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San Luis Obispo to San Francisco drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets


San Luis Obispo to San Francisco road trip planner

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.

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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

11:46 pm  arrive in San Francisco
stay at Top of the Mark

driving ≈ 5.5 hours


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San Luis Obispo to San Francisco 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 does my trip begin?

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.



How many cars do we need?

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.



Where should I stop along the way?

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:
        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
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:
        Passionfish
        Katy's Place
        Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant
        Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
        Sunset Lounge
    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
        Pasta Moon
        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?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Francisco, California.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.



Where's the best place to stay in San Francisco?

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.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Vitale  (8 mentions)
Cavallo Point  (4 mentions)

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





Where's the best place to eat in San Francisco?

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:

Swan Oyster Depot  (22 mentions)
Kokkari Estiatorio  (21 mentions)
Tartine bakery  (20 mentions)

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





What are some things to do in San Francisco?

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:

Golden Gate Bridge  (130 mentions)
Golden Gate Park  (112 mentions)
Alcatraz  (85 mentions)
Fisherman's Wharf  (82 mentions)
Union Square  (79 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 Francisco. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Jessica from asked:
Best seafood restaurant in S.F.?  (29 answers)

profile  Dina from Dallas asked:
What are the top 5 can't miss tourist attractions in S.F.?  (20 answers)

profile  Julie from Atlanta asked:
Best activities for kids  (19 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?  (19 answers)

profile  harmony from Marina Del Rey asked:
Any restaurant recommendations greatly appreciated for a girls trip  (17 answers)

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





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 Francisco 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 San Francisco. Or get a full San Luis Obispo to San Francisco 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!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 232 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 49 minutes
120 San Luis Obispo travel answers
52 Morro Bay travel answers
53 Cambria travel answers
198 Big Sur travel answers
166 Monterey travel answers
84 Santa Cruz travel answers
40 Half Moon Bay travel answers
604 San Francisco travel answers





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