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Pasadena to Vista drive

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Pasadena to Vista road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Pasadena to Vista. If you're planning a road trip to Vista, 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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10:00 am  start in Pasadena
drive for about 20 minutes

10:20 am  Los Angeles
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 12:20 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:20 pm  Laguna Beach
stay for about 1.5 hours and leave at 2:50 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:58 pm  Del Mar
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:58 pm
drive for about 25 minutes

5:24 pm  arrive in Vista
eat at Stone Brewing Company
stay at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

driving ≈ 3 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Pasadena, 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?

Los Angeles  (569 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
    hotels around Los Angeles:
        Shutters On the Beach
        Hotel Erwin
        The Standard Downtown LA
        Ace Hotel Los Angeles
        The Huntley Hotel
    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?
        What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?
        Best restaurants in Los Angeles?
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
    hotels around Laguna Beach:
        Montage Laguna Beach
        Surf and Sand Resort
        The Inn at Laguna Beach
        La Casa Del Camino
        Laguna Beach House
    questions about Laguna Beach:
        Where to stay and non-surfing things to do in Laguna Beach
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach?
Del Mar  (25 answers)
    La Jolla  (38 mentions)
    La Jolla Cove  (29 mentions)
    Torrey Pines State Park  (16 mentions)
    Black's Beach  (6 mentions)
    Self-Realization Fellowship  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Del Mar:
        George's At The Cove
        Swami's Cafe
        Eddie V's - La Jolla
        George's Ocean Terrace
    hotels around Del Mar:
        La Valencia Hotel
        The Grand Del Mar
        L'Auberge Del Mar
        The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Vista, California.

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

Where's the best place to stay in Vista?

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 Vista.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Tamarack Beach Resort  (2 mentions)

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

Where's the best place to eat in Vista?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Stone Brewing Company, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

La Costa Resort & Spa  (3 mentions)
Stone Brewing Co.  (3 mentions)
PAON  (2 mentions)

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

What are some things to do in Vista?

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:

Legoland  (8 mentions)
The Flower Fields  (3 mentions)
Mother Earth Brew Co  (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!

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

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 108 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 48 minutes
32 Pasadena travel answers
569 Los Angeles travel answers
60 Laguna Beach travel answers
25 Del Mar travel answers
2 Vista travel answers

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