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LA: SF, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas 7-Day Trip

1. LA: SF, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas 7-Day Trip

Day 1: LOS ANGELES – SANTA BARBARA – 17 MILE DRIVE – CARMEL Depart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. Head north to the world-famous Route #1 where you'll get to see the spectacular California coastline up close (small vehicles will travel the southern portion of route 1 while full-size coaches will travel the 17-mile drive exclusively). Visit the town of Carmel and enjoy some free time to stroll in town before departing to reach your hotel at the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport. Day 2: SAN FRANCISCO – BAY CRUISE – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – CHINATOWN Start your tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay. See great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island on your way to Sausalito. Return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union square, Chinatown, and Nob Hill. Stay overnight in Modesto. Day 3: MODESTO – YOSEMITE Summer Route: Head east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome. After a beautiful day in the park, head to Stevenson Ranch and stay the night at the Comfort Inn and Suites Stevenson Ranch. Day 4: STEVENSON RANCH – LAS VEGAS Head east through the desert and Death Valley to arrive at the gambling capital of the world: Las Vegas. Stop for lunch at the outlet mall in Barstow and in the evening, take a tour of the strip to see some amazing hotels such as Caesar’s Palace, Luxor, Mirage, Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island, and more. Stay overnight at the Harrah’s Hotel. Day 5: LAS VEGAS – GRAND CANYON – PAGE Start the day traveling through the desert and through the Navajo Indian reservation before you arrive at the south bank of the Grand Canyon. After lunch, continue along the canyon east stopping at some of the Indian market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts. Then, head to the Page and Lake Powell area for the evening where you will stay at the Quality Inn View of Lake Powell. Day 6: ANTELOPE CANYON – BRYCE CANYON Tour the Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand. Then head west to Bryce Canyon, home to the most amazing natural sculptures in the world. Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the vista points in the park (this may change due to changing sunset times). After the visit, head towards the town of Kanab, where you will stay overnight at the Days Inn Kanab. On certain departures, the tour will continue to Cedar City for the night. Day 7: ZION PARK – LAS VEGAS Head into Zion Park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that runs through the park. Arrive in Las Vegas and head towards Los Angeles for a late night.

From LA: California Highlights 3-Day Trip with Accommodation

2. From LA: California Highlights 3-Day Trip with Accommodation

Discover the most iconic highlights of California, as well as some lesser-known gems, on this 3-day tour from Los Angeles. Drive the renowned 17 Mile Drive, explore Santa Barbara, and visit Yosemite Valley National Park or Hearst Castle. Enjoy 2 nights of accommodation and a bay cruise in San Fransisco included. Day 1: Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – 17 Mile Drive – Carmel Summer RouteDepart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. See the spectacular California coastline up close (small vehicles will travel the southern portion of route 1 while full-size coaches will travel the 17-mile drive exclusively). Visit the town of Carmel, home to the actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll in town before departing to reach your hotel at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport. Winter RouteDepart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Stop at the heart of downtown at the “state street promenade” and stroll through the exclusive shops and restaurants. Continue to Santa Barbara beaches and Stearns wharf to “walk on the water” and enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean. Finish your visit at the Spanish Mission Santa Barbara and continue to Solvang, “the Danish capital of America” a quaint Danish community at the heart of California. After your lunch break, head north through Silicon Valley before departing to reach your hotel at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport. Day 2: San Fransisco – Bay Cruise – Golden Gate Bridge – ChinatownSummer RouteStart your tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay. Enjoy great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Next, return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union square, Chinatown, and Nob Hill. Stay overnight in Modesto. Winter RouteStart your tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay. Enjoy great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz island. Then return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union square, Chinatown, and Nob Hill. Stay overnight at the Springhill Suites Oakland Airport. Day 3: San Fransisco – Yosemite – Los Angeles Summer RouteHead east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome. See the highest waterfalls in North America, Yosemite Falls. Then head back to Los Angeles in the evening. Winter RouteStart the day with a visit to Monterey including the wharf and Cannery Row. Continue your tour of the beautiful California Coast with a visit to the town of Carmel-by-the-sea. Then head south to the world-famous Route #1 where you'll see the spectacular California coastline up close (small vehicles will travel the southern portion of route 1 while full-size coaches will travel the 17-mile drive exclusively). Then drive back to return to Los Angeles.

