Real California Coastal Road Trip

United States
While Los Angeles and San Francisco each have their fair share of landmarks, the road that links that two has its own sights and sounds worth exploring. Roadtrip along California’s Pacific Coast Highway on this four-day adventure, starting in the City of Angels before heading north to take in the natural splendour of Big Sur. You’ll feel plucked from a car commercial as you cruise scenic mile after scenic mile, soaring redwoods to one side and endless ocean to the other, with campsites waiting each night. Sometimes it's not the destination that counts, it’s the journey!


From 23/05/2024 to 28/09/2025

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • May Thu 23 2024 to May Sun 26 2024
  • Jun Tue 25 2024 to Jun Fri 28 2024
  • Jul Fri 12 2024 to Jul Mon 15 2024
  • Aug Fri 16 2024 to Aug Mon 19 2024
  • Aug Fri 23 2024 to Aug Mon 26 2024
  • Sep Fri 13 2024 to Sep Mon 16 2024

What's included

Behold the beauty of Big Sur as you drive along California’s northern coastline, stopping to see the magical McWay Falls located on a beach that’s closed to public access.
Ride Ferris wheels, rollercoasters and other fairground delights during stops at Santa Monica Pier and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.
Rub shoulders with Hollywood royalty – or at least their lookalikes – as you begin your journey in the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, visiting the vibrant Venice Beach.
Sleep under the stars in Monterey and along California’s Central Coast, getting up close to Mother Nature as you join in on the communal camping experience.
Join in on the optional food kitty with your fellow travellers and enjoy camp cooking and picnic lunches while keeping costs down.
By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, the Grand Canyon Conservancy.
Donations help them protect Grand Canyon National Park and support trail restoration, conservation of native plants and wildlife, and educational programs.
Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.
Hostel (multishare) (1 night),Camping (with facilities) (2 nights).
Private vehicle.
Age: min 18, max 29.
Group Size: 1 - 12.
Visit Santa Monica Pier.
California Coastal Highway 1.
Los Angeles - Venice Beach.
Big Sur - Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
San Francisco - Leader-led city tour.
Half Moon Bay.
Santa Cruz Boardwalk.


  • 1 - Los Angeles Welcome to Los Angeles! The City of Angels needs no introduction and will play host to the start of your coastal Californian experience. Your adventure will begin with an important welcome meeting at 6 pm, but if you arrive earlier there's no shortage of sights to keep you occupied. Stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, experience the food markets of Downtown LA or head to one of the many theme parks in the area - the choice is yours!
  • 2 - Central Coast Head to Venice Beach this morning for your first taste of the sea breeze. Home to the iconic Muscle Beach gym - and known for the many walks of life that grace the boardwalk - you'll be free to explore this free-spirited slice of LA for yourself. Whether you stop by the Venice Beach skatepark, ride the Ferris wheel at Santa Monica Pier or try out a local eatery, there's plenty on offer! Then, swap spaghetti junctions for seaside views as you drive north, stopping at coastal viewpoints to stretch your legs and snap some pictures. Pismo Beach will provide a picturesque final pit stop before you set up camp for the night.
  • 3 - Monterey Area Continuing north along the Pacific Coast Highway, today you'll take in some of the finest natural scenery California has to offer. Big Sur doesn't do things by halves, with this famous stretch of coastline sandwiched between soaring redwoods and endless ocean. Taking it slow to soak in the views (and maybe spot an elephant seal or two), there'll also be a stop at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. An almost-flat hike will take you to a view of the magical McWay Falls - an 80-foot drop that flows directly into the Pacific during high tide. The seaside city of Monterey will then provide your camping ground for the night.
  • 4 - San Francisco Trading one all-American experience for another, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk awaits! Let your inner child run free on a variety of fairground rides or go the full nine yards and treat yourself to a funnel cake. Later, Half Moon Bay's coastal charm will provide a moment of respite after the morning's madness before you follow the road to your final stop at San Francisco. A guided tour of the vibrant city will help you get your bearings, and then it's time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers as your adventure comes to an end, and no accommodation is provided tonight. As there's a great deal to do in San Francisco, we recommend you stay a couple of extra days to make the most of the city. If you do wish to spend extra time in San Francisco, we'll be happy to help you book additional accommodation (subject to availability).
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