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Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) Tours

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Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1)
The Pacific Coast Highway—also known as PCH or, more commonly, Highway 1—runs north-south along most of the United States’ West Coast. The incredibly scenic California stretch is known for its oceanfront locales, rugged cliffs, hidden coves, and numerous beaches, making it one of the nation’s most popular road-trip routes. From San Francisco to San Diego and the many charming stops in between, it’s truly one of the most naturally beautiful places on the planet to take a drive.

The Basics
Using major cities such as San Francisco or Los Angeles as a base, a trip up or down the PCH makes for excellent day trips. From beachside towns to national parks, there is plenty to do and see. If you’re going to drive the whole route, keep in mind that the Pacific Coast Highway is best suited for unhurried, leisurely driving. Leave enough time to make plenty of stops and to enjoy the scenic views along the way.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Though many stops along the PCH are best visited spontaneously, there are a few notable places or tours—including Hearst Castle—that do best with advance reservations. 
  • Nature lovers and beachgoers will enjoy Highway 1. Be prepared for amazing coastal vistas alongside empty beaches, dense forests, and foggy mountains.
  • Views are often regarded as best driving from north to south.

How to Get There
The Pacific Coast Highway runs from the California-Oregon border to Orange County, though most travelers begin in San Francisco and end in Los Angeles or San Diego. Speed limits and road types vary along the highway. In some locations it can be a twisting, slow-moving two-lane road, while in other spots, the PCH is and moves like a freeway. 

When to Get There
The weather in California is famously sunny year-round, though it can get chilly once the sun has gone down, especially up north. If you’re planning your trip around any particular stops, be sure to plan your time and visit accordingly.

Highway 1 Beach Towns
Besides the stellar ocean views, one of the great joys of driving the PCH is the number of beachside towns worth stopping in. From San Francisco, the towns of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey—home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pebble Beach, and Cannery Row—are must-stops. Be sure to include a drive over the Bixby Bridge, a scenic spot just outside Big Sur. Santa Cruz (and its beach boardwalk amusement park), San Luis Obispo, Cambria, Pismo Beach, and Santa Barbara are more Central Coast highlights. 

Hearst Castle, another favorite stop, stands in San Simeon, on the coast between Monterey and San Luis Obispo. Tours are required to visit the castle and can be purchased up to 56 days in advance—it is strongly recommended to do so. The state beaches in Oxnard and Ventura offer some of the best surfing in the US. And, of course, Malibu and Santa Monica are the jewels in the crown of classic California beach culture.
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San FranciscoDay Trips

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

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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, passing the 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.
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California Coast Tour - 2 Days from San Francisco to Los Angeles via MontereyOvernight Tours

California Coast Tour - 2 Days from San Francisco to Los Angeles via Monterey

Spend two days and an overnight along the coast of California—making the most of your trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles—on this comprehensive tour. Avoid being stuck in traffic for hours and enjoy the luxury of train travel, lounge car and dining car included. Your overnight in Monterey is included, as well as guided sightseeing in all the must-see stops along the way.
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Monterey & Carmel ExplorerDay Trips

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Monterey & Carmel Explorer

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Explore Monterey, Carmel, and the Pacific Coast Highway without the hassle of renting a car during this full-day tour from San Francisco. Wind down the coast through Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, 17-Mile Drive, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Pickup and drop-off at downtown San Francisco hotels included. This small-group tour is limited to 15 passengers.
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Private Coastal Tour of Santa Monica, Venice Beach and MalibuHalf-day Tours

Private Coastal Tour of Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Malibu

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If you’re staying in inner-city LA and on a tight schedule, it can be difficult to find the time to get out to the city’s vibrant coastal neighborhoods. Instead of hiring a car or planning a complicated chain of buses and trains, this flexible sightseeing tour fits into any schedule. Get picked up at a time that works for you and drive around Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Malibu in a luxury SUV, your guide on hand to point out the quirky and beautiful highlights of each neighborhood.
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Best Beaches in Orange County TourDay Trips

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Best Beaches in Orange County Tour