From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

3. 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! 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 Immediately after 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 (English & German)

4. California Audioguide for Self-Drivers (English & German)

After booking you receive a separate Email from us with the instructions on how to install the app and the guide! You can ignore the "Ticket" Email from Get Your Guide. Please also check your spam-folder for our Email and please get in touch with us if something does not work! 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.

Big Sur California: Pacific Coast Highway Self-Drive Tour

5. Big Sur California: Pacific Coast Highway Self-Drive 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! Set off on an adventure along the California coastline, between Monterey and Pismo Beach. Explore at your own pace, with this self-guided experience. Simply download the app and begin your road trip. Stop to discover monuments and towns along the route, spending as much time as you like at each location. The app tracks your route and the audio guide plays automatically. Listen to stories and advice at every point of interest. Admire the landscapes of Garrapata State Park, Pfeiffer Canyon, McWay Falls, and Ragged Point. Drive over the famous Bixby Bridge and spot seals at San Simeon. Enjoy the freedom to skip ahead, take it slow, and snap as many photos as you like.

San Francisco: Yosemite, Las Vegas, Bryce & Zion 6-Day Trip

6. San Francisco: Yosemite, Las Vegas, Bryce & Zion 6-Day Trip

Day 1: SAN FRANCISCO – BAY CRUISE – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – CHINATOWN Meet your tour at the Public Library to embark on a city tour. Enjoy a cruise in the world-famous bay. See great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz island. Return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Chinatown, and Nob Hill. Stay overnight in Modesto. Day 2: MODESTO – YOSEMITE Head east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome. Stay overnight at the Comfort Suites Stevenson Ranch. Day 3: STEVENSON RANCH – LAS VEGAS Head to Las Vegas and stop for lunch at the outlet mall in Barstow. In the evening, take a tour of the strip and see amazing hotels such as Caesar’s Palace, Luxor, Mirage, Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island, and more. Stay overnight at Harrah’s Hotel. Day 4: LAS VEGAS – GRAND CANYON – PAGE Start the day traveling through the desert and through the Navajo Indian reservation before arriving at the south bank of the Grand Canyon. Learn how throughout the years, the Colorado river carved its way down to the sea and created a wonderland for geologists. After lunch, continue along the canyon east, stopping at some of the many Indian market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts. Then head to the Page and Lake Powell area for the evening. Day 5: ANTELOPE CANYON – BRYCE CANYON Tour the Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand. Then head west to Bryce Canyon, home to the most amazing natural sculptures in the world. Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the vista points in the park (may change due to changing sunset times). After the visit, head towards the town of Kanab. On certain departures, your tour will continue to Cedar City for the night. Day 6: ZION PARK – LAS VEGAS – LOS ANGELES After breakfast, head into Zion Park. Tour the park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that runs through the park. Leave for an early evening arrival in Las Vegas with an option for a late night return to Los Angeles.

Pacific Coast Highway: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

7. 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

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Big Sur & 17-Mile Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

