Pacific Coast Highway

12 day holiday driving down the beautiful California Coast

Includes flights from UK, car hire and accommodation
Fly into San Francisco and out of Los Angeles
You’ll drive approximately 490 miles in total
 Includes Monterey, Big Sur, Cambria and Santa Barbara
Extra days can easily be added or we can shorten the trip if preferred
Your full road trip pack and itinerary will be sent to you
Your entire package is ATOL protected

Our Pacific Coast Highway road trip begins in San Francisco where you can enjoy the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, experience Alcatraz Prison and the lively Pier 39. You’ll pass through Santa Cruz and Monterey before you drive along the winding coastal road to Big Sur. The roadtrip continues into Los Angeles stopping at the Danish village of Solvang on the way. This trip can be extended as far south as San Diego, just north of the Mexican border. 

All our road trips can be shortened or extra nights added or modified with upgraded hotels, car etc. We love building tailor made trips!


Your Itinerary

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Days 1 - 3:
Begin in San Francisco

You’ll start your road trip in San Francisco. Pick up your hire car and then enjoy the first three nights in “Fog City”.  Cycle or drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, travel on the cable cars, visit Alcatraz and spend an evening at Pier 39.

Fly into San Francisco
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Motor lodge
3 Nights
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Days 4 & 5:
Two nights in Monterey

Jump in your car and head south to Monterey. You’re here for two nights so head down to Pebble Beach, the famous golf links which also hosts concourse car shows and is home to the Lone Cypress Tree. You’ll also want to visit downtown Monterey and Carmel while you’re here.

Approx 120 miles
 2 star hotel
2 Nights
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Day 6:
Stunning Big Sur

Get an early start today, you’ve got a great day ahead. You’ll drive along the winding roads of iconic Highway 1 stopping at outstanding vista points along the way. You’ll visit Big Sur, Pfeiffer Falls and drive over famous Bixby Bridge. Don’t rush this drive - take it easy and enjoy this section of the Pacific Coast Highway

 Approx 105 miles
 Coastal inn
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Day 7:
Solvang & Santa Barbara

We recommend you start your day with a visit to historic Hearst Castle, a huge property with magificent views of the Pacific Ocean. Then, after lunch you’ll continue your drive south taking a small, but worthwhile detour through the Danish influenced city of Solvang and finally onto Santa Barbara.

 Approx 145 miles
Santa Barbara
 Coastal inn
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Day 8 - 10: 
Santa Monica Pier

You’ll drive through Los Angeles to arrive at Santa Monica Pier which is also the symbolic end of Route 66. You’ll stay in Los Angeles for three nights so enjoy visiting attractions such as the Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and of course seeing the famous Hollywood sign!

Approx 85 miles
Los Angeles
3 star hotel
3 Nights
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Day 11 
Final morning in LA

Spend the morning enjoying LA, seeing some sights, maybe take a bike ride from Santa Monica Pier down to Venice Beach or relax for your final morning. In the afternoon you’ll need to head to LAX for your flight back to the UK.

Fly out of Los Angeles
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Day 12:
Arrive back in UK

You’ll arrive back in the UK today. Thank you for booking your road trip with RouteTrip USA.

Arrive back in UK
Fancy an upgrade?

Our standard prices include a small family car, but you can hire a convertible or SUV. Take a look at your car choice here.

We are completely independent and have a wide choice of hotels. We can upgrade some or all of your hotels. Just ask us!

 Why not add extra days or some side trips to your holiday!
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