San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway
San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway
San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway
San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour; Photo: California Tourism
San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway
San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway
Cycling California Wine Country; Photo California tourism

US - San Francisco to Los Angeles Cycling Tour

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Join us for an amazing cycling challenge linking California’s most iconic cities. Highway 1 is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, leading to its designation as an All-American Road. Our challenging route traverses the movie-magic producing coast of the world, but these California ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Challenging: 4/5
  • Tour Type
    Guided Road Cycling Level 4
  • Availability
    May-October 2017
  • Duration
    7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Distance
    60+ miles per day; short options available

DAY 1 - SUNDAY: FLY FROM LONDON TO SAN FRANCISCO

Welcome to San Francisco, the cultural epicenter of America’s West Coast. Early immigrants from across the globe fused together to create a unique social environment in the booming port town. 1950s beat poets, social activists throughout the 60s and 70s, and technology moguls of today have contributed to an innovative and vibrant sea of humanity housed in a magnificent cityscape. Catch a peek of the glorious Golden Gate Bridge as you land – we’ll start our epic journey together near its southern end tomorrow. The city itself, though surrounded by an enormous multi-city metropolis, measures only 7 by 7 miles, keeping its most fascinating features in accessible walking distance. Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and Union square are must-see landmarks. Tonight, meet your guides and participate in an orientation about the next weeks adventures.
• Transfer from San Francisco Airport to hotel
• Trip orientation by guide staff
• Lodging: Hotel in San Francisco Marina area or San Bruno

Recommended: At least 1 night prior lodging on your own if you wish to explore more of San Francisco as this tour will not leave much time in this vibrant city! Ask us for lodging help for extra nights.  

Costanoa -KOA


Costanoa-Santa Cruz

Costanoa -KOA

Santa Cruz North/Costanoa KOA is an eco-adventure resort designed to encourage guests to explore the stunning beauty of the protected California coastline. This KOA creates many opportunities to retreat from the chaos of everyday life through hiking, mountain biking, music, art exhibits, kayaking, spa treatments and other activities. The campground strives to develop programs and methods to reinforce its uncompromising commitment to the environment. At this campground, the most visible landmark is Pigeon Point Lighthouse, just three miles north. This distinctive lighthouse has watched over the sheer cliffs and rocky shore since 1872. Its white tower has weathered shipwrecks, rumrunners, a fire, earthquakes, modern technology and even politics. We offer an array of activities from guided naturalist hikes, horseback riding, and kayaking to art exhibits, mountain biking, and Spa treatments. The Cascade Bar & Grille serves California coastal cuisine, including local California wines and seafood. Costanoa is committed to reducing the impact of our operation on the environment in which we live and work. We are constantly developing new programs and methods to reinforce our commitment to the environment and to social responsibility.

Closed Parking '; Pets Allowed '; Handicap Accessible '; Horseback Riding '; Internet Access '; Cable TV ';

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San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway

San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway

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DAY 2 - MONDAY: RIDE FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO COSTANOA

Today we bid farewell to San Francisco and begin our odyssey to the City of Angels. In just a few short miles, we’ll be traveling on Highway 1, the iconic route that stretches the length of the American Pacific coastline. Right away, we’re separated from the urban sprawl by the coastal mountains’ rolling foothills. Glimpse the fringes of great Redwood forests in the distance as the highway rolls and winds through laid back beach towns and solitary countryside. After a delicious lunch by the crashing surf, pedal onwards through low, grassy hills and local vegetable farms. We’ll start working up a healthy dinner appetite as we pass plots of artichokes, beans, and pumpkins, many of which terminate directly across the highway from the beach. Tonight, we enjoy the spoils of the Costanoa Lodge. Trails meander from our Lodge down to the beach for evening stargazing.
• Depart San Francisco on iconic Highway 1 for our first ride
• Pass beautiful surfing beaches and pastoral countryside
• Lodging: Costanoa Lodge
• Total Cycling: 60 Miles, +4239/ -4129 feet of elevation
 

Monterey – Veteran’s Memorial Park


Monterey CA

Monterey – Veteran’s Memorial Park

Veteran's Memorial Park is a popular and beautiful 50 acre park in the forested hills of Monterey. Located only a mile from Downtown Monterey, this park is an affordable and fun way to stay overnight in the Monterey Peninsula. Besides campgrounds, the park includes hiking trails under towering Monterey Pine forest and bay views. You will also find BBQ picnic areas, play equipment, turf and lawn playfield and a basketball court. The Park has 40 campsites, 30 of which can accommodate trailers. Hikers and bikers (non-motorized) are welcome. Each site has a table and a barbecue pit. Water can be obtained from faucets located in the camping area. Restrooms and showers are available.

