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California Coast Express

3 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Los Angeles/Santa Barbara/Pismo Beach
Welcome to Los Angeles, USA. Meet your group and leader at 7:30 am in the hotel lobby for an important briefing about the trip. Please eat breakfast and pack your bags before the meeting, so that you're ready to leave soon after. Drive north to your first stop of Santa Barbara (approximately 2-3 hours). The traffic around Los Angeles can be very bad so please be prepared for delays. You'll have some free time to explore Santa Barbara before continuing up the coast to Pismo Beach where we stay the night. Spend the rest of the afternoon walking along the beach, swimming in the ocean, or take a trip to the nearby town of San Luis Obispo - the happiest town in the USA. Optional activities here include a visit to the Spanish mission of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Bubblegum Alley, or sample a local brew or wine.

Day 2 Monterey
This morning jump on Highway 101 and head north towards Monterey. After a picnic lunch at Lover's Point, turn south and drive down Highway 1 as far as possible, stopping at Pfeiffer State Beach for some classic coastline views. The Highway here has been impacted by recent heavy rains and travel will be restricted by maintenance works. Head back to Monterey afterwards. On arrival into town, check in to your hotel and perhaps head out on an optional activity. Perhaps sign up for some whale spotting or visit Steinbeck's Cannery Row. The rest of the evening is free to do as you please.

Day 3 San Francisco
Head to San Francisco this morning, arriving into the city around lunchtime (approximately two hours). This afternoon take part in the Temples, Tea and Beatniks Urban Adventure day tour. Make your own fortune cookie in Chinatown, explore the city's oldest temple and discover the Beatniks of North Beach. Your California Coast Express trip comes to an end after the tour, and you're free to depart at anytime. As there's a great deal to do in San Francisco, we recommend you stay a few extra days to make the most of the city.
All This Included
Kick off your California coastal adventure from the sprawling megalopolis of Los Angeles. Stop in Santa Barbara - also known as the American Riviera - and take in the incredible Spanish influences. Spend the night in beautiful Pismo Beach and travel the spectacular Cabrillo Highway to Monterey. Finish in San Francisco. This is a great way to witness the stunning Cali coastline in all its glory.
  • Meals - 1 lunch
  • Transport - Private vehicle
  • Temples, Tea, & Beatniks Urban Adventure
  • With its widespread beaches and relaxed atmosphere, Santa Barbara is a great place to escape the bright lights and buzz of major cities
  • Due to the nature of this trip, it allows you to see a lot of the Californian coast in such a short period of time
  • Mexican influence runs throughout Monterey, with the city offering a glimpse into the history of California before it became a part of the USA
  • San Francisco has a completely unique landscape that’s extremely rewarding to explore by foot. With cable cars navigating its steep hills and the Golden Gate Bridge forever in its backdrop, it’s worth getting to know
Hotel (2 nights)
  • Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 13.
  • Ages: Minimum 15
  • A single supplement is available on this trip
  • This trip starts at 7:30am on day 1 and finishes at approximately 5pm on day 3.
  • As this is a short trip with a packed itinerary, there's not a lot of free time to explore on your own or relax. We recommend planning to spend an extra day or two in Los Angeles and San Francisco either side of the trip to make the most of these cities. We'll be happy to help you book additional accommodation (subject to availability).
  • You'll be travelling in a van with other travellers, so conditions may feel a little cramped. This is all part of the adventure and a great opportunity to make new friends.
  • Traffic in and out of Los Angeles and San Francisco can be very busy, especially during the holiday period. There may be delays, so be prepared to take part in car games to keep you entertained.
  • The drive along the California coast offers spectacular views and is a main focus of the adventure. Given the trip is so short, expect to spend a lot of time in the van, rather than spending most of your time in each destination.
  • Please ask you Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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