10. Big Sur & 17-Mile 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! As you embark on the 17-mile & Big Sur Self-Guided Driving Tour, your journey begins at the bustling Fisherman's Wharf, known for its seafood and ocean views. Next, cruise along Cannery Row, soaking up its rich history and vibrant atmosphere. The Monterey Bay Aquarium awaits, offering a glimpse into underwater wonders. Continue to Lovers Point Park and The Kissing Rock, where scenic beauty and romantic legends merge. Next, visit Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Asilomar State Beach offers stunning coastal scenery, perfect for a leisurely stop. Drive through the famed 17 17-mile drive, admiring the luxurious Spanish Bay and the rugged beauty of Point Joe and China Rock. The tranquility of Seal Rock Creek Beach and the panoramic views from Fanshell Overlook are next. At Cypress Point Lookout, witness breathtaking coastal vistas before exploring the unique Crocker Cypress Grove. Witness the iconic Lone Cypress, a solitary tree that has become a symbol of resilience. Pescadero Point offers more dramatic coastal views, leading you to the famous Pebble Beach. The tour then takes you into the heart of Big Sur, starting with Carmel by the Sea's quaint charm. Explore the natural beauty of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and the stunning Pacific Coast Highway. Garrapata State Park, Bixby Creek Bridge, and Point Sur State Historic Park showcase the rugged California coastline. Discover the beauty of Andrew Molera State Park, Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, and Pfeiffer Beach. Marvel at the views from Grimes Point and Seal Beach Scenic Overlooks, and witness the magical McWay Falls. Drive over Big Creek Bridge and explore Limekiln State Park. Pitkins Curve Bridge leads you to the serene Jade Cove and Nathaniel Owens Memorial Redwood Grove. The tour takes you further to Ragged Point, Piedras Blancas Light Station, and Elephant Seal Vista Point, where wildlife abounds. Your journey culminates at Hearst Castle, a monument of historic opulence, before concluding at Morro Bay, a coastal city known for its natural beauty and charming atmosphere. This self-guided tour offers a comprehensive experience of California's coastal wonders, blending history, nature, and breathtaking landscapes.

Our most recommended things to do in San Simeon

LA: SF, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas 7-Day Trip

LA: SF, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas 7-Day Trip

Day 1: LOS ANGELES – SANTA BARBARA – 17 MILE DRIVE – CARMEL Depart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. Head north to the world-famous Route #1 where you'll get to see the spectacular California coastline up close (small vehicles will travel the southern portion of route 1 while full-size coaches will travel the 17-mile drive exclusively). Visit the town of Carmel and enjoy some free time to stroll in town before departing to reach your hotel at the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport. Day 2: SAN FRANCISCO – BAY CRUISE – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – CHINATOWN Start your tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay. See great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island on your way to Sausalito. Return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union square, Chinatown, and Nob Hill. Stay overnight in Modesto. Day 3: MODESTO – YOSEMITE Summer Route: Head east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome. After a beautiful day in the park, head to Stevenson Ranch and stay the night at the Comfort Inn and Suites Stevenson Ranch. Day 4: STEVENSON RANCH – LAS VEGAS Head east through the desert and Death Valley to arrive at the gambling capital of the world: Las Vegas. Stop for lunch at the outlet mall in Barstow and in the evening, take a tour of the strip to see some amazing hotels such as Caesar’s Palace, Luxor, Mirage, Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island, and more. Stay overnight at the Harrah’s Hotel. Day 5: LAS VEGAS – GRAND CANYON – PAGE Start the day traveling through the desert and through the Navajo Indian reservation before you arrive at the south bank of the Grand Canyon. After lunch, continue along the canyon east stopping at some of the Indian market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts. Then, head to the Page and Lake Powell area for the evening where you will stay at the Quality Inn View of Lake Powell. Day 6: ANTELOPE CANYON – BRYCE CANYON Tour the Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand. Then head west to Bryce Canyon, home to the most amazing natural sculptures in the world. Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the vista points in the park (this may change due to changing sunset times). After the visit, head towards the town of Kanab, where you will stay overnight at the Days Inn Kanab. On certain departures, the tour will continue to Cedar City for the night. Day 7: ZION PARK – LAS VEGAS Head into Zion Park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that runs through the park. Arrive in Las Vegas and head towards Los Angeles for a late night.

