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San Diego to San Francisco drive with pets

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Pet-friendly stops from San Diego to San Francisco

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Here's a sample itinerary for a pet-friendly drive from San Diego to San Francisco with your dog or cat. If you're planning a road trip to San Francisco, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Find the best dog parks, pet-friendly accommodations and hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members and GoPetFriendly. Scroll down to see all the pet-friendly stops along the way.

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 Day 1

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

11:16 am  Laguna Beach
eat at Cafe Zinc
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 12:46 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:54 pm  Los Angeles
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 5:54 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:48 pm  Bakersfield
stay overnight at Padre Hotel
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 Padre Hotel
drive for about 49 minutes

10:49 am  Lost Hills
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:49 am
drive for about 1 hour

1:01 pm  eat at Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:01 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:37 pm  eat at Pea Soup Andersen's
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:37 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:54 pm  Livermore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:54 pm
drive for about 54 minutes

7:48 pm  arrive in San Francisco

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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San Diego to San Francisco questions

profile  Shawna asked:
Must sees  (2 answers)

What are pet-friendly stops along the way?

Laguna Beach  (60 answers)
    Laguna Beach City Beaches  (1 mention)
    Laguna Beach Animal Hospital  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around Laguna Beach:
        Cafe Zinc
        Cottage Restaurant
        Madison Square & Garden Cafe
        GG's Bistro
    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  (612 answers)
    Release the Hounds! Pet Care   (1 mention)
    The Pet Concierge   (1 mention)
    Pet Spoilers   (1 mention)
    The Pet Assistant   (1 mention)
    Hello, Doggy!   (1 mention)
    The Housesitter   (1 mention)
    Furry Social Club   (1 mention)
    See Spot Stay   (1 mention)
    Dog-R-cise Dog Walking Service   (1 mention)
    Walk Fido   (1 mention)
    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?
        Area an hour away from LAX airport

Bakersfield  (19 answers)
    Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital Inc  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly hotels around Bakersfield:
        Padre Hotel
        BEST WESTERN Hill House
        Travelodge Bakersfield
        Extended StayAmerica Bakersfield-California Avenue
        Americas Best Value Inn - Oak Street
        Econo Lodge Street Bakersfield
        Motel 6 Bakersfield Convention Center
        La Quinta Inn Bakersfield South
        Super 8 Motel Central Bakersfield
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?

Lost Hills

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant  (5 mentions)

Pea Soup Andersen's  (2 mentions)
    San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area  (1 mention)

Livermore  (10 answers)
    Livermore Veterinary Hospital  (1 mention)
    A Pet's Dream  (1 mention)
    Adobe Pet Hospital  (1 mention)
    Del Valle Pet Hospital Inc  (1 mention)
    Max Baer Park  (1 mention)
    Livermore Ranch Kennels  (1 mention)
    pet-friendly restaurants around Livermore:
        Eight Bridges Brewing Company

What are some things to do in San Francisco?

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 GoPetFriendly:

Cat Sitting   (1 mention)
4 Your Paws Only   (1 mention)

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

profile  Jessica from asked:
Best seafood restaurant in S.F.?  (29 answers)

profile  Dina from Dallas asked:
What are the top 5 can't miss tourist attractions in S.F.?  (20 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?  (19 answers)

profile  Julie from Atlanta asked:
Best activities for kids  (19 answers)

profile  Kenneth from Portland asked:
Best views in San Francisco?  (17 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 San Francisco to San Diego drive with pets, 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 San Francisco. Or get a full San Diego to San Francisco 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 501 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 42 minutes
San Francisco is the same time as San Diego
256 San Diego travel answers
60 Laguna Beach travel answers
612 Los Angeles travel answers
19 Bakersfield travel answers
10 Livermore travel answers
630 San Francisco travel answers


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