39 San Jose travel answers
5 San Juan Bautista travel answers
57 Cambria travel answers
46 Solvang travel answers





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