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 Pacific Coast Highway

12 night holiday driving down the beautiful California Coast (updated for 2024)

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 then head East to Yosemite National Park and spend a full day enjoying this iconic park. You’ll drive back to the coast to stay in 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. 

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

Fly into San Francisco and out of Los Angeles

900 miles

Includes flights, car & accommodation

pacific coast highway holiday

Our 12 Night Pacific Coast Highway holiday starts in San Francisco and ends in Santa Monica / Los Angeles: San Francisco (3 nights), Yosemite National Park (2 nights), Monterey (2 nights), Cambria (1 night), Santa Barbara (1 night), Santa Monica (3 nights)

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Your Itinerary

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Days 1 - 3:
San Francisco (3 nights)

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.


San Francisco,


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Days 4 & 5:
Yosemite (2 nights)

Jump in your car and head east to one of the most famous National Parks, Yosemite. Known for it’s waterfalls, giant Sequoias and deep valleys, Yosemite covers nearly 1200 square miles. You’ll be staying overnight in the park giving you a full day to explore!


Yosemite NP, CA

2 Star

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Days 6 & 7:
Monterey (2 nights)

Today you’re heading back to the coast. 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.



2 Star

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Day 8:
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




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Day 9:
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.


Barbara, CA


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Days 10 - 12:
Santa Monica (3 nights)

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 or perhaps visiting one of the theme parks.


Los Angeles,

3 Star

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Days 13 & 14:
LA & Fly Home

Make the most of your final morning in Los Angeles today. Maybe you’d like to cycle to Venice Beach, see the famous Hollywood sign or walk down Rodeo Drive. This evening you’ll catch your overnight flight back to the UK.



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San Diego, CA

We can add a few nights at the end of your holiday so that you can visit San Diego at the southern end of California. Enjoy the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo and maybe take a day trip into nearby Mexico from here.

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Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs was a desert retreat for Hollywood stars and also became an occasional home of Elvis and you can take a tour of his honeymoon hideaway where he and Priscilla stayed right after their wedding. It has also become a big resort location with luxury hotels and golf courses.

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Napa Valley, CA

The area north of San Francisco is world renowned for its hundreds of hillside vineyards. Winetasting tours are available and the Napa Valley Wine Train is a vintage locomotive and restaurant running through the valley. Nearby Yountville is known for its restaurants and sparkling wine.

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