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Palm Springs to Santa Barbara via Venice Beach

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Palm Springs to Santa Barbara road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Barbara, 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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10:00 am  start in Palm Springs
drive for about 54 minutes

10:54 am  Oak Glen
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:54 am
drive for about 2 hours

1:46 pm  Venice Beach
stay for about 3 hours
and leave at 4:46 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:25 pm  arrive in Santa Barbara
eat at McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
stay at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

driving ≈ 4.5 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Oak Glen  (6 answers)
    Riley's Farm  (2 mentions)

Venice Beach  (128 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    LACMA  (50 mentions)
    restaurants around Venice Beach:
        Gjelina
        MB Post
        Simmzy's
        Fishing with Dynamite
        North End Caffe
    hotels around Venice Beach:
        Shutters On the Beach
        Hotel Erwin
        Shade Hotel
        The Huntley Hotel
        Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
    questions about Venice Beach:
        Free things to do in Venice
        Best restaurants in Venice Beach?


Where's the best place to stay in Santa Barbara?

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 Santa Barbara.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, which was mentioned 15 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Isla Vista  (2 mentions)
San Ysidro Ranch  (2 mentions)
El Encanto Hotel  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Santa Barbara?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

La Super-Rica Taqueria  (5 mentions)
The Palace Grill  (4 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Santa Barbara?

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:

Butterfly Beach  (7 mentions)
Bacara Resort & Spa  (6 mentions)
Hendry's Beach  (4 mentions)
Stearns Wharf  (4 mentions)
The Funk Zone  (4 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 Santa Barbara. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Veronica from San Francisco asked:
Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?  (9 answers)

profile  Kay from Vermont asked:
Bachelorette Weekend Getaway in Santa Barbara  (6 answers)

profile  Darren from Jersey City asked:
Best Beach in Santa Barbara?  (5 answers)

profile  Stephanie from Venice Beach asked:
24 hours in Santa Barbara, what do I have to see/eat/do?  (5 answers)

profile  Valerie from asked:
How far from santa barbara to palm springs and PS to Phoenix?  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Santa Barbara.




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 Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara. Or get a full Palm Springs to Santa Barbara 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 214 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 45 minutes
55 Palm Springs travel answers
6 Oak Glen travel answers
128 Venice Beach travel answers
189 Santa Barbara travel answers





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