Explore the rugged California shoreline as we wind our way down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. With stops in Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, Big Sur, and Los Angeles, there's plenty to satisfy both the nature lover and city slicker!
Following hostel pickups in San Francisco, the Green Tortoise crawls south down the legendary Pacific Coast Highway. Hit the beach in Santa Cruz while surfers challenge the waves in Steamer Lane, or check out the Surfing Museum housed in the Mark Abbott Memorial lighthouse.
In Monterey, stroll along John Steinbeck's beloved Cannery Row, spend some time at Fisherman's Wharf, or pay a visit to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Afterwards, we'll head for our campsite under the Coastal Redwoods of Big Sur.
At San Simeon State Park, take an optional tour of Hearst Castle, hike through the surrounding wetlands, look for elephant seals, or just relax on the beach. Spot cliffside mansions in Malibu, and gear up for an exciting day of Los Angeles highlights.
Day 1: Santa Cruz / Monterey / Big Sur
Day 2: Hearst Castle / Pacific Beach / Wetlands Hike
Day 3: Los Angeles Sightseeing
Whether you're seeking the ultimate United States cross-country overland experience; interested in hiking and camping in Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Zion, and the nation's premier National Parks; hoping to uncover the mysteries of an ancient Central American civilization; or craving a bit of solitude by the sea in Baja, our North America destinations will inspire the intrepid and reflective alike. Our adventure bus tours are designed for fun-loving, independent backpackers who value cooperation. We invite all travelers, from the young to the young at heart, to contribute to the unique social dynamic that is created on every Green Tortoise trip. Discover for yourself why our adventure camping trips have been attracting socially conscious travelers since 1974 Full profile ⋅ Leave a Review
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