Top 14 road trips from Santa Monica

Santa Monica to San Diego
starting from Santa Monica
1 hour → Laguna Beach
47 minutes → Carlsbad
43 minutes → Balboa Park
6 minutes → San Diego




3 hours of driving
Santa Monica to San Luis Obispo
starting from Santa Monica
1 hour → Ventura
29 minutes → Santa Barbara
44 minutes → Solvang
58 minutes → Pismo Beach
18 minutes → San Luis Obispo



3.5 hours of driving
Santa Monica to Big Sur
starting from Santa Monica
1 hour → Ventura
1 hour → Solvang
58 minutes → Pismo Beach
1 hour → Hearst Castle
1 hour → Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
21 minutes → Big Sur


5.5 hours of driving
Santa Monica to Monterey
starting from Santa Monica
43 minutes → Six Flags Magic Mountain
57 minutes → Grapevine
1.5 hours → Lost Hills
1.5 hours → Paso Robles
50 minutes → King City
50 minutes → Salinas
27 minutes → Monterey

6.5 hours of driving
Santa Monica to Carmel
starting from Santa Monica
43 minutes → Six Flags Magic Mountain
57 minutes → Grapevine
1.5 hours → Lost Hills
1.5 hours → Paso Robles
50 minutes → King City
50 minutes → Salinas
31 minutes → Carmel

6.5 hours of driving
Santa Monica to Carmel By the Sea
starting from Santa Monica
1.5 hours → Grapevine
32 minutes → Bakersfield
49 minutes → Lost Hills
1 hour → Cass Winery
1 hour → King City
50 minutes → Salinas
31 minutes → Carmel By the Sea

6.5 hours of driving
Santa Monica to Las Vegas
starting from Santa Monica
1 hour → Mt Baldy
1 hour → Lake Arrowhead
1.5 hours → Barstow
51 minutes → Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
43 minutes → Worlds tallest thermometer!
59 minutes → Primm Valley Golf Club
1 hour → Las Vegas

7.5 hours of driving
Santa Monica to Santa Cruz
starting from Santa Monica
43 minutes → Six Flags Magic Mountain
57 minutes → Grapevine
2 hours → Kettleman City
1.5 hours → Firebaugh
55 minutes → Pea Soup Andersen's
1 hour → Salinas
46 minutes → Santa Cruz

7.5 hours of driving
Santa Monica to Sausalito
starting from Santa Monica
1.5 hours → Grapevine
59 minutes → Buttonwillow
1.5 hours → Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
50 minutes → Firebaugh
55 minutes → Pea Soup Andersen's
1 hour → Steven Kent and La Rochelle Winery
56 minutes → Alcatraz
8 minutes → Sausalito
8 hours of driving
Santa Monica to Napa
starting from Santa Monica
1.5 hours → Grapevine
59 minutes → Buttonwillow
1.5 hours → Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
50 minutes → Firebaugh
55 minutes → Pea Soup Andersen's
1.5 hours → Livermore
1 hour → Napa

8.5 hours of driving
Santa Monica to Sonoma
starting from Santa Monica
1.5 hours → Grapevine
59 minutes → Buttonwillow
1.5 hours → Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
50 minutes → Firebaugh
55 minutes → Pea Soup Andersen's
1 hour → Tesla Vintners
1 hour → Sonoma

8.5 hours of driving
Santa Monica to San Francisco
starting from Santa Monica
1.5 hours → Grapevine
1.5 hours → Lost Hills
46 minutes → Kettleman City
2 hours → Pea Soup Andersen's
53 minutes → Modesto
54 minutes → Livermore
54 minutes → San Francisco

8.5 hours of driving
Santa Monica to Phoenix
starting from Santa Monica
52 minutes → Disneyland
1.5 hours → Oak Glen
48 minutes → Palm Springs
1.5 hours → Desert Center
1 hour → Ripley
2.5 hours → Maricopa County
36 minutes → Phoenix

8.5 hours of driving
Santa Monica to Sedona
starting from Santa Monica
52 minutes → Disneyland
1.5 hours → Palm Springs
2 hours → Ehrenberg
2.5 hours → Buckeye
2 hours → Montezuma Castle National Monument
29 minutes → Sedona


9.5 hours of driving

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