From SF to LA or the other way around, join Incredible Adventures as we launch our new tour connecting two of California’s greatest cities with a jam packed itinerary along the way! Known as one of the most scenic drives in the world, California’s Pacific Coast Highway 1 is not to be missed. Three days up or down the coast* with us will hit up all the highlights! Read on for more about the adventure that lies ahead as we cruise along the famous Pacific Coast Highway (PCH):
Just a few hours south of San Francisco lies Monterey: a not-so-quiet (but still pretty quaint) beach town. Locked in history by famous painters, musicians and writers such as John Steinbeck, Monterey is known for it’s pier activities, fresh seafood and its placement along the rugged coast. Explore Monterey by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or sailboat. You’ll have the option to join our guide on the 17-mile drive which passes by famous golf courses, mansions and scenic attractions.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
One of the most popular attractions in Monterey is the world-renowned aquarium that welcomes more than 200 million visitors each year. If you’d like to get a closer look at what’s beneath the water (like the world’s largest octopus), head over to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. With over 600 species of marine plants and animals on display, there is plenty to do and sea!
State Park Hikes
Day two will start with stunning views of Pebble Beach on a hike at Point Lobos State Reserve, the crown jewel of the California State Park system. This site is top notch for sightseeing, photography, nature studying, picnicking or a morning jog! You’ll discover rare plants, endangered archaeological sites, unique geological formations and rich flora and fauna of both land and sea.
Then, the group will continue down the coastal highway along the jagged cliffs of Big Sur crossing the to Bixby Bridge – one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world – that will transition your group to the southern half of the state. Passengers will check out McWay Falls as it tumbles 80 feet below into the Pacific Ocean – one of two waterfalls in California that pour into this body of water. Just a short hike through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay falls is a can’t miss opportunity along the PCH!
Hearst Castle and San Simeon
Just across the street from Hearst Castle is Elephant Seal beach. Hop out of the vehicle and stretch your legs in search of elephant seals in the coastal areas near the historic Hearst Castle. Covering the beach, one flopped on top of the other, animal lovers will love taking in the sights – and smells – of these noisy creatures for a quick photo-op!
Included in your tour is a guided Grand Rooms tour of Hearst Castle, which will take you inside the mansion and back in time! As a National and California historical landmark, the tour of the property will take you back to the days of the Great Gatsby – recreating the feeling of being one of W.R. Hearst’s personal guests. The grandeur of the social rooms on the ground floor of Casa Grande will exhibit their stunning collection of rare and ancient artwork including sculptures, tapestries and the room’s walnut paneling. The on-site guides will provide insight to Hearst’s life and legacy which shaped much of the political and journalistic history as we know it today!
San Luis Obispo
You’ve reached the halfway point! You’ll take it SLO in what Oprah labeled one of the “Happiest Cities in America” (so you know it’s true). Here you’ll find local landmarks such as the Madonna Inn, the Fremont Theater, the Palm Theatre and Bubblegum Alley where people have been sticking their ABC pieces since the 1960s – yum!
If Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Liberachi put their interior design skills together, we like to think it would look like the Madonna Inn’s all-pink-everything interior. Guests can try an enormous slice of cake from their cafe, taste some of their estate’s wine and of course gawk at the unique layout.
On day three, it will be time for the final leg of your road trip! Santa Barbara’s perfect weathered college town on the coast will supply the sun, sand and ocean for that extra SoCal feel. Known as the “American Riviera” with plenty of Spanish influence, the Mission Santa Barbara is a prime example of the area’s rich history while still serving as the local community’s parish church.
LA is a city that hardly needs any introduction at all, and is your final destination. Home to Hollywood stars, the LA Lakers and “hella” highway traffic, your opportunities are endless as our tour comes to an end. The “Creative Capital of the World” boasts entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine and research sure to keep you busy for the remainder of your time in California. Once you off-board your three-day road trip, make sure you arrange some local tours to see the sights, sounds, and tastes of what Los Angeles has to offer!
OR, GO THE OTHER WAY*!
If you’re starting our your visit to California down south (maybe checking out Disneyland or the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter?), you can catch this same trip going the other way. With a pickup in Hollywood, Los Angeles, this trip rambles UP the coast with a final destination of our home town, San Francisco! When you reach the City by the Bay, you’ll get an extra chance to walk along the Golden Gate bridge with your group before you depart.
Whichever way you’re traveling, this trip is the perfect way to take in the unique culture and beautiful sights of the California Coast!
So what are you waiting for? Book your Pacific Coast Tour today with a friend, and save 50% on the second seat with promo code “50OFF16″. You don’t want to miss this brand new tour for 2016!
*Note that this is a one way trip. We recommend this trip for guests flying into SFO and flying out of LAX or the other way around.