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San Francisco to San Diego drive

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  San Francisco
 Livermore
 Pea Soup Andersen's
 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
 Lost Hills
 Bakersfield
 Burbank (California)
 Laguna Beach
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Francisco to San Diego road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in San Francisco
drive for about 48 minutes

10:48 am  Livermore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:48 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:06 pm  eat at Pea Soup Andersen's
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:06 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:43 pm  eat at Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:43 pm
drive for about 1 hour

5:56 pm  Lost Hills
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Lost Hills
drive for about 49 minutes

10:49 am  Bakersfield
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:49 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:34 pm  Burbank (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:34 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:46 pm  Laguna Beach
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:46 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:05 pm  arrive in San Diego
eat at The Prado at Balboa Park
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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San Francisco to San Diego questions

profile  Shawna asked:
Must sees  (2 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

Livermore  (10 answers)
    Hacienda Crossings  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Livermore:
        Concannon Vineyard

Pea Soup Andersen's  (2 mentions)

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant  (5 mentions)

Lost Hills

Bakersfield  (16 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?

Burbank (California)  (12 answers)
    Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
    Hollywood  (54 mentions)
    LACMA  (50 mentions)
    Universal Studios Hollywood  (49 mentions)
    The Grove  (44 mentions)
    restaurants around Burbank (California):
        Urth Caffe
        Joan's on Third Cafe
        Pizzeria Mozza
        Gracias Madre
        Jitlada Restaurant

Laguna Beach  (59 answers)
    Crystal Cove State Park  (10 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (8 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (3 mentions)
    Victoria Beach  (3 mentions)
    Dana Point Harbor  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Laguna Beach:
        Javier's Restaurant - Newport Beach
        Las Brisas
        Cafe Zoolu
        The Beachcomber Cafe
        Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
    questions about Laguna Beach:
        Where to stay and non-surfing things to do in Laguna Beach
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach?


Where's the best place to stay in San Diego?

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 San Diego.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Del Coronado, which was mentioned 28 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Glorietta Bay Inn  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in San Diego?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Prado at Balboa Park, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Hash House a-Go-Go  (10 mentions)
Extraordinary Desserts  (6 mentions)
Juniper & Ivy  (5 mentions)
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery  (5 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in San Diego?

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:

Balboa Park  (40 mentions)
San Diego Zoo  (25 mentions)
Mission Beach  (25 mentions)
Old Town San Diego  (16 mentions)
Ocean Beach  (16 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 San Diego. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Holly from Calgary asked:
Fun for a family with small children (NOT Disneyland!)  (11 answers)

profile  Evandro from Sao Paulo asked:
1 week in San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Lily from Los Angeles asked:
Restaurant & activities ideas for couples weekend getaway in San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Beverly from San Luis Obispo asked:
Weekend road trip from LA to San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
Wondering which beach is better to stay at? Ocean Beach or Mission Beach?  (8 answers)

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




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 San Diego 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 San Diego. Or get a full San Francisco to San Diego 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 501 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 42 minutes
San Diego is the same time as San Francisco
624 San Francisco travel answers
10 Livermore travel answers
16 Bakersfield travel answers
12 Burbank (California) travel answers
59 Laguna Beach travel answers
249 San Diego travel answers





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