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San Diego to Bakersfield drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets


San Diego to Bakersfield road trip planner

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.

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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

11:27 am  Laguna Beach
eat at Javier's Restaurant - Newport Beach
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:27 pm
drive for about 1 hour

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


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Diego, 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?

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):
        Swami's Cafe
        La Costa Resort & Spa
        Vivace
        PAON
        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
        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?
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:
        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?
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):
        Urth Caffe
        Joan's on Third Cafe
        Pizzeria Mozza
        Gracias Madre
        Jitlada Restaurant
    hotels around Burbank (California):
        Chateau Marmont
        Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
        Farmer's Daughter Hotel
        The Standard, Hollywood
        W Hotel Hollywood
Grapevine  (4 answers)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Bakersfield, California.

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



What are some things to do in Bakersfield?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

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

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Bakersfield?  (1 answer)

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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 Bakersfield to San Diego 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 San Diego to Bakersfield. Or get a full San Diego to Bakersfield 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 San Diego well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Diego!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 232 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 43 minutes
222 San Diego travel answers
29 Carlsbad (California) travel answers
59 Laguna Beach travel answers
124 Manhattan Beach travel answers
12 Burbank (California) travel answers
4 Grapevine travel answers
13 Bakersfield travel answers





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