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Santa Barbara to San Simeon drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets


Santa Barbara to San Simeon road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon. If you're planning a road trip to San Simeon, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Santa Barbara and San Simeon. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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11:00 am  start in Santa Barbara
drive for about 44 minutes

11:44 am  Solvang
eat at Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:44 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

1:42 pm  Pismo Beach
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:42 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:42 pm  arrive in San Simeon

driving ≈ 2.5 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Santa Barbara, 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?

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.
Pismo Beach  (47 answers)
    Laetitia Vineyard & Winery  (3 mentions)
    San Luis Obispo Mission  (3 mentions)
    Edna Valley  (2 mentions)
    F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Pismo Beach:
        Splash Cafe
        Avila Valley Barn
    hotels around Pismo Beach:
        Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
        Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
        Seacrest Beach Resort




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Simeon, California.

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



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

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Lombardi's Pasta Familia, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Wild Ginger Cafe  (2 mentions)

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





What are some things to do in San Simeon?

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:

Hearst Castle  (86 mentions)
Moonstone Beach Dr  (3 mentions)
Burton Inn  (3 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!

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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 137 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 18 minutes
185 Santa Barbara travel answers
44 Solvang travel answers
47 Pismo Beach travel answers
39 San Simeon travel answers





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