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From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

1. From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 555+ miles-long tour covers the essentials of Yellowstone National Park in 5-7 hours. Hop in your car and enjoy this self-guided audio tour along the Pacific Coast Highway. Start in San Francisco or LA, and simply follow the GPS guide to explore one of the most beautiful stretches of coastal road in the world. Take your time driving through Monterey Bay, artsy Carmel and more. Your virtual audio guide will share interesting facts and insights as you drive. Admire views of rocky headlands, jewel-like coves, waterfalls and the famous bridges of Big Sur as you explore California’s coastal highlights. Your downloaded guide will give you plenty of opportunities to pull off the road and explore local beaches, wildlife and towns on foot. Wander through San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Ventura & Malibu before wrapping up the tour in Los Angeles. You will receive an email with the audio tour app link and a unique password from the local supplier within 1 hour of booking. Once the app is downloaded, take the tour whenever you would like. Just head to stop number 1 and begin exploring.

California Audioguide for Self-Drivers

2. California Audioguide for Self-Drivers

Complete your road trip around California with an audio guide featuring 169 locations and 3 hours of audio in 1 app. Listen to the recordings as you take in views at Yosemite, Mt. Whitney, and Zabriskie Point, experience the unique cultures of Silicon Valley, Santa Monica, and Hollywood, and drive down Highway 1. Feel at ease taking in the views while the app uses GPS to find your location and suggest stops. From famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge to lesser-known gems like Moss Landing, appreciate the wealth of beauty and history in California with detailed audio descriptions.   Stop and start your journey as often as you please, there’s no constraints once you download the app and activate your audio guide. If there’s a specific site you’d like to visit, manually choose audio guides from the built-in map or from a list.

California: Self-Guided Driving Tours Bundle

3. California: Self-Guided Driving Tours Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! NOTE: This 600+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of California Bundle in 6 days. Traverse California with this bundle of self-driving audio guides. Learn about local history and see fascinating sights as you drive to destinations throughout the state. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Visit La Jolla in sun-kissed San Diego, and the star-studded mansion of Los Angeles. Encounter the arid landscape of the Joshua Tree National Park, and the high-tech center of Silicon Valley. See San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, and marvel at the picturesque Lake Tahoe. Traverse the Pacific Coast Highway to iconic destinations like Malibu and San Luis Obispo. Immerse yourself in the Californian way of life at Big Sur, Monterey, and 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy an experience that never expires, allowing you to take these tours whenever you choose. Make it one big road trip or spread it out over months or years: the choice is yours. The bundle includes the following tours: • Big Sur • Silicon Valley • Pacific Coast Highway (both ways) • 17 Mile Drive • La Jolla • San Francisco • Lake Tahoe • LA Filming Locations • Hollywood Homes • Joshua Tree • Sequoia & Kings Canyon • Death Valley • Yosemite National Park • Hoover Dam tour from Las Vegas • Point Reyes National Seashore

Pacific Coast Highway: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

4. Pacific Coast Highway: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! NOTE: This 555-mile-long tour covers the essentials of Pacific coast highway in 5-7 hours. Drive along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway and experience the beauty of the California coast. Take advantage of the flexibility to set your own pace between stops during the self-guided app-based audio tour. See Monterey, the famous beach town known for its prestigious aquarium, and the popular golf courses of Pebble Beach. Stop off at picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea, an artsy enclave where Clint Eastwood was once mayor. Hear the sound of barking sea lions at Point Lobos State Park, whose rocky headlands are interspersed with jewel-like coves. Big Sur is one of the not-to-be-missed highlights along the scenic road, where you can enjoy gorgeous views, waterfalls, and bridges. Near San Simeon, the home of Hearst Castle, pull off at Piedras Blancas Beach, where enormous elephant seals can be spotted in the winter months. Before cutting inland to San Luis Obispo, stop to admire Morro Bay Rock and hunt for anemones in the tidal pools. Explore Santa Barbara’s quintessential downtown and then continue down to Ventura and Malibu. If you started the drive in San Francisco, end your tour in Los Angeles at the famous Santa Monica Pier. The audio tour is curated by local guides and creative writers and is narrated by professional voice artists.

