Pacific Coast Highway
"I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me."
Day One, Oct 15th:
Arrive (one-way flight) into L.A. aka The City of Angels. (Remember we will be flying out of San Francisco). Discover your way to our charming hostel via airport shuttle or Uber. (We will have private double occupancy rooms here.) Lots to see in this town so you may want to arrive early to explore before you meet up with your fellow road-trippers at 6:00 this evening for our meet and greet. We'll grab a bite to eat afterward and take a stroll on the Walk of Fame on nearby Hollywood Boulevard before settling in for the evening. Meals:D
Day Two, Oct 16th:
Good Morning Los Angeles! We’ll have breakfast at our lovely hostel and then we hit the road to Santa Barbara, about a 2.5 hour drive, taking time to breathe in the fresh salty air as we go. We'll be doing a local hike with wonderful views of the lovely coastal highway. Afterwards we'll eat lunch and take a peek around this upscale beach town. There's tons to do here from visiting a mission, to walking the waterfront pier, to sipping wine at the ubiquitous tasting rooms and wineries. You will sleep well tonight in our cozy hotel after all that fresh sea air and wine tasting. Meals: B
Day Three, Oct 17th:
We’ll partake in our hotel’s continental breakfast and continue northbound. Did someone say Wild West! We hope to catch a horse ride on some beautiful sand dunes en route. If we can’t rope the horses down, we’ll be biking instead. If we are lucky enough to catch the season of the Monarch butterfly habitat, we’ll pull over and see what the flutter is all about. We'll stop for lunch and check out San Luis Obispo before stretching our legs on another breathtaking hike. We’ll end our day in Pablo Robles where if you haven't filled your goblet enough, there will be time for more tasting, strolling, and eating before settling into our unique farm motel rooms. Meals: B
Day Four, Oct 18th:
We'll share coffee and eggs with the locals at a nearby cafe and then we'll be heading up the beautiful, edgy, coastal hugging part of the PCH. Some fresh 'Sequoia Sempervirens' air will be needed after several hairpin turns so we'll take a stop in Big Sur Park to take a breath. We'll find the biggest of these coastal redwood trees and give it a big hug! After getting a bite to eat or picnic here, we’ll continue up to our home for the night, near Monterrey. Enjoy a free night to walkabout town. We'll have snug rooms to crash in for the evening.
Day Five, Oct 19th:
Slow leisurely start to the day today! When we're all ready to travel on, we’ll stop in to see all of our aquatic friends at the Monterey Aquarium. The Jelly fish display is mesmerizing and not to be missed. We will edge up the coast, stroll through and eat lunch in the super cute village of Capitola, pass through Santa Cruz with its amusement park boardwalk, and on to our 2nd hostel experience near Pescadero. We have a full house with two dorm style rooms rented out just for us! We'll all be cooking together tonight to gain the full hostel experience and hopefully meet other interesting hostelers. There is a hot tub on the edge of the cliffs that one can soak in too! Who knows what evening activities might start up in our home on the cliffs. Meals: B,D
Day Six, Oct 20th:
Is it already time to head to foggy San Francisco? Today we will drive less than two hours to reach Frisco Bay. There is way too much to do in this town so we figured the best way to see it would be on two wheels. We’ll make a stop at Pier 39 and Fisherman’s wharf before we get on bikes to do a fab 8-mile ride along the bay, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and in to Sausalito. We can catch our breath in this lovely bayside village before we catch the ferry back to the Embarcadero in San Fran. We will share our last dinner together after a grand week. Hopefully you can stay a day or two more to further explore on your own. We'll enjoy our last night in a funky San Fran hotel. Meals: B,D
Day Seven, Oct 21st:
We hate to say goodbye after such a memory-filled road trip. Goodbye Thelma and Louise! If time permits before your flights, we can meet for breakfast at a local joint. There are plenty of ways to get to the airport via the efficient shuttle, Uber, or the BART system to the airport.
Maximum group size: 10