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 4.64 out of 5 based on 14 reviews in the last year.
We had a most relaxing and safe trip seeing parts of the west coast of California, even though the Big Sur was closed in parts,the trip through the Salinas Valley was great.
Review submitted 24 Jul 2017
Intrepid Travel caters to groups of people and individuals who want to experience a bit of a divergence from a regular touristy type of tour. I enjoyed the ability to learn about local history and culture as well as about the people I was on the tour with. I also feel that the guides are a bit part of what makes a great trip and this one was no exception!
Review submitted 22 Jul 2017