Big Sur Highway 1: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

5. Big Sur Highway 1: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you along Big Sur on Highway 1 between Carmel-by-the-Sea and San Luis Obispo to not-to-be-missed points of interest, with fascinating stories, tips and directions along the way. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. Big Sur is arguably the most beautiful section of Highway 1 which follows the Californian coast. The drive is punctuated with huge mountains that drop directly into the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Every corner opens a new vista and you will want to stop frequently for the views and photos. Major Highlights: Bixby Bridge McWay Falls Giant Redwoods Elephant Seal Vista Pfeiffer Beach Hearst Castle* Napenthe Sand Dollar Beach Morro Bay Point Lobos Includes: Big Sur (Between Carmel-by-the-Sea and San Luis Obispo) This roughly 130-mile stretch of California’s coast, which can be enjoyed over one to two days, is designated as an America’s National Scenic Byway and and you are going to love it. Known for stunningly beautiful coastal scenery, its road engineering marvels and as a retreat for artists, Hollywood stars and moguls, fantastic opportunities to spot marine animals and some great food and drinks along the way. On the tour we’ll point out the "Seven Not To Be Missed" places of interest: Bixby Bridge, the Giant Redwoods at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pfeiffer Beach, Napenthe, McWay Falls, Elephant Seal Vista Point and Hearst Castle. But your journey isn’t a checklist, so you'll also hear many other suggested stops and stories along the route. Then you can decide what you want to prioritize and the pace to set.

San Luis Obispo: Essential Downtown Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. San Luis Obispo: Essential Downtown Self-Guided Audio Tour

Journey back in time with this best of San Luis Obispo walking tour. Join Rob Wickens founder of LoveoftheCentralCoast.com as he guides you to what is often ranked the “Happiest City in America” where the features of yesteryear will come alive. On this Downtown San Luis Obispo tour, you almost be able to hear the gunfire and smell the dirt streets of the 1700s. I'll show you real structures built back centuries ago and share tidbits that even locals rarely learn or stumble across. So before you take your picture in the grossly-unique Bubblegum Alley, grab your smart device and let’s step back in time by visiting the World’s Smallest Chinatown, visualizing historic flooding, and seeing Higuera Street where rough saloons marked this as the last town of the Wild West. There are so many things to do in San Luis Obispo and with this tour, you take the journey at your own pace. Highlights include: • Visit the historic Ah Louis store which was the center of a bustling Chinatown from 1874 through to the 1930s. • Learn how the San Luis Obispo got its name • See the 1875 home of the cities first coroner who was overworked due to local gunfights • Walk through the old Creamery and enjoy new treats. Allow 75 minutes to get the most out of the tour. Please be aware that some businesses on the tour may not be open at night or on weekends. The walking tour is intended to be enjoyable without the need to enter historic buildings or various points of interest. This tour give an overview of Downtown San Luis Obispo and give you a great starting point to further explore our great city on the Central Coast of California. Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic be aware that some businesses on this tour may not be open. Please follow all social distancing and face mask advisories that may currently be in place for everyone's safety.

Santa Maria - Monterey: Pacific Coast Self-Driving Tour App

7. Santa Maria - Monterey: Pacific Coast Self-Driving Tour App

Explore the stretch of Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Maria and Monterey on a self-guided driving tour. Start anywhere along the route and enjoy a scenic drive along the California coast. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure on one of the most scenic drives in the world! Along the way, you’ll pass through and learn about some of the cities and small towns nestled along the coast including Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo and its Bubble Gum Alley, historical Cambria, Morro Bay and the Morro Rock, the super small hamlet of Lucia, Big Sur, Carmel-by-the-Sea & more! Pass through or take a break at some of the amazing coastal state parks and nature reserves like Ocean Dunes Natural Preserve, Monarch Butterfly Groves, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, Marino Reserve, the Hearst San Simeon State Park and McWay Falls. If you are looking for a museum like no other, there’s the famous Hearst Castle! Hear about, and hopefully see some amazing sea animals at one of the Whale Trail sites and the Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and viewing spots. Make sure to keep an eye out for Sea Otters along the shoreline. Stop and wonder at Morro Rock, Cayucos Pier and one of the most photographed sites in California, the Bixby Creek Bridge. Learn some history of the area and its original inhabitants, and hear about the early settlers at the Piedras Blancas Light Station and Whaler’s Cove. As well as the incredible flora and fauna that make this coastal area home today, you’ll hear about the dangers and challenges nature poses to this incredible highway.

