Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego to Bakersfield. If you're planning a road trip to Bakersfield, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Diego and Bakersfield. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.
9:00 am start in San Diego
drive for about 36 minutes
9:36 am Carlsbad (California)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 10:36 am
drive for about 51 minutes
1:29 pm Manhattan Beach
stay for about 1.5 hours and leave at 2:59 pm
drive for about 43 minutes
3:43 pm Burbank (California)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:43 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours
6:05 pm Grapevine
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 7:05 pm
drive for about 32 minutes
7:37 pm arrive in Bakersfield
driving ≈ 5 hours
Your starting point is San Diego, California.
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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.
Carlsbad (California) (29 answers)
Legoland (8 mentions)
Self-Realization Fellowship (6 mentions)
Swami's Beach (5 mentions)
San Elijo Lagoon (3 mentions)
The Flower Fields (3 mentions)
restaurants around Carlsbad (California):
La Costa Resort & Spa
Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
hotels around Carlsbad (California):
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
Tamarack Beach Resort
Laguna Beach (59 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
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?
Manhattan Beach (124 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:
Fishing with Dynamite
North End Caffe
hotels around Manhattan Beach:
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?
Burbank (California) (12 answers)
Griffith Observatory (63 mentions)
Hollywood (54 mentions)
LACMA (50 mentions)
Universal Studios Hollywood (49 mentions)
The Grove (44 mentions)
restaurants around Burbank (California):
Joan's on Third Cafe
hotels around Burbank (California):
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Farmer's Daughter Hotel
The Standard, Hollywood
W Hotel Hollywood
Grapevine (4 answers)
Your final destination is Bakersfield, California.
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