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Reno to Monterey drive in 1 day

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Reno to Monterey road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Reno to Monterey. If you're planning a road trip to Monterey, 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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8:00 am  start in Reno
drive for about 54 minutes

8:54 am  Tahoe City
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 9:54 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:11 am  Nevada City (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:11 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

1:06 pm  Roseville (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:06 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:28 pm  Napa
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 5:28 pm
drive for about 53 minutes

6:21 pm  Oakland
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:21 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

8:11 pm  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 9:11 pm
drive for about 1 hour

10:17 pm  San Juan Bautista
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:17 pm
drive for about 40 minutes

11:57 pm  arrive in Monterey
stay at Mission Ranch Hotel

driving ≈ 8 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Tahoe City  (18 answers)
    Lake Tahoe  (21 mentions)
    Squaw Valley  (4 mentions)
    Alpine Meadows Ski Resort  (3 mentions)
    Northstar California Resort  (3 mentions)
    Chambers Landing Bar & Grill  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Tahoe City:
        Sunnyside Resort
        The Dam Cafe
        West Shore Cafe & Inn
    hotels around Tahoe City:
        Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge
        Northstar Ski Resort

Nevada City (California)  (5 answers)

Roseville (California)  (2 answers)

Napa  (85 answers)
    Domaine Carneros  (14 mentions)
    Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ  (11 mentions)
    Artesa Vineyards & Winery  (9 mentions)
    Napa Valley  (9 mentions)
    Oxbow Public Market  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Napa:
        ad hoc
        Domaine Chandon
        Redd
        Morimoto
        Pine Ridge Vineyards
    hotels around Napa:
        Bardessono
        Embassy Suites Napa Valley
        Cottages of Napa Valley
    questions about Napa:
        Other foodie things to do besides wine tasting
        Searching for an inexpensive and nice inn in Napa area
        Restaurants in Napa for girls outing?
        Limited time in Napa, help with my itinerary!
        Sightseeing in Napa?

Oakland  (57 answers)
    Lake Merritt  (16 mentions)
    UC Berkeley  (8 mentions)
    Jack London Square  (7 mentions)
    Ici Ice Cream  (5 mentions)
    College Ave  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Oakland:
        Chez Panisse
        Arinell Pizza Inc
        Cheese Board Bakery & Cheese
        The Trappist
        Comal
    questions about Oakland:
        Best free things to do in Oakland?
        What is Oakland like?
        First time in Oakland with 1 day to explore
        A good neighborhood in Oakland for rental?
        Best bites to eat in Oakland?

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


Where's the best place to stay in Monterey?

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 Monterey.

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 Monterey? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Monterey?

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 Monterey? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Monterey?

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

profile  Anne from Durham, North Carolina asked:
Restaurant recommendations for a large group dinner?  (3 answers)

profile  Joe from Sacramento asked:
What to do for a family outing in Monterey?  (3 answers)

profile  Avery from Berkeley asked:
Things to do with the kiddos besides the aquarium  (2 answers)

profile  Cheryl from asked:
hotels in Monterey, CA  (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 Monterey to Reno drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Reno? Try searching for places within 5 hours of Reno.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Reno to Monterey. Or get a full Reno to Monterey 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 Reno well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Reno!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 317 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 58 minutes
38 Reno travel answers
18 Tahoe City travel answers
5 Nevada City (California) travel answers
2 Roseville (California) travel answers
85 Napa travel answers
57 Oakland travel answers
39 San Jose travel answers
5 San Juan Bautista travel answers
167 Monterey travel answers





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