Cruising the coast on Highway 1

3-day Highway 1 Whale Watching Trip - USA

Prices from £270 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

LocationMonterey / Pismo, California

Suitable for families

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Visit Monterey for a special chance to spot blue and humpback whales. It’s one of the best places in the whole of North America to find these gentle giants and unforgettable experience. Continue along the coast on the windy road of Highway 1, featuring breath-taking views and stunning sunsets, before reaching the quaint coastal town of Pismo Beach. It claims to be the “Claim Capital of the World”, so make sure you test this theory and try out one of the many restaurants for their clam chowder.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Whale watching excursion in Monterey

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San Francisco to Monterey

Today you’ll hit the ocean road and head towards the coastal town of Monterery. As you leave the big city behind you’ll be greeted with bays and parks with spectacular views, so plan in plenty of time to explore these. It’s well worth packing some supplies and setting up a picnic at one of the many viewpoints. Your hotel for the night is set in a nature reserve that is right on the beach. You should arrive around mid-afternoon, leaving you with time to explore the downtown historic quarter or Fisherman’s Wharf.

Beach in Monterey beach, USA

Whale watching and Pismo Beach

It’s an early start today, as you take to the mighty Pacific Ocean in search for blue and humpback whales. The area is famous for spotting these gentle giants and they can be seen here throughout the year. It’s one of the best places in North America to see them and you’ll spend around three hours out on the water, before arriving back to shore and continuing your journey south. Cruising along the windy coastal road, you’ll travel through mountains and forests to arrive at Pismo Beach in time for the best clam chowder you will have ever had.

Whale spotting in Monterey

Depart Pismo Beach

After breakfast, take the time to explore this quaint little town and when you’re ready, continue your road trip either south on Highway 1 to Los Angeles, or venture inland to the national parks of Sequoia and Yosemite.

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