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Santa Cruz to Cambria drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Santa Cruz to Cambria road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Santa Cruz to Cambria. If you're planning a road trip to Cambria, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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9:00 am  start in Santa Cruz
drive for about 47 minutes

9:47 am  Monterey
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 1:47 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:19 pm  Pinnacles National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:19 pm
drive for about 32 minutes

4:50 pm  King City (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:50 pm
drive for about 49 minutes

6:39 pm  Re:Find
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:39 pm
drive for about 48 minutes

8:27 pm  Morro Bay
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 9:27 pm
drive for about 26 minutes

9:54 pm  arrive in Cambria

driving ≈ 5 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Monterey  (167 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

Pinnacles National Park  (2 mentions)
    questions about Pinnacles National Park:
        Best hikes in Pinnacles National Park?

King City (California)  (2 answers)

Re:Find  (2 mentions)

Morro Bay  (53 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


Where's the best place to eat in Cambria?

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 Cambria? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Cambria?

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)
San Simeon State Beach  (2 mentions)
Ball & Skein & More  (2 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!

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




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 Cambria to Santa Cruz drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Santa Cruz? Try searching for places within 3 hours of Santa Cruz.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Santa Cruz to Cambria. Or get a full Santa Cruz to Cambria 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 Cruz well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Santa Cruz!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 164 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 42 minutes
85 Santa Cruz travel answers
167 Monterey travel answers
2 King City (California) travel answers
53 Morro Bay travel answers
57 Cambria travel answers





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