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Palm Springs to Carmel via Manhattan Beach

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Palm Springs to Carmel road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Palm Springs to Carmel. If you're planning a road trip to Carmel, 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 Palm Springs
drive for about 2 hours

1:12 pm  Manhattan Beach
stay overnight at Hotel Erwin
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Hotel Erwin
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:17 pm  arrive in Carmel
stay at Mission Ranch Hotel

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours

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Palm Springs to Carmel questions


Where should I stop along the way?

Manhattan Beach  (125 answers)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Manhattan Beach Pier  (22 mentions)
    Trilogy Spa  (12 mentions)
    Hermosa Beach Pier  (9 mentions)
    restaurants around Manhattan Beach:
        Gjelina
        MB Post
        Simmzy's
        Fishing with Dynamite
        North End Caffe
    hotels around Manhattan Beach:
        Hotel Erwin
        Shade Hotel
        Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach
        Sea View Inn At the Beach
        Hilton Garden Inn
    questions about Manhattan Beach:
        Favorite restaurants in Manhattan Beach?
        Where's the best dessert in Manhattan Beach?
        What's the best neighborhood in Manhattan Beach for a first time visitor?


Where's the best place to stay in Carmel?

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.

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? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Carmel?

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 Carmel? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Carmel?

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

profile  Nancy from Morro Bay asked:
Favorite Restaurants & Wineries  (2 answers)

profile  Kate from Hermosa Beach asked:
Luxurious but not pretentious hotels and any restaurant recommendations  (2 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 Carmel to Palm Springs 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 Palm Springs to Carmel. Or get a full Palm Springs to Carmel 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 Palm Springs well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Palm Springs!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 454 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 5 minutes
55 Palm Springs travel answers
125 Manhattan Beach travel answers
102 Carmel travel answers





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