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San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway

San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway

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DAY 3 - TUESDAY: RIDE COSTANOA TO MONTEREY

Wake up to the fresh salt breeze mingling with the delicious smell of morning coffee. After a enjoying a hearty breakfast, we’ll break down camp and depart on the second leg of our journey. The morning takes us over wooded hills and curves in and out of the artichoke fields, though we’re never too far from the sea. Around lunchtime, navigate the beachside roads of Santa Cruz, whose lovely, sandy beaches and campy tourist boardwalk beg for photos. Scuba divers can be spotted entering the ocean along the borders of the town, collecting data from some of the richest kelp bed ecosystems on the Pacific Coast. Our afternoon holds a low elevation profile as the landscape morphs into flat coastal plain, giving us a chance to stretch our legs and coast a bit. Tonight, we enjoy Monterey Bay and all the sights, smells, and sounds.
• Continue the journey through quiet countryside and agricultural lands
• Explore the city of Santa Cruz
• Lodging: Monterey Hotel
• Total Cycling: 63 Miles +3429/ -3492 feet of elevation
 

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park


Big Sur CA

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

This beautiful park features redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows - plus open meadows. Wildlife includes black-tail deer, gray squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as water ouzels and belted kingfishers. Hikers can enjoy the many scenic trails, including a self-guided nature trail. Some campsites are along the Big Sur River. Big Sur Lodge is located in the park .The lodge has 61 guest rooms, a conference center, cafe, and a grocery store. Meeting rooms have space for groups of 10 to 125. Other rooms are available for smaller meetings and workshops, some with fireplaces and kitchens. Hikers can enjoy 8 miles of hiking trails within the park and over 200 miles of trails in the Ventana Wilderness (USFS) which borders the park. Overlooks provide views of the Big Sur Valley and the Big Sur River Gorge. There is no coastal access from this park.

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San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway

San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway

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DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY: RIDE FROM MONTEREY TO BIG SUR

After leaving camp, we travel through Monterey via its scenic bike paths, passing the town waterfront and John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. Before rejoining Highway 1, pass through the elegant resort community bordering the celebrated Pebble Beach, home to some of the world’s most prestigious golf tournaments. Our road then turns away from civilization and re-enters a tranquil section of oceanside highway similar to the beautiful hill country we’ve seen on our northern rides. The afternoon, however, brings us to a lush landscape of arboreal slopes as we approach the southern stronghold of the Redwood Forests. Thousands of years old and upwards of 100 meters tall, these massive conifers tower over every other organism. Today’s ride leaves time to explore the trails among these colossal trees, making us feel as though we’re entering the most prehistoric of old growth timber.
• Ride through Monterey and past Pebble Beach
• Pedal among the Redwoods towards Big Sur
• Lodging: Big Sur Hotel
• Total Cycling: 51 Miles (extra time to visit Redwood Forest or the beach) +6274/ -5610 feet
 

Holiday Inn Express - Solvang Santa Ynez


Solvang CA

Holiday Inn Express - Solvang Santa Ynez

Come discover the preferred destination of travelers visiting the Santa Ynez Valley, the Holiday Inn Express Solvang. We are centrally located in the Danish Town of Solvang, walking distance to all of its major attractions. It is best known for its shopping, restaurants, chocolate factories and wine tasting rooms! Our hotel is centrally located within Santa Barbara County's Wine Valley. The Holiday Inn Express Solvang is within minutes to Vandenberg Air Force Base, renowned Wineries such as Firestone, Gainey, Buttonwood and Rusack.

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Restaurant ';

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San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour; Photo: California Tourism

San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour; Photo: California Tourism

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DAY 5 - THURSDAY: RIDE FROM BIG SUR TO CAMBRIA

Our misty woodland campsite is the perfect morning spot to wake before we pack up to leave the Redwoods of Big Sur. Today we pedal south, tall forests shrinking to chaparral, or scrub grassland, all around us. Highway 1 hugs the sides of steep headlands for much of today’s route, climbing to loftier heights and offering us soaring views over the ocean. Below us, the waters teem with life, giving us the rare chance to spot a huge California Sea Lion or the more elusive Sea Otter. After a ride of quad-burning ups and downs, we celebrate with a delicious meal and afternoon of fun at Cambria Beach Park. Later, we trade bicycles for van transport and put our feet up for a bit. Watch the hills fly by as we skip over the less scenic portion of the journey and treat ourselves to a hotel stay in Santa Ynez this evening.
• Continue along the Highway 1 to new vistas and a hard-earned beach party
• Transfer: 100 mile transfer from Cambria to Santa Ynez
• Lodging: Hotel in Santa Ynez
• Total Cycling: 70 Miles +8682/ -8887 feet of elevation
 

