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San Diego to Salinas drive

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  San Diego
 Laguna Beach
 Los Angeles
 Grapevine
 Lost Hills
 Paso Robles
 King City (California)
   Salinas 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Diego to Salinas road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego to Salinas. If you're planning a road trip to Salinas, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Diego and Salinas. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between San Diego and Salinas. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in San Diego
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:16 am  Laguna Beach
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:16 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:24 pm  Los Angeles
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 5:24 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:32 pm  Grapevine
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Grapevine
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:23 am  Lost Hills
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:23 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:41 pm  Paso Robles
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:41 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

3:31 pm  King City (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:31 pm
drive for about 50 minutes

5:21 pm  arrive in Salinas

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 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?

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
    questions about Laguna Beach:
        Where to stay and non-surfing things to do in Laguna Beach
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach?

Los Angeles  (573 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:
        Gjelina
        Perch
        Bottega Louie
        Grand Central Market
        Bestia
    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?

Grapevine  (4 answers)

Lost Hills

Paso Robles  (48 answers)
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company  (6 mentions)
    Villicana Winery  (5 mentions)
    Terry Hoage Vineyards  (3 mentions)
    Summerwood Winery & Inn  (3 mentions)
    DAOU Vineyards & Winery  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Paso Robles:
        Niner Wine Estates
        Ecluse Wines
        Pier 46 Seafood Market
        Brecon Estate
        ONX
    questions about Paso Robles:
        Good wineries in Paso Robles
        Where should I eat in Paso Robles?
        Casual eats near Paso Robles?
        Favorite Wineries Near Paso Robles

King City (California)  (2 answers)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Salinas, California.

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


What are some things to do in Salinas?

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!

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




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 Salinas 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 Salinas. Or get a full San Diego to Salinas 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!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 423 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 35 minutes
222 San Diego travel answers
59 Laguna Beach travel answers
573 Los Angeles travel answers
4 Grapevine travel answers
48 Paso Robles travel answers
2 King City (California) travel answers
4 Salinas travel answers





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