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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 Francisco

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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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$85.00
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US$85.00
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Big Sur Self-Driving Audio Tour in California (Highway 1, Pacific Coast Highway)

Big Sur Self-Driving Audio Tour in California (Highway 1, Pacific Coast Highway)

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Experience the iconic Big Sur road trip with a self-guided driving audio tour! As you drive, learn about the fairytale cottages of Carmel, the purple sand at Pfeiffer Beach, and the enormous elephant seals at San Simeon. Drive over Bixby Bridge, marvel at McWay Falls, and enjoy the rugged coastline along the Pacific Coast Highway / Route 1. Big Sur is the most scenic segment of the Pacific Coast Highway (a must-do roadtrip), which you can start in either Monterey or San Luis Obispo. Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app, enter password, & download the tour. When you arrive, head over to the first stop. Stick to the route and speed limit for the best experience. Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking! Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone can listen together! This is not an entrance ticket to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$8.00
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US$8.00
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Monterey & Carmel Explorer

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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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$105.00
Price varies by group size
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US$105.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Coastal Tour of Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Malibu

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$243.56
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US$243.56
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Private Tour to Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive by SUV

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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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$895.00
per group
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US$895.00
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Best Beaches in Orange County Full Day Tour

Best Beaches in Orange County Full Day 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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$55.13
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US$55.13

Highway 1 Self-Driving Audio Tour (Pacific Coast Highway)

Highway 1 Self-Driving Audio Tour (Pacific Coast Highway)

Welcome to the GPS-enabled driving tour of California’s famous Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway! This self-guided audio tour stretches between San Francisco and Los Angeles, one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world! It also includes a popular scenic detour along Monterey’s 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach. This self-guided audio tour allows you to explore Highway 1 with maximum flexibility and value. Here's how it works: Within 30 mins, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour. When you arrive, go to the first stop, launch the app, and follow the instructions! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience. Recommended: purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen at the same time! Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking! This tour doesn’t include entrance to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules before your visit.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$15.00
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US$15.00
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Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour

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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$55.00
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US$55.00
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The Private Malibu Wine Tour

The Private Malibu Wine Tour

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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$419.00
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US$419.00
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California Coast Tour 2 Days from San Jose to Los Angeles via Monterey

California Coast Tour 2 Days from San Jose 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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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$460.00
Price varies by group size
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US$460.00
Price varies by group size
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California Coast Tour - Los Angeles to Big Sur, Monterey to San Jose / Bay Area

California Coast Tour - Los Angeles to Big Sur, Monterey to San Jose / Bay Area

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 Jose / San Francisco in two days. Comfortable seating also can enjoy dinning on the train. Instead of flying with all the conditions this is a leisurely way to see parts of California rarely seen by visitors and even local people living in large cities.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$498.00
Price varies by group size
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US$498.00
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 7-Hour Tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Malibu

7-Hour Tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Malibu

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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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$710.77
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US$710.77
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LifeRush Car Tours- Malibu Canyon Tour

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$380.33
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US$380.33
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Day Motorcycle Tour | Ride The Golden Gate & Beyond

Day Motorcycle Tour | Ride The Golden Gate & Beyond

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This day ride is a local favorite! We recommend it to all first time visitors. Together we cross over our beloved Golden Gate bridge, visit WWII bunkers, and hit the less traveled back roads for an epic day adventure. We take care of everything for you! HIGHLIGHTS * Ride with the owners, Jen & Saf (leading tours since 2013) * See the Golden Gate bridge like never before * Ride the famous coastal Highway 1 and enjoy stunning views * Fun twisty mountain roads under giant Redwood trees * Stop at an authentic California Western Saloon in a picturesque town * Ride with, and meet local Californian riders at biker stops RIDE INFO (please read!) * Moto license required / at least 2 yrs riding experience * Duration : 6-7 hours * Mileage: 80-120 miles * Terrain: 100% asphalt * Start & Finish: San Francisco * Motorcycle Rental & Gear: You have the choice or bringing your own motorbike or renting with us (price varies). Please let us know in the reservation notes or go to our website.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$280.00
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US$280.00
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California Coast Big Sur Monterey to Los Angeles - 2 Day

California Coast Big Sur Monterey to Los Angeles - 2 Day

Transportation by driver guide using full size sedan car or SUV on day 1 and by train on day 2. This is unique way of visiting one of the most scenic areas in the U.S. The driver guide will stop at places you wish to enjoy in Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Bixby Bridge, River Inn, Pfeiffer state park of Coastal Redwoods, Nepenthe and many other places, spending a night in Monterey and then to Los Angeles by train in two days. Comfortable seating also can enjoy dinning on the train.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$498.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$498.00
Price varies by group size