From LA: California Highlights 3-Day Trip with Accommodation

From LA: California Highlights 3-Day Trip with Accommodation

Discover the most iconic highlights of California, as well as some lesser-known gems, on this 3-day tour from Los Angeles. Drive the renowned 17 Mile Drive, explore Santa Barbara, and visit Yosemite Valley National Park or Hearst Castle. Enjoy 2 nights of accommodation and a bay cruise in San Fransisco included. Day 1: Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – 17 Mile Drive – Carmel Summer RouteDepart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. See the spectacular California coastline up close (small vehicles will travel the southern portion of route 1 while full-size coaches will travel the 17-mile drive exclusively). Visit the town of Carmel, home to the actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll in town before departing to reach your hotel at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport. Winter RouteDepart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Stop at the heart of downtown at the “state street promenade” and stroll through the exclusive shops and restaurants. Continue to Santa Barbara beaches and Stearns wharf to “walk on the water” and enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean. Finish your visit at the Spanish Mission Santa Barbara and continue to Solvang, “the Danish capital of America” a quaint Danish community at the heart of California. After your lunch break, head north through Silicon Valley before departing to reach your hotel at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport. Day 2: San Fransisco – Bay Cruise – Golden Gate Bridge – ChinatownSummer RouteStart your tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay. Enjoy great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Next, return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union square, Chinatown, and Nob Hill. Stay overnight in Modesto. Winter RouteStart your tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay. Enjoy great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz island. Then return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union square, Chinatown, and Nob Hill. Stay overnight at the Springhill Suites Oakland Airport. Day 3: San Fransisco – Yosemite – Los Angeles Summer RouteHead east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome. See the highest waterfalls in North America, Yosemite Falls. Then head back to Los Angeles in the evening. Winter RouteStart the day with a visit to Monterey including the wharf and Cannery Row. Continue your tour of the beautiful California Coast with a visit to the town of Carmel-by-the-sea. Then head south to the world-famous Route #1 where you'll see the spectacular California coastline up close (small vehicles will travel the southern portion of route 1 while full-size coaches will travel the 17-mile drive exclusively). Then drive back to return to Los Angeles.

From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

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! 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 Immediately after 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 (English & German)

California Audioguide for Self-Drivers (English & German)

After booking you receive a separate Email from us with the instructions on how to install the app and the guide! You can ignore the "Ticket" Email from Get Your Guide. Please also check your spam-folder for our Email and please get in touch with us if something does not work! 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.

Big Sur California: Pacific Coast Highway Self-Drive Tour

Big Sur California: Pacific Coast Highway Self-Drive 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! Set off on an adventure along the California coastline, between Monterey and Pismo Beach. Explore at your own pace, with this self-guided experience. Simply download the app and begin your road trip. Stop to discover monuments and towns along the route, spending as much time as you like at each location. The app tracks your route and the audio guide plays automatically. Listen to stories and advice at every point of interest. Admire the landscapes of Garrapata State Park, Pfeiffer Canyon, McWay Falls, and Ragged Point. Drive over the famous Bixby Bridge and spot seals at San Simeon. Enjoy the freedom to skip ahead, take it slow, and snap as many photos as you like.

San Francisco: Yosemite, Las Vegas, Bryce & Zion 6-Day Trip

San Francisco: Yosemite, Las Vegas, Bryce & Zion 6-Day Trip

Day 1: SAN FRANCISCO – BAY CRUISE – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – CHINATOWN Meet your tour at the Public Library to embark on a city tour. Enjoy a cruise in the world-famous bay. See great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz island. Return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Chinatown, and Nob Hill. Stay overnight in Modesto. Day 2: MODESTO – YOSEMITE Head east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome. Stay overnight at the Comfort Suites Stevenson Ranch. Day 3: STEVENSON RANCH – LAS VEGAS Head to Las Vegas and stop for lunch at the outlet mall in Barstow. In the evening, take a tour of the strip and see amazing hotels such as Caesar’s Palace, Luxor, Mirage, Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island, and more. Stay overnight at Harrah’s Hotel. Day 4: LAS VEGAS – GRAND CANYON – PAGE Start the day traveling through the desert and through the Navajo Indian reservation before arriving at the south bank of the Grand Canyon. Learn how throughout the years, the Colorado river carved its way down to the sea and created a wonderland for geologists. After lunch, continue along the canyon east, stopping at some of the many Indian market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts. Then head to the Page and Lake Powell area for the evening. Day 5: ANTELOPE CANYON – BRYCE CANYON Tour the Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand. Then head west to Bryce Canyon, home to the most amazing natural sculptures in the world. Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the vista points in the park (may change due to changing sunset times). After the visit, head towards the town of Kanab. On certain departures, your tour will continue to Cedar City for the night. Day 6: ZION PARK – LAS VEGAS – LOS ANGELES After breakfast, head into Zion Park. Tour the park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that runs through the park. Leave for an early evening arrival in Las Vegas with an option for a late night return to Los Angeles.