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Explore Southern California without the stress of planning on a full–day tour to Orange County’s highlights, from the Laguna Beach cliffs to a Balboa Island ferry ride. Enjoy sweeping ocean views en route while your guide provides commentary and points out landmarks often missed by visitors. With round–trip transport from Anaheim hotels, this tour is a popular choice for visitors who want to avoid car rentals and impersonal bus tours.
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Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour & 48 Hour Hop on Hop off Los AngelesBus Tours

Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour & 48 Hour Hop on Hop off Los Angeles

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Double your fun in Los Angeles thanks to this flexible-length trip combining a Malibu stars’ homes tour and a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus excursion. Explore more than 40 homes owned by Hollywood’s most famous celebrities of the past and present. Then enjoy 48 hours of access to a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus featuring more than 70 top LA attractions.
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California Coast Tour - 2 Days from Los Angeles to San Francisco via MontereyOvernight Tours

California Coast Tour - 2 Days from Los Angeles to San Francisco via Monterey

This independent California pacific excursion is made possible by taking Amtrak Coast Starlight train from Anaheim or Los Angeles to Monterey, local three hour tour of Monterey Peninsula, spending a night there and then to San Francisco in two days. Comfortable seating also can enjoy dinning on the train.
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Malibu Celebrity Homes TourBus Tours

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Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour

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Get an up-close look at some of the most exclusive celebrity residences in Malibu on this movie stars’ homes tour. Trace the stunning 27-mile coastline of this exclusive L.A. enclave as you visit more than 40 current and former homes of stars like Leonardo Dicaprio, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and more. Also, stop at the Malibu Pier and the Getty Villa.
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Private Tour to Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive by SUVFull-day Tours

Private Tour to Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive by SUV

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Travel from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel during a full-day tour with your own private guide and comfortable SUV. You'll drive along the Pacific Coast and see some of northern California's most scenic spots, including the towns of Santa Cruz, Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel-By-The-Sea. Have free time to check out popular destinations like Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive, and Carmel, and visit beaches, a marine sanctuary or lighthouse, the historic Pebble Beach Golf Course, and shopping and restaurant districts.
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LifeRush Car Tours- Malibu Canyon TourAdrenaline & Extreme

LifeRush Car Tours- Malibu Canyon Tour

Get behind the wheel of your favorite sports car and experience an unforgettable day with LifeRush Car Tours. Look like a star while you drive in style through the most iconic parts of LA. You and your guests can be the driver in this ultimate Exotic Car experience. Your guide will lead you to the best parts of the City of Angels. Time is allotted for you and your guests to alternate this driving experience while also taking photos at the most scenic locations with your dream car of choice. We offer 4 separate tiers of cars that are available to book for your tour. Tier 1 includes the Porsche 718 Boxter Convertible, Audi TT Convertible, Maserati Ghibli Tier 2 includes the Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible and Corvette Grand Sport Tier 3 includes the Mercedes AMG GTS, BMW i8, Porsche 911 Cabriolet Convertible, Mercedes G550 SUV, Jaguar F-Type R, and Corvette z06 Tier 4 includes the Ferrari California, Audi R8, Mercedes AMG GTR, Lamborghini Huracan, McLaren 570 Spider, Bentley Continental
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Private Tour: Malibu Wine Tasting from Los AngelesDay Trips

Private Tour: Malibu Wine Tasting from Los Angeles

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Travel with a professional guide on a 5-hour Malibu wine tour and tasting. This private excursion whisks you along the magnificent coastline to three tasting rooms, such as SIP Malibu Grapes. Sample fine wines paired with a picnic of cheeses, fruit and bread amid pretty vineyards while you listen to insightful commentary about this up-and-coming wine region. Leave the driving to your guide, with pickup and drop-off from Los Angeles hotels included upon request.
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Luxury SUV Beach Cities TourHalf-day Tours

Luxury SUV Beach Cities Tour

This Beach Cities Tour is a brilliant sightseeing adventure in a Luxury SUV. Visitors will see some of Southern California's most scenic beaches in Orange County, CA. Depending on the time of the booking, you will capture an amazing sunset.
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Taste of Northern California Local Food & Breweries TourBeer & Brewery Tours

