Iconic Highway 1 Fly Drive

  • San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
  • Discover the dark history of Alcatraz*
  • Drive the 'Big Sur' coastal road
  • Spanish colonial influenced Santa Barbara
  • Drive through LA's Malibu & Santa Monica
  • Sample local produce at The Original Farmers Market on 3rd & Fairfax
  • Immerse yourself in movie magic at Warner Bros Studios*

* Optional Extra - Please speak to one of our USA Travel Specialists to book.

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.

Day 1 to 3 (Arrival and overnight San Francisco)

The City by the Bay

Think San Fran, and the first thing to come to mind is probably an iconic image of the Golden Gate Bridge. Well, it is said to be one of the most photographed things in the world. Head down to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, and say hello to the community of sea lions that have made the pier their home. Lovers of seafood will be in heaven as you sample the delights of crab and shrimp cocktails from the famous street vendors. San Francisco is known as one of America’s best restaurant cities, so if you prefer a more traditional dining experience, there is sure to be something that takes your fancy.

Day 1 to 3 (Arrival and overnight San Francisco)

Alcatraz Island Tour From San Francisco Pier 33

Alcatraz Island Tour (Optional Extra)

Once home to some of Americas' most notorious criminals, no visit to San Francisco would be complete without a tour of Alcatraz Discover the murky history of 'The Rock' and explore the prison grounds and cell-houses that former inmates used to roam. No inmate ever knowingly managed to escaped Alcatraz, however you are free to leave whenever you like and Alcatraz Ferries are standing by to whisk you back to dry land.

It's recommended to pre-book your Alcatraz tour tickets before you travel. Due to popularity, tickets can often sell out up to 2 weeks in advance. Speak our USA sales specialists about booking your tickets.

Alcatraz Island Tour From San Francisco Pier 33

Day 4 & 5 (San Francisco to Monterey - 119 Mi)

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.

Distance approx: 119 Mi
Time to travel approx: 2 hour

Day 4 & 5 (San Francisco to Monterey - 119 Mi)

Day 6 (Monterey to Pismo Beach - 155 Mi)

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.

Distance approx: 155 Mi
Time to travel approx: 2.5 hour

Please Note: Although the road between Big Sur (north) and Ragged Point (south) along Highway 1 remains closed following adverse weather conditions which affected the area in early 2017, it is now confirmed that Highway 1 is scheduled to be fully open once again from late September 2018.

Day 6 (Monterey to Pismo Beach - 155 Mi)

Day 7 & 8 (Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara - 82 Mi)

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.

Distance approx: 82 Mi
Time to travel approx: 1.5 hour

Day 7 & 8 (Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara - 82 Mi)

Day 9 to 11 (Santa Barbara to Los Angeles - 95 Mi)

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. Once in LA,bask in the sun on Santa Monica Beach, 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.

Distance approx: 95 Mi
Time to travel approx: 1 hour 45 minutes

Day 9 to 11 (Santa Barbara to Los Angeles - 95 Mi)



All prices shown represent a from price per person based on low season travel unless otherwise stated.
Availability of tour components and flights seats change continually, affecting the final price. The lead-in price given is therefore for guidance only.
To obtain a tailored quote for you and your party, please call one of our travel experts today.

This fly drive itinerary runs all year round

from 2nd December 2023 - 16th December 2024

from £2,799pp


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