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San Francisco to San Luis Obispo via Carmel

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

San Francisco to San Luis Obispo road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo. If you're planning a road trip to San Luis Obispo, 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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10:00 am  start in San Francisco
drive for about 2 hours

12:10 pm  Carmel
eat at Passionfish
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 2:40 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

5:07 pm  arrive in San Luis Obispo
eat at Firestone Grill
stay at The Madonna Inn

driving ≈ 4.5 hours


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San Francisco to San Luis Obispo questions

profile  Debbie from San Francisco asked:
Things to do along the drive from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo  (3 answers)

profile  Ann from Merrick, New York asked:
San Fran to San Luis Obispo Airport in 32 hours. . .Help!  (3 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

Carmel  (102 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:
        Passionfish
        Katy's Place
        Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant
        Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
        Sunset Lounge
    hotels around Carmel:
        Mission Ranch Hotel
        Lodge at Pebble Beach
        Seven Gables Inn
        Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
        La Playa Hotel Carmel-By-The-Sea
    questions about Carmel:
        Favorite Restaurants & Wineries
        Luxurious but not pretentious hotels and any restaurant recommendations


Where's the best place to stay in San Luis Obispo?

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 Luis Obispo.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Madonna Inn, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Seacrest Beach Resort  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in San Luis Obispo?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Firestone Grill, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Bello Mundo  (3 mentions)
Splash Cafe  (2 mentions)
Avila Valley Barn  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in San Luis Obispo?

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:

Bishop Peak  (4 mentions)
Edna Valley  (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!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about San Luis Obispo. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?  (5 answers)

profile  Bharat from Dallas, Texas asked:
Lodging  (5 answers)

profile  Tracy from Portland, Oregon asked:
Exploring SLO in March to scout moving there - what should I check out?  (5 answers)

profile  Debbie from San Francisco asked:
Where to stay outside of San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly graduation  (3 answers)

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




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 Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo. Or get a full San Francisco to San Luis Obispo 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 266 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 25 minutes
630 San Francisco travel answers
102 Carmel travel answers
122 San Luis Obispo travel answers





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