The drive along the coast of California is one of the most famous in the world. Well-known for its ocean-side splendor, breathtaking cliff views, and rolling scenery, Highway 1 is a road that should not be missed by visitors to California. Gray Line’s Monterey to Carmel 17-Mile Drive Tour features one spectacular view after another, including Santa Cruz—the home of surfing in the continental United States! This tour lasts 11 hours, departing at 9:15 AM. The company offers complimentary hotel pick-up and return shuttle service from most hotels in the area (call 24 hours before departure to arrange details).
Gray Line’s Monterey to Carmel Drive brings passengers on an educational, scenic and comfortable ride that hits the hot spots of this part of Highway 1. Here is a preview of the sights you’ll see on your coastal drive with Gray Line:
Santa Cruz: Known as the hometown of surfing in the continental US, this beachside city has a youthful, vibrant feel, and is known for its beautiful climate, educational institutions and residents who live alternative lifestyles. It also is the site of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a well-known area amusement park on the water.
Monterey: Often referred to as the most beautiful part of California, this city in Central California is noted for its artistic residents and fishing districts. It is also home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (not included in tour), and a Fisherman’s Wharf. The city features loads of coastal shopping and dining options.
Steinbeck’s Cannery Row: This once industrial street was featured in John Steinbeck’s classic Cannery Row, a book which documented the lives of the workers in and around the sardine fisheries in Monterey during the Great Depression.
Carmel: Officially known as Carmel-by-the-Sea, this small city in Monterey County is known for its beautiful scenery and artistically-inclined residents. The city sits on the Bay of Carmel, a marine protected area that is home to white sandy beaches and kelp forests and is a favorite with divers, snorkelers and kayakers.
The 17-Mile Drive Tour from Monterey to Carmel is a beautiful and relaxing way to spend a day with your loved ones. Skip the rental car, and let Gray Line of San Francisco take care of the details. Just sit back and watch some of the most stunning scenery on earth pass you by.