Exploration of Central California's stunning coastal towns
Option to add Monterey Bay Aquarium ticket
Free time to explore Carmel's beachy shops & art galleries
Sights include the Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach & Bird Rock
Scenic ride down famed Pacific Coast Highway & 17-Mile Drive
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the Pacific Coast Highway
Pickup & drop-off at most San Francisco hotels
Live tour commentary provided in English
Free Wifi on vehicle
Meals and beverages
Monterey Bay Aquarium (unless option selected)
What you can expect
Trace the Pacific coastline of Highway 1 all the way to Monterey. There, explore the city’s historic past, Cannery Row, Old Fisherman’s Wharf and many biking or hiking trails. Cruise the 17-mile Drive to Pebble Beach. Finish up in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Add optional excursions to the Monterey Bay Aquarium or a walking food tour of historic Monterey.
Monterey is a rich and entertaining mix of wildlife, stunning coastal views and important history. On its streets you can walk in the steps of figures like Grapes of Wrath author John Steinbeck, who spent years living in and writing about this fascinating area.
After a pickup from a convenient hotel in San Francisco, you’ll be swept into a Pacific Coast wonderland. You’ll head down California State Route 1 toward Monterey along the picturesque Pacific Ocean coastline. Grab a photo with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop!
Keep an eye out for the sea otters playing in the waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This underwater park stretches hundreds of miles along the coast from San Francisco to Cambria and is home to hundreds of species of marine mammals, birds, and fish.
In Monterey, you’ll have two hours of free time to explore. That’s plenty of time to visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Alternatively, you can take the time to stroll out to Lovers’ Point, check out the many boutiques that line historic Cannery Row, or grab a fresh lunch at Old Fisherman’s Wharf.
Back on your tour vehicle, you’ll be treated to more beauty on the 17-Mile Drive. This scenic road winds its way through the Del Monte Forest between magnificent multi-million dollar homes, spectacular coastline and Pebble Beach golf course. Catch a photo of the hardy Lone Cypress Tree.
After leaving 17-Mile Drive, arrive in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Check out the quaint shops on Ocean Avenue or get some white Pacific sand between your toes at the beach.
Finally, it’s time to head back to San Francisco, exhilarated but knowing it was a day to remember.