05. The Beautiful Pacific Coast

Tour Overview

  • 3 Days / 2 Nights
  • 456 Miles / 734 Kilometers 
  • Season: All year

Experience the world’s most epic coastal route – the majestic Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles. See the diversity of the western coastline from its wild and rocky North to the vast sandy shores of the South. This tour cuts a serpentine course high above the crashing surf, along warm sunny beaches, churning whitecaps and braying sea lions.


Daily Details

Day 1: San Francisco to Monterey (119 Miles / 192 Kilometers)

Pacific Coast Highway, late in the afternoon

Departing from San Francisco you will ride along the rugged coastline and get a first taste of one of the best motorcycle routes in the world, Highway 1. Breathtaking views of the coves and inlets of the Pacific are yours en route to Monterey, which is famous for being featured in John Steinbeck’s novel “Cannery Row”. California’s undeveloped beauty will start to unfold right in front of you.

Day 2: Monterey to Pismo Beach (147 Miles / 237 Kilometers)

There are few things more satisfying than riding down Highway 1 with only the current moment on your mind

From Monterey you will continue south to Big Sur. This wild section of coastline along Highway 1 is the jewel in the crown of California’s coast. Dramatic cliffs fall into the Pacific Ocean and towering redwoods rise over coastal streams. Highway 1 was carved and blasted out of the western slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains over 100 years ago and, fortunately, this area has remained unspoiled. You ride past San Simeon, Cambria and Morro Bay until you get to Pismo Beach, where you will spend the night.

Day 3: Pismo Beach to Los Angeles (190 Miles / 306 Kilometers)

Santa Barbara

After continuing south you will hit Santa Barbara for lunch. The Mediterranean atmosphere, which hints at its Spanish origins, makes Santa Barbara feel more like a European beach town than an American city. From Santa Barbara you will ride through Oxnard straight into Malibu. From here it’s only a few more miles to Venice Beach, where you should stop for coffee on Abbot Kinney Blvd, named “The coolest block in America” by GQ Magazine.



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