Taste of Northern California Local Food & Breweries Tour

Northern California; known for a progressive farm to table food scene in the nation. And the scenery; soaring snow-capped peaks to dramatic cliffs offering stunning views of the Pacific to the tallest trees in the world. A nice blend of outdoor hiking adventure and appreciation of the amazing foods, breweries and wineries the region is famous for. Immerse yourself in all California has to offer on this active adventure trip. Highlights include: • San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge • Learn cheese making techniques and sample cheeses right on the farm • Brewery visits to some of the most famous breweries in America • Driving along the California Highway 1 • Walk amongst soaring Redwoods • Hike and take in the smells and the sounds of an active volcano • Try your luck in Reno; "The Biggest Little City in the World!" • Be mesmerized by the beauty of Yosemite • Wine tasting in Napa Valley
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 7 hr tour of Hollywood,Beverly Hills,Santa Monica and Malibu 2-6 people total.Day Trips

7 hr tour of Hollywood,Beverly Hills,Santa Monica and Malibu 2-6 people total.

You're private tour guide is Michael Raines who has worked for a number of limo companies as a driver and bodyguard to some of the biggest celebrities in the world. A TV personality on his own rite, Michael Raines has starred in two survival shows on Discovery and other Film and TV roles in the past 20 years. Just to hear his celebrity stories is worth the price of the ride!! You will ride in style in 6 passenger Lincoln town car with a duel bar setup for wine, beer and liquor with mixers, chocolates and nuts all complementary. A bluetooth stereo so you can use your playlist on your phone, with IPhone and android chargers with cables on the rear deck. Your tour is completely customizable, Hollywood, Venice Beach, Santa Monica you tell us what you want to see and we will take you there in style.
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Private 4hr tour of Santa Monica,Venice Beverly Hills for 2-6 people one price!Half-day Tours

Private 4hr tour of Santa Monica,Venice Beverly Hills for 2-6 people one price!

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Treat yourself to the total VIP experience on this private half-day ride in a luxury limousine. Join TV personality and celebrity bodyguard Michael Raines as you discover the highlights of Los Angeles, from Beverly Hills and downtown Hollywood to Venice Beach and Santa Monica. Tours are customizable and include two well-stocked open bars.
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Carmel, Monterey, Capitola and Santa Cruz - Full DayDay Trips

Carmel, Monterey, Capitola and Santa Cruz - Full Day

Including 17-Mile Drive and Scenic Pacific Coast Hwy1  Monterey Bay area is a spectacular part of the state that offers beautiful scenery and breathtaking beaches. 1) Santa Cruz & Capitola - you will visit attractions including Surf Museum Lighthouse Point, Pleasure Point and Boardwalk. Santa Cruz is also known for companies that manufacture surfboards, skateboards and clothing. Then, you stroll through Capitola's charming and tiny beachside village. 2) Monterey & Carmel - Along Monterey coastline, I will take you to Moss Landing (sea lions) and Cannery Row. You will also enjoy a cruise along the world famous 17-Mile Drive, a scenic road that runs through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, following the coastline and passing through several famous golf courses, nearby mansions and past California's famed Lone Cypress Tree. You will take a stroll through downtown Carmel, visiting boutique shops, restaurants and its architecture.
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Mountain to Beach Hiking: Private Adventure TourHiking & Camping

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Mountain to Beach Hiking: Private Adventure Tour

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The Coastal Mountains and Palisades are LA’s crown jewel. To visit LA without experiencing the glory of the Pacific from a mountaintop is an absolute sin. Let us take you on a uniquely LA journey -- trek a stunning coastal mountain one minute and the next minute, sip a margarita with your toes in the sand. Go Legendary tours are private tours. And when we say private, we mean private — just the people in your group and your guide. This also means that all of our tours are customizable. We can tailor any of our tours to fit your specific interests and desired activity! We offer 4, 6 and 8 hour versions of the Mountain to Beach Hiking Adventure. Below are highlights you’ll experience on your adventure. Amazing and meaningful experiences are tough to achieve in Los Angeles. Don't fall into the trap of cookie cutter tours. Yes, we’re your guide but we’re also your host! Think of us as your friends sharing what it is to live like a local in Los Angeles. Itinerary lists possible stops.
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Exotic Car Tours- Canyon TourAdrenaline & Extreme