San Luis Obispo: Santa Lucia Guided Nature Tour by Hummer

8. San Luis Obispo: Santa Lucia Guided Nature Tour by Hummer

Discover the spectacular nature and wildlife that surrounds Santa Margarita on a guided off-road tour. Travel by vintage open-air Hummer around the ranch town and into the Santa Lucia mountains. Learn about the bears, eagles and mountain lions that inhabit the region from the ranch naturalist. Starting in the town of Santa Margarita the tour will explore historic terrain that has been inhabited for thousands of years. Initially home to Native Americans from the Chumash and Salinan Nations, it was later settled by Franciscan missionaries and played host to itinerant outlaws. As you drive along the trails behind the ranch and approach the Santa Lucia mountains, your guide will discuss native ecosystems, plants and local wildlife, opening your eyes to one of the Central California Coast’s hidden gems.

Paso Robles: Wine Country Sightseeing Tour by Sidecar

9. Paso Robles: Wine Country Sightseeing Tour by Sidecar

Explore the lush city of Paso Robles in a new, exciting way on this unique tour in a vintage sidecar. Let your guide drive you past sights like the Sensorio Lights exhibition space and stop to capture a picture with the colorful "Explore Paso" mural.  Meet your guide and hop aboard the cozy sidecar at the Cass Winery and begin your Paso Robles adventure. Cruise through the city and soak up its charm and small town vibe. Catch a glimpse of the Sensorio Lights and the Tin City area as you ride by with the wind in your hair.  Take in the lively Market Walk shop as you learn more about this wine region in from your guide. Immerse yourself in the city's rich history and culture on this family-friendly tour that lets you take in the rolling hills covered in vineyards.  Enjoy visiting sites such as Market Walk, the Downtown City Park, and the popular "Explore Paso" mural before returning to the Cass Winery at the end of your tour. 

San Luis Obispo: Eagle and Birdwatching Tour by Hummer

10. San Luis Obispo: Eagle and Birdwatching Tour by Hummer

All eyes on the sky on a visually spectacular birdwatching tour into the diverse Santa Lucia mountain range on a vintage open-air Hummer. Your driver/guide will point out the best places to spot eagles and hawks while you explore the picturesque surrounds. Eagles are among the most majestic creatures on earth and several different types make their home on the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. The 14,000-acre ranch has fertile valley soils, mountain forests, plentiful water and abundant wildlife. During winter and spring you can make use of scopes and binoculars provided as you travel to an area of the ranch with a known bald eagle nest. Here eaglets are reared, and you may witness the parents take flight for a hunt. During summer and fall, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and other flighted inhabitants are in abundance on the ranch.  Along the way, you’ll learn bird-watching skills that you can take to any sky near you.

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based on 6 reviews

Our guided nature tour of Santa Lucia was terrific. Jackie was our tour guide and was wonderful. Very knowledgeable, personal, patient and just over the top! The Hummer ride was so cool and easy access to get off and on for nature experiences for plants, birds scenery, and small waterfalls! Due to the rain in the area the hills were so green and the local Oak trees were beautiful. The deciduous ones were amazing. Can't rave enough about it. Just a must to see ands enjoy being outdoors.

Everything available offline. The app works great and the location also works perfectly. The audios are of good length. You learn a lot along the way, but you are not overwhelmed by information, so that you can really take something away with you. There could be more audios and/or a category with overlapping audios. Overall it's very good and I would definitely recommend it!

Very informative and easy to use. First class support 👍. I can only recommend.

Very useful to discover at your own pace with many visit options!

Very good alternative to more expensive guided tours.