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San Luis Obispo to Pacific Grove via Big Sur

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

San Luis Obispo to Pacific Grove road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Luis Obispo to Pacific Grove. If you're planning a road trip to Pacific Grove, 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 Luis Obispo
drive for about 3 hours

12:56 pm  Big Sur
eat at Nepenthe
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 4:56 pm
drive for about 46 minutes

5:41 pm  arrive in Pacific Grove
eat at Passionfish
stay at Mission Ranch Hotel

driving ≈ 3.5 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Big Sur  (206 answers)
    Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park  (22 mentions)
    McWay Falls  (16 mentions)
    Pfeiffer State Beach  (9 mentions)
    Pfeiffer Beach  (6 mentions)
    Andrew Molera State Park  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Big Sur:
        Nepenthe
        Post Ranch Inn
        Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant
        Coast Gallery & Cafe
        Big Sur River Inn
    hotels around Big Sur:
        Fernwood Resort
        Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
        Ventana Inn & Spa
        Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
    questions about Big Sur:
        Whats the best hike in Big Sur? Best beach?
        First-come, first-serve camping sites in Big Sur?
        how far is the drive to sequoia national aprk


Where's the best place to stay in Pacific Grove?

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 Pacific Grove.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Mission Ranch Hotel, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Lodge at Pebble Beach  (2 mentions)
Seven Gables Inn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Pacific Grove? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Pacific Grove?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Passionfish, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Katy's Place  (7 mentions)
Sunset Lounge  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Pacific Grove? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Pacific Grove?

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:

Monterey Bay Aquarium  (41 mentions)
Pebble Beach  (21 mentions)
Point Lobos  (9 mentions)
17-Mile Drive  (6 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!

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Pacific Grove.




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 Pacific Grove to San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo to Pacific Grove. Or get a full San Luis Obispo to Pacific Grove 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 Luis Obispo well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Luis Obispo!




At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 138 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 16 minutes
125 San Luis Obispo travel answers
206 Big Sur travel answers
18 Pacific Grove travel answers





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