With iconic road trip routes like Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway, cruising through the route to California is a driver’s dream. As you plan your next road trip through The Golden State, you might want to consider the number of miles you’ll be putting on your vehicle and how long it will take for you to drive to your desired destination. We’ve compiled a list of estimated driving distances and durations between popular destinations in Google Maps via TripIt.
If you need inspiration on what areas of California to explore, consider reading our blog post titled “California Road Trip Planner” for details on each region of the state.
Estimated Driving Distances in California
San Francisco to Santa Cruz: 73 Miles
San Francisco to Los Angeles: 380 Miles
San Francisco to San Luis Obispo: 230 Miles
San Francisco to San Diego: 500 Miles
Los Angeles to Bakersfield: 110 Miles
Los Angeles to Santa Barbera: 90 Miles
Los Angeles to San Diego: 120 Miles
Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo: 190 Miles
San Diego to Irvine: 86 Miles
San Diego to Santa Cruz: 470 Miles
Estimated Driving Times in California
San Francisco to Santa Cruz: 1.5 to 2 Hours
San Francisco to Los Angeles: 6.5 Hours
San Francisco to San Luis Obispo: 4 Hours
San Francisco to San Diego: 9 Hours
Los Angeles to Bakersfield: 5 Hours
Los Angeles to Santa Barbara: 1.5 to 2 Hours
Los Angeles to San Diego: 2 Hours
Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo: 3.5 Hours
San Diego to Irvine: 1.5 Hours
San Diego to Santa Cruz: 8 Hours
For more approximate driving distances and time durations that factor in current traffic conditions, plug in the desired destination addresses within TripIt for the perfect drive to California.
Sample Route Planner: Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to the Dream Inn Hotel in Santa Cruz
Here’s an example of driving directions generated by Google Maps through TripIt. This route to California takes you from the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to the Dream Inn Hotel in Santa Cruz.
72.9 Miles (about 1 hour and 40 minutes)
- Head west on Lincoln Way toward La Playa St.
- Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Great Hwy
- Turn right onto CA-35/Skyline Blvd
- Use the right lane to merge onto CA-1 via the ramp to Pacific/Santa Cruz
- Merge onto CA-1 S
- Turn right onto Dufour St
- Turn left onto California Ave
- Turn right onto Bay St
- Turn left onto W Cliff Dr and the destination will be on the right
Map data © 2015 Google
Mobile Route to California Planner
Once you’ve created a California travel itinerary with TripIt, you can access your route information through our mobile app or mobile website. Using a map and directions in your itinerary on TripIt’s mobile app requires the pre-installation of Google Maps to your mobile device. TripIt will open Google Maps on your device should you click on a map or directions in your travel itinerary. From there, you can use a variety of features on Google Maps to reach your destination. From calculated travel time to highlighted traffic updates, Google Maps will provide you with the best possible route to the destination of your choice.