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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco

Drive down one of the most scenic roads in California on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Cruise along the coast-hugging Highway 1 past sea cliffs and windswept cypress trees, and ogle the coastal mansions of Pebble Beach on the iconic 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy free time to explore Monterey, where you can stroll down Steinbeck’s Cannery Row or visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Browse the ritzy boutiques of Carmel-by-the-Sea and get a glimpse of Silicon Valley’s tech campuses on the return drive to San Francisco.


  • Full-day trip from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel
  • Coastal 17-Mile Drive
  • Plenty of scenic photo stops
  • 2-hours to explore Monterey and Cannery Row
  • Option to include a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Stop at Carmel by the Sea
  • Expert guide and commentary
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central San Francisco hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get plenty of time to take in the jaw-dropping California coastline and the chance to check out Monterey's world-class aquarium or the shops on Cannery Row. Trust me, you'll love Monterey and Carmel so much you'll want to go again!

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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco

Private Monterey and Carmel Day Trip from San Francisco

Take a detour from the urban bustle to experience the wild beauty of Northern California’s coastline. After morning pickup at your San Francisco hotel, cruise down scenic Highway 1 and let your guide handle the driving while you soak up magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and waves crashing against the sea cliffs. 

After curving around the majestic Monterey Peninsula, stop in the charming coastal city of Monterey. Enjoy 2 hours of free time here to grab a fresh seafood lunch on the pier (own expense), browse the shops of Cannery Row or upgrade to come face-to-face with jellyfish and sea otters at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

Continue along the coast with a drive down 17-Mile Drive, home to the prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Course and the iconic Lone Cypress tree. Listen for the barking clamor of Seal Rock with a stop along this low-lying coastal road framed by luxury mansions and incredible ocean vistas. Further along, visit the chic coastal community of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can browse high-end galleries and see remnants of a historic Spanish mission. 

On the return drive to San Francisco, take an alternate route through the innovative tech haven of Silicon Valley. Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

James P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Outstanding tour. The weather was cool, windy and rainy, but the views were spectacular. Our driver did an excellent job and gave us ample opportunity to see the sites and take pictures.

Bhavik V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Anthony our driver Guide, was a jolly fellow made the ride a real fun through out the way....

Rebecca C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Driver was great! Most informative. Could use some more time at the aquarium though! We were a half hour late getting off, driver said it was because the traffic was lighter. Could have used it for the aquarium. The stops on 17-mile drive were great!

Maria Corazon O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great day trip away from the city .... Interesting. Felt bad and mad about what the rascals did to the iconic tree at the the 17 mile drive. Wish we had time to catch the Mission open, that would have been another great stop. Overall many things learned. Your driver/guide was excellent.

Donna D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The tour was absolutely amazing and Adolfo our driver and guide was great!! He was very knowledgeable about the areas we traveled through and about Monterrey and Carmel. He also had some great recommendations around town as well, especially for dinner :-). I highly recommend this tour if you are interested in seeing some great sights and doing a little bit of shopping. And if Adolfo is available for the tour, I recommend you take it with him, best guide I had in San Francisco so far.

Linda P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Tour was punctual in picking us up at our hotel. The scenery was spectacular, and the driver offered several extra photo ops along the way. The trip was everything as advertised and more.

LYNNE P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Enjoyed the day so much, thanks to our Driver, Randy, very informative, lots of little stops along the way. all in all a great day, will recommend to anyone we know going to San Fran

Michele W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Awesome! The driver was very friendly, informative and professional. The only thing we didn't know, was the time we would return, unless I missed it? This is a great way to see the coast. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! Highly recommend.

Jennifer G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Stops were amazing for pictures, the ride was great and the tour guide was very entertaining. So glad we did this!

Dmitri L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour! Our family liked it very much! We would like to thank our guide Daniel for making this trip so good!

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