California is truly an incredible destination. Diverse, exciting and beautiful with amazing cities, incredible beaches and stunning parklands, all offering more ways to enjoy your vacation than anywhere in the world.
DriveAmerica tour itineraries and prices do not include car rental and are based on you providing your own transportation.
Day 1 - LOS ANGELES ARRIVAL: Arrive in beautiful Los Angeles, pick up your rental car and begin to explore the city. There's so much to see from the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice, to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood and numerous world-class museums.
Day 2 - LOS ANGELES > PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY > MALIBU > SANTA BARBARA > CENTRAL COAST: Start the day with a drive through Santa Monica and the famous beaches of Malibu. Continue up the coast to Santa Barbara, a beautiful seaside community with its famous mission and palm-lined walkways. The harbor and wharf areas are great to explore on foot or rent a bike and see even more. Further north, the classic beach towns of California's Central Coast beg to be explored. Overnight in the heart of California's Central Coast.
Day 3 - CENTRAL COAST > HIGHWAY 1 > MONTEREY/CARMEL: Continue north, and near San Luis Obispo join Highway 1 which is renowned as one of the most scenic roadways in the US. Enjoy more stunning views of the rugged coastline and the Pacific with a drive on the 17-Mile Scenic Drive, which passes through the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. Experience the quaint village of Carmel and the charming seaside town of Monterey.
Day 4 - MONTEREY/CARMEL > YOSEMITE: Start your day early and continue across California's agricultural Central Valley before ascending into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Join highway 49 and travel south through California Gold country following in the footsteps of the thousands of gold seekers during the gold rush of 1949. Today this area's streams and creeks are still considered some of the best for gold panning enthusiasts. Continue to Yosemite National Park.
Day 5 - YOSEMITE: A full day to explore. Yosemite National Park embraces some of the world's most spectacular scenery and affords a wonderful collection of waterfalls, meadows and forests, including groves of giant sequoias. Marvel at the sheer granite domes and cliffs that soar thousands of feet up from the valley floor. The massive glacial-shaped rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome are the most famous landmarks of the park and keep a majestic watch over the valley.
Day 6 - YOSEMITE > SAN FRANCISCO: Today depart Yosemite and head for the city on the bay. This scenic drive will take you into the heart of San Francisco your base for the next 2 days.
Day 7 - SAN FRANCISCO: A full day at leisure to explore the City by the Bay. We strongly recommend time in Fisherman's Wharf and a relaxing way to spend the afternoon is taking a ferry to Sausalito for a unique perspective on the skyline.
Day 8 - SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTURE: Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.
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