Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to Manhattan Beach. If you're planning a road trip to Manhattan Beach, 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.
10:00 am start in San Francisco
drive for about 55 minutes
10:55 am San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:55 am
drive for about 1.5 hours
1:17 pm Carmel By the Sea
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 2:47 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours
day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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10:00 am leave from The Madonna Inn
drive for about 3.5 hours
1:18 pm Santa Monica
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 5:18 pm
drive for about 32 minutes
day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours
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?
Carmel By the Sea (69 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 Carmel By the Sea:
Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant
Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
Old Fisherman's Grotto
questions about Carmel By the Sea:
Romantic restaurant and hotel in Carmel
Things to do that'll interest 17-year-old brother
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:
Novo Restaurant & Lounge
Avila Valley Barn
hotels around San Luis Obispo:
The Madonna Inn
Madonna Inn Resort & Spa
Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Seacrest Beach Resort
questions about San Luis Obispo:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?
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
Santa Monica (225 answers)
Santa Monica Pier (70 mentions)
Venice Beach Boardwalk (62 mentions)
Abbot Kinney (56 mentions)
Third Street Promenade (55 mentions)
LACMA (50 mentions)
restaurants around Santa Monica:
The Apple Pan
Joan's on Third Cafe
questions about Santa Monica:
Drinks in SM?
Fun things to do in Santa Monica?
Fun Santa Monica hotels under $400/night?
Good breakfast spot for a business meeting?
Avoiding sticker shock in Santa Monica
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 Manhattan Beach.
If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Erwin, which was mentioned 30 times on Trippy.
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Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?
Trippy members suggest Gjelina, which was mentioned 44 times.
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