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San Simeon to Santa Barbara drive

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San Simeon to Santa Barbara road trip planner

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.

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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

4:12 pm:  arrive in Santa Barbara
stay at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara


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Where does my trip begin?

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.




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?

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:
        Firestone Grill
        Novo Restaurant & Lounge
        Bello Mundo
        Splash Cafe
        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?
        Lodging
        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
        Industrial Eats
        Panino
        Petros
    hotels around Solvang:
        Ballard Inn & Restaurant
        HOTEL CORQUE
    questions about Solvang:
        What to do in Solvang... good places to stay, eat, etc.




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Santa Barbara, California.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Santa Barbara?

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.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Isla Vista  (2 mentions)
San Ysidro Ranch  (2 mentions)
El Encanto Hotel  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Santa Barbara? Click the blue button below.






Where's the best place to eat in Santa Barbara?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

La Super-Rica Taqueria  (5 mentions)
The Palace Grill  (4 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Santa Barbara? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in Santa Barbara?

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:

Butterfly Beach  (7 mentions)
Bacara Resort & Spa  (6 mentions)
Hendry's Beach  (4 mentions)
Stearns Wharf  (4 mentions)
The Funk Zone  (4 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 Santa Barbara. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Veronica Belmont from San Francisco asked:
Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?  (9 answers)

 Kay Busch from Vermont asked:
Bachelorette Weekend Getaway in Santa Barbara  (6 answers)

 Darren Lieberman from Jersey City asked:
Best Beach in Santa Barbara?  (5 answers)

 Stephanie Scheff Bramell from Venice Beach asked:
24 hours in Santa Barbara, what do I have to see/eat/do?  (5 answers)

 Beverly Joesten from San Luis Obispo asked:
Santa Barbara wine country ideas?  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Santa Barbara.






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 Santa Barbara to San Simeon 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 Simeon to Santa Barbara. Or get a full San Simeon to Santa Barbara 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 Simeon well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Simeon!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 135 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 18 minutes
39 San Simeon travel answers
119 San Luis Obispo travel answers
44 Solvang travel answers
183 Santa Barbara travel answers





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