Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Barbara, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.
10:00 am start in San Simeon
drive for about 49 minutes
10:49 am San Luis Obispo
stay for about 2.5 hours and leave at 1:19 pm
drive for about 1 hour
2:29 pm Solvang
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:29 pm
drive for about 43 minutes
driving ≈ 2.5 hours
Your starting point is San Simeon, 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.
San Luis Obispo (119 answers)
Bishop Peak (4 mentions)
San Luis Obispo Mission (3 mentions)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (3 mentions)
Edna Valley (2 mentions)
F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House (2 mentions)
restaurants around San Luis Obispo:
Novo Restaurant & Lounge
Avila Valley Barn
hotels around San Luis Obispo:
The Madonna Inn
Madonna Inn Resort & Spa
Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Seacrest Beach Resort
questions about San Luis Obispo:
Exploring SLO in March to scout moving there - what should I check out?
Where to stay outside of San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly graduation
What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?
Solvang (44 answers)
Firestone Vineyard (3 mentions)
Fess Parker Winery (3 mentions)
R Country Market (2 mentions)
Blackjack Ranch (2 mentions)
Saarloos And Sons Tasting Room (2 mentions)
restaurants around Solvang:
Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe
Olsen's Danish Village Bakery & Coffee Shop
hotels around Solvang:
Ballard Inn & Restaurant
questions about Solvang:
What to do in Solvang... good places to stay, eat, etc.
Your final destination is Santa Barbara, 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 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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