Exotic Car Tours- Canyon Tour

Get behind the wheel of your favorite sports car and experience an unforgettable day with LifeRush Car Tours. Look like a star while you drive in style through the most iconic parts of LA. You and your guests can be the driver in this ultimate Exotic Car experience. Your guide will lead you to the best parts of the City of Angels. Time is allotted for you and your guests to alternate this driving experience while also taking photos at the most scenic locations with your dream car of choice. We offer 4 separate tiers of cars that are available to book for your tour. Tier 1 includes the Porsche 718 Boxter Convertible, Audi TT Convertible, Maserati Ghibli Tier 2 includes the Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible and Corvette Grand Sport Tier 3 includes the Mercedes AMG GTS, BMW i8, Porsche 911 Cabriolet Convertible, Mercedes G550 SUV, Jaguar F-Type R, and Corvette z06 Tier 4 includes the Ferrari California, Audi R8, Mercedes AMG GTR, Lamborghini Huracan, McLaren 570 Spider, Bentley Continental
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The Malibu Writer's JourneyCraft Classes

The Malibu Writer's Journey

Get ready to explore your own personal mythology through life writing at one of the best-kept secrets in Malibu, a magical hidden beach, which provides the beautiful backdrop for a late afternoon filled with soul connection, self discovery and laughs. Reward yourself with some much-needed time to reflect, renew and re-imagine what's possible, and do it enjoying all the good vibes of tan ocean walk just before sunset—and in the company of your self-discovery tour guides: The Garage Girls, two professional story coaches, who are experts at helping their clients discover the incredible power of their life stories as well as the idea that YOU ARE THE AUTHOR OF THEM. Even if you don't consider yourself a writer, but would like to reconnect with your creative side (and some cool like-minded people), experience a few inspiring hours at the beach! Transportation and organic wine and/or bottled water are included. One departure time on either Thursdays or Saturdays is offered.
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Private Tour: Malibu Wine Tasting for Two by Limousine from Los AngelesDay Trips

Private Tour: Malibu Wine Tasting for Two by Limousine from Los Angeles

Create a memorable wine-tasting experience for two in Malibu on this private tour by stretch limousine. Your personal guide escorts you to three boutique wineries, such as Malibu Family Winery, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains or scenically situated along the Pacific Coast Highway. Complement a charcuterie, bread and cheese picnic lunch with Champagne and exquisite chocolates. Hotel pickup and drop-off from Los Angeles are included on this 6-hour excursion.
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Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Day Tour from Los AngelesDay Trips

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Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Day Tour from Los Angeles

Get a true taste of the world famous California wines. During our tour you will discover of the true beauty of the Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez wine country. Stop at the Vincent winery to enjoy to sipping wine in vineyard natural surroundings. On the way enjoy your visit to Solvang - Danish Capital of USA, beautiful scenery of the Pacific Ocean, Lake Cachuma and Los Padres National forest.
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Chill Beach + Epic Coast: Private Adventure TourNature & Wildlife

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Chill Beach + Epic Coast: Private Adventure Tour

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The California Coast is amazing! And there is so much to see. Where to start and what to do can be a daunting decision. Sit back and just relax as we cruise along the Pacific Coast Highway from spectacular beach to spectacular beach. An experience that is bound to be imprinted in your memory as a classically epic California day! Go Legendary tours are private. And when we say private, we mean private — just the people in your group and your guide. This also means that all of our tours are customizable. We can tailor any of our tours to fit your specific interests and desired activity! We offer 4, 6 and 8 hour versions of the Chill Beach & Epic Coast Adventure. Below are highlights you’ll experience on your adventure. Amazing and meaningful experiences are tough to achieve in Los Angeles. Yes, we’re your guide but we’re also your host! Think of us as your friends sharing what it is to live like a local in Los Angeles. Itinerary below lists possible stops.
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Santa Barbara Surfing Day Lesson with Beach LunchOther Water Sports

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Santa Barbara Surfing Day Lesson with Beach Lunch

Benefit from personalized instruction as you learn the basics of surfing during a half-day lesson in Santa Barbara. Your instructor teaches you how to read the water, paddle, pop up, and ride, along with the etiquette of sharing the waves. Recharge your energy with a beach picnic that is served up mid-day.
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