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Monterey and Carmel Day Trips from San Francisco

Monterey and Carmel Day Trips from San Francisco

The coastal highway from San Francisco to the Monterey Peninsula is one of the most beautiful drives in California. Whether you plan to explore the peninsula’s quaint towns or learn about its rich history, here’s how to make the most of a day trip.

Highlights

  • Relax and enjoy the scenery of the Pacific Ocean’s iconic, rugged coastline during the drive down Highway 1.

  • See unparalleled exhibits of marine life from all over the world at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.

  • Step into a John Steinbeck novel by exploring Monterey’s Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf.

  • Stop off at Pebble Beach Village to visit the Pebble Beach Golf Course and see the stunning, coastside 18th green.

  • Get a glimpse of early California history at the old Spanish mission of Carmel.

  • Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea and the unbelievably scenic 17-Mile Drive, including the photo-worthy Lone Cypress.

Things to Know

  • The gorgeous drive from San Francisco to Monterey down the Pacific coast takes about four hours.

  • The return trip to San Francisco via the inland route (past the Silicon Valley tech campuses) takes about 2.5 hours.

  • A private day tour allows you to customize your own itinerary and receive the undivided attention of your guide.

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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

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Drive down one of the most scenic roads in California on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Cruise along the coast-hugging Highway 1, passing the mansions of Pebble Beach on the iconic 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy free time to explore Monterey, where you can stroll down Steinbeck’s Cannery Row or visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Browse the ritzy boutiques of Carmel-by-the-Sea and get a glimpse of Silicon Valley’s tech campuses on the return drive to San Francisco.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast
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Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast

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The California coastline is dramatic, iconic and rugged, but also difficult to enjoy when you're trapped behind the wheel of a car rental. So take this day trip to Carmel and Monterey, and enjoy the cliffside and ocean views from the window seat of your coach.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Monterey & Carmel Explorer
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Monterey & Carmel Explorer

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Explore Monterey, Carmel, and the Pacific Coast Highway without the hassle of renting a car during this full-day tour from San Francisco. Wind down the coast through Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, 17-Mile Drive, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Pickup and drop-off at downtown San Francisco hotels included.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.00
Price varies by group size
From
$105.00
Price varies by group size