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How many stops on drive from San Fran to LA?

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How many stops on drive from San Fran to LA?

I have been reading the posts and see several different opinions on the amount of stops during this drive.

some say to stay in Cambria and other say to take 2 nights to drive down (one night in MOnterey and one in Cambria) before getting to the LA area.

If we do stay two nights, are there ample things to do in both cities? Any hotel recommendations in each?

What is the driving distance between San Fran-- Monterey---Cambria---LA? I have plugged it into google but I realize their times may not be accurate due to the winding roads, etc.

Thanks for your advice!

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1. Re: How many stops on drive from San Fran to LA?

See my reply in the SF forum. This is a duplicate of that post

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2. Re: How many stops on drive from San Fran to LA?

It depends how leisurely you want to take it.

It depends on what activities you want to do.

It depends on where you want to stay.

The key thing people like to go to is Big Sur area



If you want to enjoy fine wine then many people stay in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo area to enjoy the many wineries there


Some like to see Hearst Castle which is close to San Simeon and Cambria - Cambria has the Moonstone Beach area to stay at

Some like to see the aquarium, Point Lobos, Elkhorn Slough, etc. in Monterey

and some like Santa Cruz boardwalk in Santa Cruz

Others like to go to Channel Islands National Park

and so on and on

As such, it depends what you want to do and see. ,......and what activities you enjoy doing.

As such, you get a lot of conflicting opinons.

There is no right or wrong answer - you can drive it in a day without stops or you can spend a leisurely week at it.

Many do it for 2 days staying north of Big Sur area one day; the other south

But again, its all personal preference of what you want to do and see.

And by the way some even just go to Big Sur for one night.....

(Note: Those who need to make the drive up the coast - there is a bypass (101) from the Big Sur area....and then it is a very easy drive from Los Angelses to San Francisco.

Yep, you would miss the amazing Big Sur but it all depends on what you want to see and do this trip...

and for repeat visitors there is so much to see in California they may want to do the faster route if they have done Big Sur.....so they can do other amazing things in California

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3. Re: How many stops on drive from San Fran to LA?

This thread is on the SF forum and has broader responses: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60713-i30-k740331…

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