Pacific Coast Highway: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

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

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.

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

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.

Big Sur & 17-Mile Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Big Sur & 17-Mile 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! As you embark on the 17-mile & Big Sur Self-Guided Driving Tour, your journey begins at the bustling Fisherman's Wharf, known for its seafood and ocean views. Next, cruise along Cannery Row, soaking up its rich history and vibrant atmosphere. The Monterey Bay Aquarium awaits, offering a glimpse into underwater wonders. Continue to Lovers Point Park and The Kissing Rock, where scenic beauty and romantic legends merge. Next, visit Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Asilomar State Beach offers stunning coastal scenery, perfect for a leisurely stop. Drive through the famed 17 17-mile drive, admiring the luxurious Spanish Bay and the rugged beauty of Point Joe and China Rock. The tranquility of Seal Rock Creek Beach and the panoramic views from Fanshell Overlook are next. At Cypress Point Lookout, witness breathtaking coastal vistas before exploring the unique Crocker Cypress Grove. Witness the iconic Lone Cypress, a solitary tree that has become a symbol of resilience. Pescadero Point offers more dramatic coastal views, leading you to the famous Pebble Beach. The tour then takes you into the heart of Big Sur, starting with Carmel by the Sea's quaint charm. Explore the natural beauty of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and the stunning Pacific Coast Highway. Garrapata State Park, Bixby Creek Bridge, and Point Sur State Historic Park showcase the rugged California coastline. Discover the beauty of Andrew Molera State Park, Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, and Pfeiffer Beach. Marvel at the views from Grimes Point and Seal Beach Scenic Overlooks, and witness the magical McWay Falls. Drive over Big Creek Bridge and explore Limekiln State Park. Pitkins Curve Bridge leads you to the serene Jade Cove and Nathaniel Owens Memorial Redwood Grove. The tour takes you further to Ragged Point, Piedras Blancas Light Station, and Elephant Seal Vista Point, where wildlife abounds. Your journey culminates at Hearst Castle, a monument of historic opulence, before concluding at Morro Bay, a coastal city known for its natural beauty and charming atmosphere. This self-guided tour offers a comprehensive experience of California's coastal wonders, blending history, nature, and breathtaking landscapes.

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4.5
(78 reviews)

If you want to see a lot of amazing places in a short amount of time, this is the trip! Every day was something new for us & the Canyons/National Parks were breathtaking! for us it was the first time & we wanted to see as much possible in a week. Remember that this includes lots of driving (bustime) & limited time at each place you visit. for me personally, it was enough. But I do not need hours to stay at one place in a city so it was perfect to see the highlights in a short amount of time. I also liked the tourguides. they were kind & Roberto was very creative in finding solutions when we had problems by bus. We got another one and he made sure that we were busy in the mean time, not losing what we were coming for. In this trip I saw things I have never seen before & there were says I could not stop saving "wow". some views were breathtaking. the hotels were also good. i really recommend this trip!

wouldve been nicer if we'd had more time in Vegas. Vegas and the union square in Sanfransisco were absolutely stunning. The canyons were beautiful but spending almost three days out of seven days on canyons wasn't really efficient in my opinion. Because some people might be more into looking and experiencing fancy stuff than seeing nature at 360 degree angles around you. Long roads, exhausting at times but i know there's nothing they can do about it. Overall the tour was great, some of the tour guides were fairly entertaining, and all of them were nice. Also it wouldve been much better if meals had been included. Had to spend too much on food. Maybe reorganizing the itinerary based on surveys would much enhance this tour, but overall i had unforgettable experiences. Enjoy !

nice guide, bus & accomodation, effective route but the time was short for each place due to 3 days trip schedule, especially in winter. recommended for those who have limited time to explore san fransisco from LA

Very good itinerary, the guides were attentive and funny, however some of the hotels were a bit dodgy otherwise loved it!

Our kids remembered a number of historical and other facts the guide explained