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San Francisco to Paso Robles drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

San Francisco to Paso Robles road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to Paso Robles. If you're planning a road trip to Paso Robles, 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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9:00 am  start in San Francisco
drive for about 40 minutes

9:40 am  Half Moon Bay
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:40 am
drive for about 49 minutes

11:29 am  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:29 pm
drive for about 34 minutes

1:03 pm  Gilroy
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:03 pm
drive for about 33 minutes

2:36 pm  Salinas
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:36 pm
drive for about 44 minutes

4:20 pm  Pinnacles National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:20 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:44 pm  Villicana Winery
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:44 pm
drive for about 11 minutes

7:55 pm  arrive in Paso Robles
eat at Niner Wine Estates
stay at Summerwood Winery and Inn

driving ≈ 5 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?

Gilroy  (4 answers)
    Gilroy Premium Outlets  (3 mentions)
    Gilroy Gardens  (2 mentions)

Salinas  (4 answers)

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 stay in Paso Robles?

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 Paso Robles.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Summerwood Winery and Inn, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Paso Robles?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Niner Wine Estates, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Ecluse Wines  (3 mentions)
Pier 46 Seafood Market  (2 mentions)
Brecon Estate  (2 mentions)
ONX  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Paso Robles?

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:

Villicana Winery  (5 mentions)
Terry Hoage Vineyards  (3 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 Paso Robles. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Esteban from Los Angeles asked:
Good wineries in Paso Robles  (3 answers)

profile  Trevor from Los Angeles asked:
Where should I eat in Paso Robles?  (3 answers)

profile  Amy from Kansas City (Missouri) asked:
Casual eats near Paso Robles?  (2 answers)

profile  Hayley from Los Angeles asked:
Favorite Wineries Near Paso Robles  (2 answers)

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




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 Paso Robles 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 3 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 Paso Robles. Or get a full San Francisco to Paso Robles 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 204 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 10 minutes
630 San Francisco travel answers
39 Half Moon Bay travel answers
39 San Jose travel answers
4 Gilroy travel answers
4 Salinas travel answers
49 Paso Robles travel answers





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