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Pacific Coast Highway

San Fran, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach & San Diego

600 miles of stunning coastal road links dozens of amazing Californian destinations. Vibrant cities, stunning beaches, vineyards and state parks pepper this popular route. If you choose to drive one American road in your lifetime this is the one to do.


Pacific Coast Highway 14 days

All of our American road trips can be tailored to meet your requirements. Do you have more or less than 14 days for your road trip? No problem, we can bolt on extra nights to allow more time to explore or shorten the number of destinations as required. Just let us know when requesting your quote.

A wonderful road trip clearly famous for a reason


San Fran skyline

Day 1

America's favourite city - San Francisco

Arrive in California, and take a convenient cab from the airport to find your hotel in the hip city of San Francisco. Enjoy an evening meal in one of the city's excellent restaurants before settling in for the night ahead of two full days exploring in this wonderful destination one the bay.

  • Key location: San Francisco
  • San Francisco

The Painted Ladies

Day 2

So much to see and do in San Francisco

Once the fog lifts, one of America’s favourite cities will be revealed. Ride a cable car, climb the streets and get into the vibe that only this city can offer. Full of Victorian charm, famous movie locations and wealthy tech companies, San Francisco has it all.

  • Key location: San Francisco
  • San Francisco

Alcatraz Island

Day 3

Another day in the Golden Gate City

A second full day to explore the San Fran’s must-see places that are listed in your personalised Road Trip Pack. These “must see” places include Coit Tower, Lombard Street, the Painted Ladies, Union Square and Alcatraz to name just a few. Whilst you’re in San Francisco you simply must experience some of the best Chinese food in the world, thanks to the large Chinese community that call this city home.

  • Key location: San Francisco
  • San Francisco

Monterey Bay

Day 4

Beautiful Carmel-By-The-Sea via a stop in Monterey

Before leaving town today try to take in the Golden Gate Park, bigger and more varied than Central Park in New York. This is a must and it’s easy to find Highway 1 south from here. On the way to Carmel, you’ll hit Monterey, The Aquarium is another must see, along with whale watching in the spring and fall. Lastly, take 17 Mile Drive to Carmel-by-the-Sea, this most famous of routes offers Pebble Beach Golf Course, beautiful beaches and millionaire homes.

  • Key location: Monterey
  • Carmel
  • 123 Miles

Classy Carmel Beach

Day 5

A full day exploring the prettiest small town in America - Carmel

In this quaint and wealthy town, you can stroll down to visit both of Carmel's world class beaches or stroll up the hill to visit galleries, restaurants and beautiful homes. Point Lobos State Marine Reserve lies just a couple of miles south of Carmel, it’s a glorious place to spend a morning or afternoon hiking amongst the coves and along the rugged seascape. This beautiful coastal spot is a firm favourite of the team at The American Road Trip Company, it’s a must for anyone driving Highway 1.

  • Key location: Monterey
  • Carmel

Bixby Bridge - Big Sur

Day 6

Cruise through Big Sur on PCH - one of the world’s best roads

Head south down the iconic Pacific Coast Highway to the southern end of Big Sur. This classic All-American drive is at its most dramatic along this 90 mile stretch of coastal driving. Twisting roads curve around steep cliff faces, passing gorgeous State Parks and spectacular vista points that overlook the vast Pacific Ocean.

  • Key location: Big Sur
  • Cambria
  • 101 Miles

Old Mission

Day 7

Discover the upmarket Mediterranean styled town of Santa Barbara

Further south, Hearst Castle perches on “The Enchanted Hill” and overlooks the ocean in the distance. This is an extraordinary home that hosted the world’s most famous and wealthy, today Hearst Castle offers the chance to see fine antiques and art from around the world in an over the top setting. Santa Barbara is an ideal overnight stop for anyone touring the Pacific Coast Highway. This is an affluent town, built in a charming Mediterranean style making it one of the trip's top highlights. Stroll along historic State Street, visit the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens or simply enjoy the beautiful beach.

  • Key location: Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara
  • 139 Miles

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