Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Santa Monica to Monterey. If you're planning a road trip to Monterey, 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.
11:00 am start in Santa Monica
drive for about 3 hours
day 1 driving ≈ 3 hours
11:00 am leave from Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
drive for about 2.5 hours
1:15 pm Salinas
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:15 pm
drive for about 27 minutes
day 2 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
Pismo Beach (California) (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 (California):
Avila Valley Barn
hotels around Pismo Beach (California):
Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Seacrest Beach Resort
Salinas (4 answers)
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 Monterey.
If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Mission Ranch Hotel, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.
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Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?
Trippy members suggest Passionfish, which was mentioned 7 times.
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This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.
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