Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Barbara, 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.
11:00 am start in San Francisco
drive for about 55 minutes
11:55 am San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:55 pm
drive for about 1 hour
2:00 pm San Juan Bautista
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am
day 1 driving ≈ 2 hours
11:00 am leave from San Juan Bautista
drive for about 2 hours
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?
San Juan Bautista (5 answers)
Mission San Juan Bautista (2 mentions)
restaurants around San Juan Bautista:
Cambria (57 answers)
Hearst Castle (86 mentions)
Moonstone Beach Dr (3 mentions)
Burton Inn (3 mentions)
San Simeon State Beach (2 mentions)
Ball & Skein & More (2 mentions)
restaurants around Cambria:
Lombardi's Pasta Familia
Sebastian's General Store
Wild Ginger Cafe
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 Santa Barbara.
If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, which was mentioned 15 times on Trippy.
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Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?
Trippy members suggest McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, which was mentioned 5 times.
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This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.
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