Pacific Coast Highway Tours

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Pacific Coast Highway
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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LifeRush 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
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour of Monterey with Carmel and 17-Mile Drive by SUV

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour Monterey Peninsula - Carmel by the sea

See the highlights of the scenic Pacific Coast Highway in a day on this convenient, private tour. Cruise down the highway making stops at viewpoints and landmarks including Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Piedras Blancas Beach, Pebble Beach, and more. Round-trip transportation from your hotel or cruise port is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private limo limousine tours of Santa Monica,Venice,Beverly Hills Los Angeles

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Tour: Malibu Wine Tasting from Los Angeles

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Malibu Stars' Homes Tour

Get an up-close look at some of the most exclusive celebrity residences in Malibu on this 2-hour 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. You’ll also stop at the Malibu Pier and the Getty Villa.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium

Explore Monterey, Carmel, and the Pacific Coast Highway without the hassle of renting a car during this 14-hour tour from San Francisco. Wind down the coast through Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, the 17 Mile Drive, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Pickup and drop-off at downtown San Francisco hotels included. Small group of 13 passengers or fewer.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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$94.00 USD
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Malibu Stars' Homes Tour and 48-hour Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus

Double your fun in Los Angeles thanks to this flexible-length trip combining a Malibu stars’ homes tour and a hop-hop, 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.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Duration: Flexible
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$99.00 USD
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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
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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$1,999.00 USD
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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.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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