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San Francisco to Venice Beach drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

San Francisco to Venice Beach road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to Venice Beach. If you're planning a road trip to Venice Beach, 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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 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 53 minutes

12:42 pm  Modesto
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:42 pm
drive for about 53 minutes

2:35 pm  eat at Pea Soup Andersen's
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:35 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:11 pm  eat at Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Coalinga
drive for about 1 hour

11:12 am  Lost Hills
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:12 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:35 pm  Grapevine
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:35 pm
drive for about 57 minutes

3:33 pm  eat at Six Flags Magic Mountain
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:33 pm
drive for about 46 minutes

5:19 pm  arrive in Venice Beach
eat at Gjelina
stay at Shutters On the Beach

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

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

Modesto  (6 answers)

Pea Soup Andersen's  (2 mentions)

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant  (5 mentions)

Lost Hills

Grapevine  (4 answers)

Six Flags Magic Mountain  (10 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Venice Beach?

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 Venice Beach.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Shutters On the Beach, which was mentioned 36 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Erwin  (30 mentions)
Shade Hotel  (20 mentions)
The Huntley Hotel  (15 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Venice Beach? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Venice Beach?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Gjelina, which was mentioned 44 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

MB Post  (39 mentions)
Simmzy's  (22 mentions)
Fishing with Dynamite  (16 mentions)
North End Caffe  (14 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Venice Beach? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Venice Beach?

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:

Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
LACMA  (50 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 Venice Beach. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  JohnnyHillary from Lufkin, Texas asked:
Free things to do in Venice  (2 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best restaurants in Venice Beach?  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Venice Beach.




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 Venice Beach 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 Venice Beach. Or get a full San Francisco to Venice Beach 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 382 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 47 minutes
630 San Francisco travel answers
10 Livermore travel answers
6 Modesto travel answers
4 Grapevine travel answers
128 Venice Beach travel answers





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