Iconic Highway 1 Fly Drive

Combine California's most famous cities with it's most iconic stretch of road on a relaxed, easy journey.

California’s coastal highway is, for many, the epitome of the American road trip having featured in countless movies and TV shows over the years. The sweeping road takes you from San Francisco in the north to Los Angeles in the south via dramatic ocean views, secluded coves and quaint holiday towns.

Tour highlights

    • Drive the 'Big Sur' coastal road
    • San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
    • Spanish colonial influenced Santa Barbara
    • Drive through LA's Malibu & Santa Monica


Day 1

UK to San Francisco

Touch down in the City by the Bay for your introduction to California.

Days 2-3

San Francisco

California’s city by the bay offers the perfect introduction to the Golden State. Take a stroll over the Golden Gate Bridge, catch the cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf, march yourself up ‘the crookedest street’ on Lombard and take a tour to the island prison of Alcatraz.

Days 4-5

San Francisco to Monterey

Collect your car and start your journey down Highway 1. Monterey is a lively seaside town with an active harbour, fantastic aquarium and plenty of bars and restaurants. Make a stop in neighbouring Carmel where the way of life is distinctly slower.

Day 6

Monterey to Pismo Beach

Take the coastal drive down the most famous stretch of Highway 1, known as the Big Sur and recognisable from innumerable movies and music videos. This dramatic stretch of coast offers photo opportunities at every turn.

Days 7-8

Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara

Rocky coves start to give way to broad beaches and the coastal pine trees relent to swaying palms as you enter southern California. Spanish influenced Santa Barbara is a patchwork of terracotta roofs and white washed walls with the laid back atmosphere you would expect in this seaside town.

Day 9

Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

Journey past affluent towns, like Malibu, where celebrities escape the crowds in their cliff top homes on your way into Los Angeles.

Days 10-12

Los Angeles

Bask in the sun at Santa Monica, hit the shops of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and see the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Take a day to visit incredible Universal Studios Hollywood, where thrilling rides sit next to the movie lots of old that are still used today. It is a short drive on to LA airport to drop your car before your flight home.

Your vehicle

Full Size 4 Door

Dodge Charger, Ford Fusion or similar

Capacity:Up to 4 adults & 1 child
Luggage:Up to 3 suitcases & 1 medium sized bag
Your car hire includes:

  • Unlimited mileage 
  • Zero excess 
  • Loss damage waiver 
  • Theft waiver 
  • Third party liability 
  • Supplementary liability insurance (up to $1million) 
  • Rentals starting in California include free additional drivers

Min Rental age: 21. Drivers under 25 will be charged a supplement locally.

Additional Info

Best at Travel works with a number of car hire companies to bring you a huge selection of routes, depots and car types. Precise conditions and inclusions vary between companies so ask your Best at Travel consultant for details of what is the best hire for you.


This fly drive itinerary runs all year round

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