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California Coast Tours From San Francisco

California Coast Tours From San Francisco

Using San Francisco as a base, take a tour up or down the stunning Pacific coast of California. Whether you are looking for surfing spots, rugged scenery, food, history, or marine life, here are a few tours that will highlight the area’s best.

 

Full-Day Tours

Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, neighboring towns on the south end of Monterey Bay, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) south of San Francisco, are the most popular day-trip destination. Attractions include Monterey Bay Aquarium, Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and Cannery Row in Monterey and the shops and restaurants of idyllic Carmel. Pebble Beach is also in this area, part of the 17-Mile Drive along the Pacific coast. If you’d rather head north of the city across the Golden Gate Bridge, Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay, known for oysters, draw both locals and visitors on day trips.

 

Multi-Day Tours

Enjoy more time on the California coast by opting for a 2- or 3-day tour that may take you as far south as Los Angeles. Check out the amusement park activities of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk; take in the dramatic scenery along the coastal stretch of Big Sur, particularly the Bixby Bridge; visit Hearst Castle; and explore the Mediterranean-like atmosphere of Santa Barbara. Monterey and Carmel are typically included on these multi-day tours as well.

 

Things to Know

  • Highway 1 is the iconic California road that snakes along the coast from top to bottom, but it’s two-lane in most sections and can be heavy with traffic; note that some tours take different routes to reach destinations, meaning you might not drive along the coast the entire time.

  • Multi-day trips can be either one-way or round-trip; make sure to check those details to suit your travel plans.

  • Most visitors head south of San Francisco on these kinds of tours, so if you’re looking for something a little more remote, head north instead past Sonoma County and toward Mendocino.

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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
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Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast
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Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast

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The California coastline is dramatic, iconic and rugged, but also difficult to enjoy when you're trapped behind the wheel of a car rental. So take this day trip to Carmel and Monterey, and enjoy the cliffside and ocean views from the window seat of your coach.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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3-Day California Coast Tour: San Francisco to Los Angeles

3-Day California Coast Tour: San Francisco to Los Angeles

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Experience the spectacular scenery, wildlife, and culture of California’s coastline, on an epic, 3-day adventure from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Sit back and relax as your friendly guide handles the driving along coast-hugging Highway 1, stopping along the way to explore highlights like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Cruz beaches, the sea cliffs of Bug Sur, luxurious 17-Mile Drive, jaw-dropping Hearst Castle, and downtown Santa Barbara. Finish the one-way journey with a train ride into the sprawling glamour of Los Angeles. Tour size is limited to eight people for a more intimate, small-group experience.
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  • 3 days
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$957.67
Price varies by group size