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Santa Monica to San Luis Obispo via Bakersfield

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Santa Monica to San Luis Obispo road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Santa Monica to San Luis Obispo. If you're planning a road trip to San Luis Obispo, 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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10:00 am  start in Santa Monica
drive for about 2 hours

11:53 am  Bakersfield
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:53 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:42 pm  Paso Robles
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:42 pm
drive for about 28 minutes

4:10 pm  arrive in San Luis Obispo
stay at The Madonna Inn

driving ≈ 4 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Bakersfield  (23 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?

Paso Robles  (51 answers)
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company  (6 mentions)
    Villicana Winery  (5 mentions)
    Terry Hoage Vineyards  (3 mentions)
    Summerwood Winery & Inn  (3 mentions)
    DAOU Vineyards & Winery  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Paso Robles:
        Niner Wine Estates
        Ecluse Wines
        Pier 46 Seafood Market
        Brecon Estate
        ONX
    hotels around Paso Robles:
        Summerwood Winery and Inn
    questions about Paso Robles:
        Good wineries in Paso Robles
        Where should I eat in Paso Robles?
        Casual eats near Paso Robles?
        Favorite Wineries Near Paso Robles


Where's the best place to stay in San Luis Obispo?

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 San Luis Obispo.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Madonna Inn, which was mentioned 12 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Seacrest Beach Resort  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in San Luis Obispo? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in San Luis Obispo?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Firestone Grill, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Bello Mundo  (3 mentions)
Splash Cafe  (2 mentions)
Avila Valley Barn  (2 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in San Luis Obispo?

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:

Bishop Peak  (4 mentions)
Edna Valley  (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!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about San Luis Obispo. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?  (5 answers)

profile  Bharat from Dallas, Texas asked:
Lodging  (5 answers)

profile  Tracy from Portland, Oregon asked:
Exploring SLO in March to scout moving there - what should I check out?  (5 answers)

profile  Debbie from San Francisco asked:
Where to stay outside of San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly graduation  (3 answers)

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




At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 248 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 6 minutes
229 Santa Monica travel answers
23 Bakersfield travel answers
51 Paso Robles travel answers
125 San Luis Obispo travel answers





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