American Experiences: Discover California’s Coast

Road trip along California's Coast


Cruise along endless coastline as you discover the natural beauty of the Golden State. Wander through redwood forests and sloping vineyards – the choice is yours as you craft your own road trip with the help of our adventure specialists.

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Each American Experiences trip is designed for you to craft and customize your own adventure. Pick your own date, add or remove nights, upgrade your car, reverse cities, add on activities, and more. Our team of adventure experts has curated suggestions to make your trip incredible, and our team is standing by to assist you in creating your incredible adventure.

While crafting your road trip, be assured that your package includes centrally-located hotels, a Hertz car rental, breakfast daily, free hotel WiFi, hotel parking, and an adventure all your own.

 

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Day 1: Arrive in San Francisco

Arrive in San Francisco at any time, pick up your rental car and head to your hotel of choice. Perhaps head to Fisherman's Wharf to get a taste of everything the city has to offer from sour dough bread to salt water taffy. Looking for something more active? Choose to explore the city venturing around its many scenic, hilly neighborhoods. Consider hopping on a cable car for an authentic trip around the Golden City for views of the bay or choose to explore from the comfort of your rental car and cruise down Lombard Street, famed for its curvy path. Whatever you choose, the adventure is yours to make!

Day 2: San Francisco

There's always plenty of activities in San Francisco, so for your first full day in the city consider taking a trip out to Alcatraz, what was once a maximum security prison, to learn about life in the penitentiary. Or, maybe you'd like to do some souvenir shopping? Be sure to head to Union Square for excellent shopping and dining, or revisit Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 for a truly scenic shopping trip with sea lions to top off the experience! Perhaps you'd like to enjoy more fresh air? Choose to explore Golden Gate Park for unparalleled views of the famed red bridge, then consider driving across the bridge to make a stop in the charming bay-front town of Sausalito to stroll along their boardwalk for local craftsmanship and dining. Need even more recommendations for what to explore in San Francisco? Our Club Adventures specialists are here to help!

Day 3: San Francisco to Pismo Beach

This morning, choose to stay in the city and explore more, or start your journey to Pismo Beach early - since American Experiences road trips are fully customizable- the choice is yours! On your way south, be sure to take Route 1 for a scenic waterfront drive. Along the way perhaps stop at Big Basin State Park to be awestruck at the towering redwood trees before hopping back on the road to Pismo Beach. Looking for a beach day? Route 1 passes through the popular surf town of Santa Cruz as well as Monterey, the capital of California under both Spanish and Mexican rule and home to one of the most highly acclaimed aquariums in the United States. Continue south passing through the stunning Big Sur State Park and into the heart of Central California's wine country.

Day 4: Pismo Beach to Santa Monica

Today, choose to relax in Pismo Beach or head to the waterfront in Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve for a natural look at California's coast. Looking to get a better taste of the area? San Luis Obispo Country, where Pismo Beach is located, is home to several well-regarded wine regions including Arroyo Grande, known for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which is just a quick drive from the hotel! Later, start your journey south to Santa Monica, perhaps making pit-stops at more local wineries along the way! It's your trip, so you get to write the narrative.

Day 5: Santa Monica

Embrace the Southern California lifestyle of Santa Monica and choose to bike along Venice Beach like a local on a guided tour or soothe your sweet tooth with a tour of Santa Monica's best spots for desserts! Want to get the full LA experience? Perhaps join a tour of Hollywood or hike to the top of Mount Hollywood. The choice is yours!

Day 6: Santa Monica to La Jolla

Today, head south along the coast to the final destination in your California road trip - La Jolla! Because this area is just north of the Mexican border, expect plenty of mouthwatering foodie experiences to satisfy your palate. Looking for something more active? Consider joining a sea cave kayaking tour to enjoy the surf, sun, and sand of Southern California. Or, for those of you who truly want to embrace the lifestyle, perhaps take a surfing lesson to test your balance along the stunning coastline.

