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Venice Beach to Los Angeles drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Venice Beach to Los Angeles road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Venice Beach to Los Angeles. If you're planning a road trip to Los Angeles, 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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11:00 am  start in Venice Beach
drive for about 11 minutes

11:11 am  Santa Monica
eat at Gjelina
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 1:11 pm
drive for about 12 minutes

1:23 pm  Culver City
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:23 pm
drive for about 8 minutes

2:32 pm  LACMA
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:32 pm
drive for about 14 minutes

3:45 pm  Downtown Los Angeles
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:45 pm
drive for about 5 minutes

4:50 pm  arrive in Los Angeles
stay at Shutters On the Beach

driving ≈ 48 minutes




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Venice Beach to Los Angeles questions

profile  Tina from Bainbridge Island asked:
Dessert places in Venice Beach, CA, near the beach  (4 answers)

profile  Ieva from Jurmala asked:
Best prices/discounts for Michael Kors and Converse in Venice Beach?  (2 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

Santa Monica  (225 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    LACMA  (50 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Monica:
        Gjelina
        Urth Caffe
        The Apple Pan
        Joan's on Third Cafe
        Gracias Madre
    hotels around Santa Monica:
        Shutters On the Beach
        Hotel Erwin
        The Huntley Hotel
        Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
        Hotel Casa Del Mar
    questions about Santa Monica:
        Drinks in SM?
        Fun things to do in Santa Monica?
        Fun Santa Monica hotels under $400/night?
        Good breakfast spot for a business meeting?
        Avoiding sticker shock in Santa Monica

Culver City  (30 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    Hollywood  (54 mentions)
    restaurants around Culver City:
        Gjelina
        MB Post
        Simmzy's
        Fishing with Dynamite
        North End Caffe
    hotels around Culver City:
        Shutters On the Beach
        Hotel Erwin
        Shade Hotel
        The Huntley Hotel
        Chateau Marmont
    questions about Culver City:
        Best sushi in Culver City?

LACMA  (49 mentions)

Downtown Los Angeles  (45 mentions)
    questions about Downtown Los Angeles:
        any good sushi?


Where's the best place to stay in Los Angeles?

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 Los Angeles.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in Los Angeles to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Shutters On the Beach, which was mentioned 36 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Erwin  (30 mentions)
The Standard Downtown LA  (20 mentions)
Ace Hotel Los Angeles  (17 mentions)
The Huntley Hotel  (15 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Los Angeles? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Los Angeles?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Gjelina, which was mentioned 44 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Perch  (25 mentions)
Bottega Louie  (18 mentions)
Grand Central Market  (16 mentions)
Bestia  (15 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Los Angeles? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Los Angeles?

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:

Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
Third Street Promenade  (55 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 Los Angeles. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Michelle from Mesa asked:
Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?  (27 answers)

profile  Maxime from Los Angeles asked:
What's your favorite burger in L.A?  (26 answers)

profile  Clement from Singapore asked:
Free things to do in Los Angeles?  (24 answers)

profile  Steph from asked:
Area an hour away from LAX airport  (21 answers)

profile  Bianca from Miami asked:
What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?  (20 answers)

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




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 Los Angeles to Venice Beach 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 Venice Beach to Los Angeles. Or get a full Venice Beach to Los Angeles 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 Venice Beach well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Venice Beach!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 17 miles
driving time of 30 minutes
128 Venice Beach travel answers
225 Santa Monica travel answers
30 Culver City travel answers
612 Los Angeles travel answers





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