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San Diego to Vancouver drive

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  San Diego
 Los Angeles
 San Luis Obispo
 Santa Cruz
 Redding
 Ashland (Oregon)
 Eugene
 Portland
 Seattle
   Vancouver 
driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Diego to Vancouver road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

8:00 am  start in San Diego
drive for about 2 hours

9:57 am  Los Angeles
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 1:57 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:05 pm  San Luis Obispo
stay for about 3 hours
and leave at 8:05 pm
drive for about 3 hours

10:52 pm  Santa Cruz
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Santa Cruz
drive for about 4.5 hours

1:35 pm  Redding
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:35 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:54 pm  Ashland (Oregon)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:54 pm
drive for about 3 hours

8:46 pm  Eugene
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 10 hours
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 Day 3

8:00 am  leave from Eugene
drive for about 2 hours

9:57 am  Portland
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 1:57 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:41 pm  Seattle
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 8:41 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:04 pm  arrive in Vancouver
stay at Yaletown

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Los Angeles  (612 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?
        Area an hour away from LAX airport

San Luis Obispo  (122 answers)
    Bishop Peak  (4 mentions)
    San Luis Obispo Mission  (3 mentions)
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo  (3 mentions)
    Edna Valley  (2 mentions)
    F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around San Luis Obispo:
        Firestone Grill
        Novo Restaurant & Lounge
        Bello Mundo
        Splash Cafe
        Avila Valley Barn
    questions about San Luis Obispo:
        Lodging
        Exploring SLO in March to scout moving there - what should I check out?
        Where to stay outside of San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly graduation
        What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?

Santa Cruz  (85 answers)
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk  (20 mentions)
    Natural Bridges State Beach  (4 mentions)
    The Mystery Spot  (4 mentions)
    Santa Cruz Beach  (4 mentions)
    Seabright State Beach  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Cruz:
        Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
        Marianne's Ice Cream‎
    questions about Santa Cruz:
        Activities during reunion in santa cruz
        What are some must places to go to in Santa Cruz, CA
        Are there any good restaurants in Santa Cruz?
        Names of beaches that aren't so crowded
        Best Things To Do In Santa Cruz?

Redding  (11 answers)
    restaurants around Redding:
        Wilda's Grill
        Market Street Steakhouse
    questions about Redding:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Redding?
        Best free things to do in Redding?

Ashland (Oregon)  (29 answers)
    Ashland  (15 mentions)
    Oregon Shakespeare Festival  (3 mentions)
    Lithia Park  (2 mentions)
    questions about Ashland (Oregon):
        Best free things to do in Ashland (Oregon)?
        Spas in the Ashland area?
        What's the best neighborhood in Ashland (Oregon) for a first time visitor?

Eugene  (16 answers)
    questions about Eugene:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Eugene?

Portland  (245 answers)
    International Rose Test Garden  (20 mentions)
    Powell's City of Books  (17 mentions)
    Japanese Gardens  (15 mentions)
    Portland Saturday Market  (13 mentions)
    Timberline Lodge  (12 mentions)
    restaurants around Portland:
        Voodoo Doughnuts
        Tasty N Sons
        Lardo
        Potato Champion
        Pok Pok Restaurant
    questions about Portland:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Portland?
        Mid July: 1 week with wife and kid - what should we prioritize?
        Best coffee shops in Portland
        Visiting in July for 5 days with my boyfriend, where and what must we do?
        Artsy area with fun little shops

Seattle  (270 answers)
    Pike Place Market  (113 mentions)
    Space Needle  (54 mentions)
    Experience Music Project  (25 mentions)
    Pioneer Square  (25 mentions)
    Kerry Park  (24 mentions)
    restaurants around Seattle:
        Serious Pie
        Cafe Campagne
        Piroshky Piroshky
        Original Starbucks
        Matt's in The Market
    questions about Seattle:
        Is the Space Needle worth seeing?
        Best free things to do in Seattle?
        2-day solo trip to Seattle - What to do?
        Where are the most photogenic areas in Seattle?
        What are the best restaurants in Seattle?


Where's the best place to stay in Vancouver?

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 Vancouver.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Yaletown, which was mentioned 7 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Fairmont Pacific Rim  (6 mentions)
OPUS Hotel Vancouver  (4 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Vancouver? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Vancouver?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Vij’s, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

L'Abattoir  (4 mentions)
Chambar Restaurant  (4 mentions)
Fable Kitchen  (3 mentions)
Edible Canada  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Vancouver? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Vancouver?

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:

Stanley Park  (37 mentions)
Grouse Grind  (10 mentions)
Vancouver Aquarium  (7 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 Vancouver. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Vancouver?  (11 answers)

profile  Patti from Hoffman Estates, Illinois asked:
Best place to exchange currency  (10 answers)

profile  Jennifer from Culver City asked:
Restaurant suggestions for birthday trip?  (9 answers)

profile  Aerin from Santa Barbara asked:
Prettiest nature places in Vancouver?  (7 answers)

profile  Dea from New York City asked:
First time in Vancouver, what should I do?  (7 answers)

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




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 Vancouver 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 Vancouver. Or get a full San Diego to Vancouver 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.

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 1,395 miles
driving time of 21 hours, 32 minutes
Vancouver is the same time as San Diego
256 San Diego travel answers
612 Los Angeles travel answers
122 San Luis Obispo travel answers
85 Santa Cruz travel answers
11 Redding travel answers
29 Ashland (Oregon) travel answers
16 Eugene travel answers
245 Portland travel answers
270 Seattle travel answers
152 Vancouver travel answers





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