Jump aboard an overland adventure along America's West Coast

Discover the magic of California’s coastline on a self-drive adventure from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Be your own tour leader as you hunt for scenic lookouts and head off the highways in search of hidden treasures. Cruise through coastal towns, pack a picnic lunch and head into the hinterlands or cool off in the Pacific Ocean – it’s up to you! We’ll provide you with the wheels and the maps, leaving you with the flexibility to stop anywhere, anytime and enjoy the magic of California at your own pace.

Los Angeles, United States
San Francisco, United States
United States
Self Drive Adventures, Short Breaks - Independent Adventures
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 1
Group size
Min 1, Max 3
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


  • Discover the gardens and museums’ of Golden Gate Park


Pick up your car and meet with an Intrepid representative before hitting the boulevards and boardwalks of sunny Los Angeles. Navigate crowded freeways and explore idyllic Californian neighborhoods as you cruise this sprawling metropolis – a heady mix of diverse cultures, cutting-edge art and post-war Hollywood kitsch. Arrive early to cruise the lavish streets of Beverly Hills, take a stroll along Venice beach or make a stop at one of LA’s many museums and libraries.
Hit the sun-drenched highways of the Californian coast and take a leisurely drive to Santa Barbara. On the way, pop-in for a peek at the ultra-exclusive Malibu or relish the carnival atmosphere of Santa Monica’s iconic pier. Arrive in Santa Barbara and feel the European influences of ‘the prettiest town in America’. Check out the Mediterranean red-tiled roofs, head to the beachfront arts and crafts market or try a hand made tortilla at one of Santa Barbara’s fine Mexican restaurants.
Take the chance to meet San Luis Obispo’s slippery seals before heading for the lush countryside of Monterey. Amble along Route 1 for a further glimpse of California’s coast or head inland on highway 101 and make a stop at the Pinnacles National Monument for great views over the surrounding hills. Another option while in the Monterey area is the beachside bliss of Santa Cruz – a great place to spend a few hours lazing in the warm California sun.
Make the final leg of the journey to the beautiful Bay Area, a mix of silicone chips and sophisticated cities that is full of must-see attractions. Spend time strolling the hilly streets of San Francisco, catch a cable car to Market Street or hit Fisherman’s Wharf for some fresh seafood. If there’s time, why not hire a bike and cycle under the elegant struts of the Golden Gate Bridge to reach seaside Sausalito – a fitting way to end this unforgettable road trip.
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Important notes

Please note the following surcharges:
- Drivers under the age of 25 years old are subject to a 25USD per day supplement.
- Any additional nominated drivers are subject to a 10USD per day supplement.
These fees are to be paid locally direct to the car hire agency

Trip notes

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