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San Francisco to Paso Robles via Santa Cruz

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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11:00 am  start in San Francisco
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:25 pm  Santa Cruz
eat at Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 2:25 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:47 pm  arrive in Paso Robles
stay at Summerwood Winery and Inn

driving ≈ 4 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

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?


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)

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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 Paso Robles to San Francisco 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 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 209 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 28 minutes
630 San Francisco travel answers
85 Santa Cruz travel answers
49 Paso Robles travel answers





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