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Pacific Coast California Express

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Tour style - Active & Adrenaline, Trekking/Hiking, Wildlife & Nature, Culture & History

8 days

We haven’t seen the original blueprints, but the Pacific Coast of California seems to have been custom built for road trips. Climb in and prepare for eight days spent cruising around Los Angeles and up the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, stopping in Santa Barbara, checking out San Simeon and Monterey, exploring San Francisco on foot, playing in the surf and generally having the time of your life, Cali-style. The best part? On this road trip, we do all the driving.
  • Day 1 Los Angeles

    Arrive in time for an evening Welcome Meeting and optional group dinner.

  • Days 2-3 Santa Barbara (1B)

    Drive out of LA with stops along the way to Santa Barbara. Stop at a food truck, a local specialty, for lunch. Arrive in Santa Barbara and check out the wares at the weekly Arts & Crafts Market by the ocean. On Day 3, explore the city and surrounds with optional surf lessons, bike rentals, kayak rentals, a vineyard tour, local microbrew tour or whale watching. Santa Barbara is often referred to as 'the American Riviera' and is known for the spanish architectural influences. Opt to explore Stearns Wharf or one of the many museums. Approximate Distance: 95mi/155 km Estimated Travel TIme: 2 hrs

  • Day 4 San Simeon (1B,1L)

    Drive up the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and enjoy the view. Stop along the way in Solvang and San Luis Obispo. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Pismo Beach. Opt to rent a dune buggy. Approximate Distance: 135mi/220 km Estimated Travel TIme: 2.5 hrs

  • Days 5-6 Monterey

    Another gorgeous drive along the PCH. Visit the elephant seals and stop for photos. Great food options abound with dinner choices including the restaurants on Steinbeck's famous Cannery Row. On Day 6 enjoy an included surrey bike tour and free time with options like kayaking or a visit to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey is best known for the picturesque coastline, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the many John Steinbeck novels that take place here. During your free time opt to tour a local vineyard, or visit the sea lions and otters swimming near Fisherman's Wharf. Approximate Distance: 95mi/155 km Estimated Travel TIme: 2 hrs

  • Day 7 San Francisco

    Finish the scenic drive in San Francisco. Enjoy an orientation walk including Union Square, Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. Opt for an evening sunset sailing trip. Approximate Distance: 120mi/195 km Estimated Travel TIme: 2 hrs

  • Day 8 San Francisco

    Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking pre- and post-accommodation to fully experience these famous cities.

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