Travel the rugged California coast from LA to San Francisco
Kick off your California coastal adventure from the sprawling megalopolis of Los Angeles. Stop in Santa Barbara - also known as the American Riviera - and take in the incredible Spanish influences. Spend the night in beautiful Pismo Beach and travel the spectacular Cabrillo Highway to Monterey. Finish in San Francisco. This is a great way to witness the stunning Cali coastline in all its glory.
With its widespread beaches and relaxed atmosphere, Santa Barbara is a great place to escape the bright lights and buzz of major cities
Due to the nature of this trip, it allows you to see a lot of the Californian coast in such a short period of time
Mexican influence runs throughout Monterey, with the city offering a glimpse into the history of California before it became a part of the USA
San Francisco has a completely unique landscape that’s extremely rewarding to explore by foot. With cable cars navigating its steep hills and the Golden Gate Bridge forever in its backdrop, it’s worth getting to know
As this is a short trip with a packed itinerary, there's not a lot of free time to explore on your own or relax. We recommend planning to spend an extra day or two in Los Angeles and San Francisco either side of the trip to make the most of these cities. We'll be happy to help you book additional accommodation (subject to availability).
You'll be travelling in a van with other travellers, so conditions may feel a little cramped. This is all part of the adventure and a great opportunity to make new friends.
Traffic in and out of Los Angeles and San Francisco can be very busy, especially during the holiday period. There may be delays, so be prepared to take part in car games to keep you entertained.
The drive along the California coast offers spectacular views and is a main focus of the adventure. Given the trip is so short, expect to spend a lot of time in the van, rather than spending most of your time in each destination.
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip
2. This trip starts at 7:30am on day 1 and finishes at approximately 5pm on day 3.
Our California Coast Express trips score an average of 4.58 out of 5 based on 12 reviews in the last year.
This trip was exactly as it was described on the notes, very quick glance of the costal area, very good to combine with any other trip . This trip suits for people who just want to get quick look at the many places and decide if they want to comeback for exploration. For this was the extra 3 days as an end of another long trip so I could fill my short holiday with more adventure
Review submitted 16 May 2017
A nice chilled out semi-coastal extension to the Las Vegas to LA tour. Great accommodation and appropriate pace with ample free time. Tour leader was knowledgeable and his enthusiasm infectious despite a detour taken away from the Big Sur due to landslides and road closures. Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach and Monterey are a must for those seeking a coastal chill out.
Review submitted 03 May 2017