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San Francisco to Cambria drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

San Francisco to Cambria road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in San Francisco
drive for about 40 minutes

11:40 am  Half Moon Bay
eat at Sam's Chowder House
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:40 pm
drive for about 49 minutes

1:29 pm  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:29 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:34 pm  San Juan Bautista
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2.5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from San Juan Bautista
drive for about 40 minutes

10:40 am  Monterey
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 12:40 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:12 pm  Pinnacles National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:12 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:36 pm  Villicana Winery
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:36 pm
drive for about 32 minutes

6:08 pm  arrive in Cambria
eat at Lombardi's Pasta Familia

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Half Moon Bay  (39 answers)
    Montara State Beach  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Half Moon Bay:
        Sam's Chowder House
        Pasta Moon
        Spice Me Thai
    questions about Half Moon Bay:
        Super nice, conveniently-located hotel for girls weekend in June
        What are the best sea food markets in Half Moon Bay?

San Jose  (39 answers)
    The Tech Museum of Innovation  (3 mentions)
    San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
    Santana Row  (3 mentions)
    Winchester Mystery House  (2 mentions)
    California's Great America  (2 mentions)
    questions about San Jose:
        What's the best neighborhood in San Jose for a first time visitor?
        Hotels with airport parking in San Jose
        Best missions to see & other good activities for kids
        Neighborhood for young professional in San Jose
        Free things to do in San Jose?

San Juan Bautista  (5 answers)
    Mission San Juan Bautista  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around San Juan Bautista:
        Vertigo Coffee

Monterey  (167 answers)
    Monterey Bay Aquarium  (41 mentions)
    Pebble Beach  (21 mentions)
    Point Lobos  (9 mentions)
    Point Lobos State Reserve  (8 mentions)
    17-Mile Drive  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Monterey:
        Passionfish
        Katy's Place
        Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant
        Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
        Sunset Lounge
    questions about Monterey:
        Restaurant recommendations for a large group dinner?
        What to do for a family outing in Monterey?
        Things to do with the kiddos besides the aquarium
        hotels in Monterey, CA

Pinnacles National Park  (2 mentions)
    questions about Pinnacles National Park:
        Best hikes in Pinnacles National Park?

Villicana Winery  (5 mentions)


Where's the best place to eat in Cambria?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Lombardi's Pasta Familia, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Wild Ginger Cafe  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Cambria?

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:

Hearst Castle  (86 mentions)
Moonstone Beach Dr  (3 mentions)
Burton Inn  (3 mentions)
San Simeon State Beach  (2 mentions)
Ball & Skein & More  (2 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!

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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 Cambria to San Francisco drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of San Francisco? Try searching for places within 4 hours of San Francisco.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from San Francisco to Cambria. Or get a full San Francisco to Cambria 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 Francisco well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Francisco!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 232 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 41 minutes
630 San Francisco travel answers
39 Half Moon Bay travel answers
39 San Jose travel answers
5 San Juan Bautista travel answers
167 Monterey travel answers
57 Cambria travel answers





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