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Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

The Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach

SAN FRANCISCO TO SAN DIEGO The California coast is so blissfully majestic, it’s a must-see no matter what kind of traveler you are. Besides the breathtaking views, you’ll get to make memorable stops in San Francisco, Monterey, Los Angeles, and San Diego on the Pacific Coast Highway. SUGGESTED ITINERARY 10 Days/9 Nights DAYS 1–3: SAN FRANCISCO Arrive in San Francisco and head down to the waterfront to explore the idyllic Fisherman’s Wharf. Here, check out historic sites and be sure to try the incredible seafood and sourdough French bread at one of the bakeries. Burn off those calories with a bike ride below the Golden Gate Bridge. Spend time at Alcatraz Island, the first lighthouse and US-built fort on the West Coast, and, of course, the infamous federal prison. Though known for all the criminals it housed, Alcatraz is also a bird sanctuary — this two-for-one is quite the steal! DAY 4: BIG SUR Hit the highway early for some stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Stop in Monterey or Carmel for lunch before heading on to Big Sur to check out the elephant seals of Piedras Blancas. You won’t want to rest your eyes when in this region — it will be breathtaking whichever way you turn. Spend the night in Big Sur State Park in one of the comfy lodges, or — if you’re adventurous — camp among the redwood trees. DAYS 5–7: LOS ANGELES This morning, drive to Los Angeles. Once you arrive, there is so much to see! Start with the hop-on/hop-off bus tour or the Movie Stars’ Homes and Trolley Tour, arranged by your travel consultant. Then head down to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and see your favorite actor’s star and the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Do some shopping on Rodeo Drive. This stop literally is what dreams are made of! Like an actor catching a break — make the most of this opportunity! DAYS 8–10: SAN DIEGO Continue farther down the coast to sunny San Diego. Known for beautiful weather all year round, San Diego has plenty to offer. Head to Balboa Park and spend the day at the San Diego Zoo. Take the Skyfari tram for a bird’s-eye view of the park. Spend time at the Spreckels

Organ Pavilion to see the world’s largest pipe organ. Definitely explore the craft breweries in the area as well — they are perfectly refreshing in the always-perfect weather! Stroll through the famous Gaslamp District and enjoy the exciting nightlife. Lastly, cross the soaring San Diego-Coronado Bridge to Coronado Island just beyond the city center. Explore the quaint, walkable downtown area, have lunch at the historic (and supposedly haunted) Hotel del Coronado, and relax on one of the country’s best dune beaches.


Nevada • San Francisco

• Big Sur

• Los Angeles

Pacific Ocean • San Diego