Day 7: La Jolla and Farewell

Leave La Jolla today with warm, sunny memories of your California Coast road trip!

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Chinatown Culinary Tour

Stroll the narrow streets and back alleys of San Francisco's Chinatown on this small-group walking tour. Stop by shops selling authentic Chinese crafts and pottery, as well as hard-to-find herbs and produce. A variety of tastings add up to a full lunch, including tea, fortune cookies, dim sum, and other treats. Listen to guided commentary and ask plenty of questions as you explore.
Starting at $69 per person

Santa Monica and Venice Beach Bike Adventure

Santa Monica is one of the best neighborhoods to explore by bike with its colorful characters, sights and sounds. Since it's also an artistic and creative area of LA, this tour seizes the opportunity to introduce you to legal graffiti street galleries and the best of the local sculpture and architecture. This two-wheeled adventure will leave your legs a bit more toned and your stomach ready for lunch.
Starting at $74 per person

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

Enjoy the sublime coastal scenery as you spot abundant marine life during this kayaking trip in La Jolla’s sea caves and ecological reserve. Paddle along with your expert naturalist guide as you observe the numerous species of birds, dolphins, sea lions and even orcas that inhabit the area. Kayak among the lush kelp beds that grow in the reserve and, if conditions permit, explore inside the sea caves that dot the area’s rocky coastline. This La Jolla caves trip includes all necessary equipment, a life jacket, guide, and optional wetsuit rental.
Starting at $33 per person

La Jolla: Surf Lessons

Learn how to ride the waves during this West Coast surf lesson! The techniques covered give surfers the tools to progress safely at each individuals pace while enjoying being out in the ocean!
Starting at $175 per person

Los Angeles: Mount Hollywood Hike

For the Mount Hollywood Hike we’ll meet by the Greek Theater where we will then hike up through the Bird Sanctuary and into the Hollywood Hills as we learn about the first inhabitants of the Los Angeles area, the Tongva. As we climb the hills you’ll see LA spread below us - a great way to get an understanding of how the city developed and how the different areas connect with each other. From the summit of Mount Hollywood we can see almost the whole of Los Angeles. From there we’ll follow the trails down, stopping at some of the best spots to get photos of the Hollywood Sign, to the Griffith Observatory. We’ll finish your Mount Hollywood Hike by giving you a quick tour of the Observatory, before leaving you to enjoy this fantastic museum.
Starting at $50 per person

San Diego Fat Woody Beach Cruiser Experience: Coronado Island

Guests will enjoy a super-fun guided electric bicycle tour on Coronado's most beautiful coastal bike paths, scenic photo hotspots, and areas of historical interest. You can pedal if you like, but Fat Woody’s powerful electric drive system will easily push you along with the breeze at a gentle cruising speed of 8-15 mph. Relax to The Beach Boys as we take a musical blast-to-the-past on our 'Surfin Safari' around the island! Inspired by the woody wagons of California beach & surf culture, Fat Woody Beach Cruisers are custom handcrafted. Finished with real mahogany, white oak and premium leather, these cruisers are a true piece of art on wheels. If you’re looking for a truly unique & memorable southern California experience, take a ride on one of these incredibly unique beach cruisers!
Starting at $120 per person

Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour

Tasting some of the best food in Los Angeles isn't just about experiencing the local cuisine, but learning about the dynamic food culture that's emerging in Downtown LA. On this foodie-friendly walking tour, you taste creations at a few standout downtown eateries. Start walking from Pershing Square, enjoy your guide's live narration about LA and Hollywood history, and hear about the local food scene while you explore.
From $80 per person

San Francisco Small Group City Sightseeing & Alcatraz Tour

Tour San Francisco in an open-air safari jeep, then visit Alcatraz during this half-day urban adventure. With your small group, cruise through the city, passing landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks, then winding through the city's diverse neighborhoods. Disembark at Pier 33 to board your Alcatraz cruise, then take the self-guided audio tour to learn about the prison's rich history.
From $180 per person

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