Coasting Down Highway 1

Monterey Bay Whale Watching Trip

Prices from £215 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

LocationMonterey / Pismo, California

Suitable for families

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On this bite-size trip, you’ll visit Monterey for an unforgettable whale watching adventure for all the family. Watch the little ones' eyes light up as you spot these gentle giants from your boat, at one of the best locations in the whole of North America. From here, you’ll wind along the famous Pacific coast road, Highway 1, for breath-taking views and that iconic Californian sunset, ending in the quaint coastal town of Pismo Beach which claims to be the ‘Clam Capital of the World’.

What's included

  • Accommodation – based on a family sharing
  • Whale watching excursion in Monterey

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San Francisco to Monterey

Today, you’ll leave the big city behind and head out on the ocean road. It’s a couple of hours drive to the coastal town of Monterey, so take your time and explore the bays and parks on the way. Why not pick up some supplies and have a picnic overlooking one of the many spectacular views? You’ll arrive at your hotel mid-afternoon, set in a nature reserve on the beach, with time to explore the downtown historic quarter and more touristy Fisherman’s Wharf.

squirrel on fence by the sea

Whale Watching & Pismo Beach

No visit to this area is complete without venturing out onto the mighty Pacific and spotting these gentle giants. With blue and humpback whales in these waters for most of the year, it’s one of the best places in North America for the chance to see these incredible creatures. You’ll head out early, arriving back to shore about 3 hours later to continue your journey south. You’ll set off along the windy coastal road through mountains and forests, spotting sun-bathing sea lions as you go, arriving in quaint Pismo Beach in time to find one of its many seafood spots.

Whale spotting in Monterey

Departing Pismo Beach

This morning, you can explore the town a little more. Then it’s time to continue your family road trip, either south on Highway 1 towards the bright lights of LA, or inland to see the spectacle of Sequoia or Yosemite National Parks.

Monterey beach with ocean and sand

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