5 Best Road Trips on a Budget

fun-road-trip-games-for-adultsWhen we say road trip, we really do mean road trip! After all, it’s the experience of being on the road that makes the trip. Allow us to introduce what could be one of your best trips this summer, while also considering your wallet.

Big Sur, CA

*A breathtaking go-to for beautiful environmental camping, hiking, backpacking and beachcombing, considered “The Greatest Meeting of Land and Sea”.
From SF: 145 miles, 3 hour 15 min drive
From LA: 348 miles, about 6 hour drive
From SD: 483 miles, 8 hour 45 min drive
Cheap eats: 
Big Sur Deli
47520 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920 Tel:(831) 667-2225

Cafe Kevah/ Nepenthe
48510 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920 Tel: (831) 667-2344
Cheap stay:
You can either either rent a cabin or camp. Prices vary depending on season.
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Calistoga, CA

*A warm get-away with hot springs, down town shops, beautiful vineyards, wineries and state parks.
From SF: 74.6 miles, 2 hour 15 min drive
From LA: 434 miles, 6 hour 40 min drive
From SD: 600 miles, about 10 hour drive
Cheap Eats:

Buster’s Original Southern Barbeque
1207 Foothill Blvd
Calistoga, CA 94515 Tel: (707) 942-5605

Palisades Deli Cafe
1458 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515 Tel: (707)942-0145

Cheap Stays:

Calistoga Inn 


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San Luis Obispo, CA

*A seldom seen side of California making a dynamic playground whether you’re looking to surf, bike, hike or (if you own one), a calm place to ride your horse!
From SF: 236 miles, 4 hour 16 min drive
From LA: 202 miles, a
From SD: 332 miles, 6 hour 35 min drive
Cheap Eats:

Firestone Grill
1001 Higuera St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Tel: (805) 783-1001

Taco De Mexico
374 Santa Rosa St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 Tel: (805) 545-7736

Cheap Stays:

Apple Farm. A wine country inn. Other inns: Motel 6 or San Luis Inn and Suites.


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 Santa Cruz

*Mostly popular for it’s sun-soaked beaches and it’s redwoods, Santa Cruz is also filled with many year-around FREE events.
From SF: 77.4 miles, 1 hour 42 min drive
From LA: 348 miles, 5 hour 34 min drive
From SD: 332 miles, 8 hour 34 min drive
Cheap Eats:

Las Palmas Taco Bar
55 Front St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Tel:(831) 429-1220

Charlie Hong Kong
1141 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Tel:(831) 426-5664

Cheap Stays:

Pacific Inn Santa Cruz or Continental Inn


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Guerneville, CA

*A small town situated between the Russian River and surrounding hills; the Russian river is a must to visit, as well as the Sonoma coast and redwoods.
From SF: 74.6 miles, 2 hour 43 min drive
From LA: 454 miles, 7 hour drive
From SD: 568 miles, 10 hour 25 min drive
Cheap Eats:
Pat’s Restaurant
16236 Main St
Guerneville, CA 95446 Tel:(707) 869-9904
Lucy’s Lounge and Grill
20391 Hwy 116
Monte Rio, CA 95462 Tel:(707) 520-5017
Cheap Stays:
Fern Grove Cottages  or  Cottages on River Road.
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The distances all fairly depend on the traffic and time of the day as you may already know, each of these places work for just about anyone! If you surf, love to camp, enjoy rivers, drink wine, or discover your way through hiking…these are places you’ll definitely never forget. Enjoy your trip!



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