Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Luis Obispo to San Francisco. If you're planning a road trip to San Francisco, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Luis Obispo and San Francisco. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.
8:00 am start in San Luis Obispo
drive for about 18 minutes
8:18 am Morro Bay
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 9:18 am
drive for about 26 minutes
9:44 am Cambria
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 10:44 am
drive for about 17 minutes
11:01 am Hearst Castle
stay for about 1.5 hours and leave at 12:16 pm
drive for about 1 hour
1:27 pm Big Sur
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 3:27 pm
drive for about 47 minutes
4:14 pm Monterey
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 6:14 pm
drive for about 6 minutes
6:20 pm Monterey Bay Aquarium
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 7:20 pm
drive for about 43 minutes
8:03 pm Santa Cruz
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 9:03 pm
drive for about 1 hour
10:05 pm Half Moon Bay
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:05 pm
drive for about 40 minutes
driving ≈ 5.5 hours
Your starting point is San Luis Obispo, California.
You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.
Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.
Morro Bay (52 answers)
Morro Bay (8 mentions)
Morro Rock (6 mentions)
Montana de Oro State Park (4 mentions)
Baywood inn (4 mentions)
Morro Bay State Park (3 mentions)
restaurants around Morro Bay:
Brown Butter Cookie Co
Cambria (53 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
Hearst Castle (100 mentions)
Big Sur (198 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:
Post Ranch Inn
Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant
Coast Gallery & Cafe
Big Sur River Inn
hotels around Big Sur:
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
Monterey (166 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 Monterey:
Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant
Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
hotels around Monterey:
Mission Ranch Hotel
Lodge at Pebble Beach
Seven Gables Inn
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
La Playa Hotel Carmel-By-The-Sea
questions about Monterey:
Restaurant recommendations for a large group dinner?
What to do for a family outing in Monterey?
Things to do with the kiddos besides the aquarium
hotels in Monterey, CA
Monterey Bay Aquarium (45 mentions)
Santa Cruz (84 answers)
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (20 mentions)
Natural Bridges State Beach (4 mentions)
The Mystery Spot (4 mentions)
Santa Cruz Beach (4 mentions)
Seabright State Beach (3 mentions)
restaurants around Santa Cruz:
Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
Marianne's Ice Cream
questions about Santa Cruz:
Activities during reunion in santa cruz
What are some must places to go to in Santa Cruz, CA
Names of beaches that aren't so crowded
Best Things To Do In Santa Cruz?
Are there any good restaurants in Santa Cruz?
Half Moon Bay (40 answers)
Montara State Beach (2 mentions)
restaurants around Half Moon Bay:
Sam's Chowder House
Spice Me Thai
questions about Half Moon Bay:
Super nice, conveniently-located hotel for girls weekend in June
What are the best sea food markets in Half Moon Bay?
Your final destination is San Francisco, California.
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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 Francisco.
You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in San Francisco to stay.
If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Top of the Mark, which was mentioned 13 times on Trippy.
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Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?
Trippy members suggest Ike's Place, which was mentioned 23 times.
Here are some more restaurants people talk about:
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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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