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San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway

San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway

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DAY 6 - FRIDAY: RIDE FROM SANTA YNEZ TO VENTURA

Southern California’s vineyard-laden grasslands take the place of the coastal mists we’ve become so accustomed to as we stretch our legs along the first few miles this morning. Traversing the arid, hilly region between Santa Ynez and the shoreline passes quickly, and the beaches welcome us back for the remainder of the ride. The warmer southern seas raise the air temperature just enough to give us visions of the palm trees and white sands we’ll be strolling through soon. Pedal through the idyllic seaside city of Santa Barbara, pausing to take in the views - and a tasty lunch! From here, we continue along the curving coast road, the verdant mountains rising above on to the east. Our camp tonight borders the estuary of the Santa Clara River, an excellent area to bird-watch for eagles, herons, and egrets.
• Pedal through inland wine country before descending back to the coast
• Explore the Santa Barbara coastline
• Lodging: McGrath Campground
• Total Cycling: 75 Miles +3588/ -3949 feet of elevation
 

McGrath State Beach Campground


Ventura CA

McGrath State Beach Campground

McGrath State Beach is one of the best bird-watching areas in California, with the lush riverbanks of the Santa Clara River and sand dunes along the shore. More than 200,000 species of birds can be found in the area. A nature trail leads to the Santa Clara Estuary Natural Preserve. Two miles of beach provide surfing and fishing opportunities, however, swimmers are urged to use caution because of strong currents and riptides. The park offers campsites by the beach.

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San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway

San Francisco to Los Angeles cycling tour including bicycling the coast highway

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DAY 7 - SATURDAY: RIDE FROM VENTURA TO SANTA MONICA/LA

Wake up to balmy southern sunshine and get ready for the final chapter in our saga! We navigate the Ventura city borders until we emerge on a mountainous section of shoreline riddled with shady oak canyons and babbling brooks. On our other side, the pounding waves reveal the occasional pod of dolphins as we travel towards even warmer seas. We pedal further into the star-studded town of Malibu – you may see your favorite celebrity sunning on one of the beaches! Almost as noteworthy are the stunning mansions perched along the hills as we travel through town. We’ll take advantage of the beautiful beaches (and interesting people-watching) for a last picnic on the surf line. Further on, Los Angeles grows tantalizingly closer on the horizon. Bends in the highway give ever closer views of the enormous Ferris wheel on Santa Monica pier, pinpointing the finale of our journey together. Finally, the Santa Monica hills give way to quintessential palm-lined streets, leading us at last to our celebratory destination. A well-earned party at the Pier brings our expedition to a fabulous close on the streets of L. A.
• Gorgeous ride down the coast to Santa Monica Pier for a celebration of your accomplishment!
• Lodging: Hotel in Santa Monica / Los Angeles
• Total Cycling: 55 Miles +2017/ -2022 feet of elevation
 

Cycling California Wine Country; Photo California tourism

Cycling California Wine Country; Photo California tourism

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DAY 8 - SUNDAY: DEPARTURE DAY

Enjoy a last breakfast together at our lodging before departing for the airport. Wave goodbye to Los Angeles’ bustling avenues and sizzling sand.
• Transfer from hotel to Los Angeles airport
• Lodging: N/A
• Total Cycling: None

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

 15-passenger Van ground Transportation (12-participants per van)
 Professional, knowledgeable, and safety certified trip leaders for the duration of your trip - Wilderness First Responder certified
 ALL Nights of Lodging in hotel (double occupancy) for hotel option OR
 Permits, ride permits
 Well supplied aid stations during rides (fully stocked with wide variety of snacks and drinks)
 Snacks, water and drinks for vehicle transfers, picnic lunches on all ride days
 Breakfast daily
 Airport Transfers
 Local knowledge and advice on dining locations, as well as a vehicle shuttle if outside of walking distance
 Basic bike maintenance during trip
 Gratuities for all vendors (excluding Pure Adventures trip leader)

Excluded:
- air travel and airport transfers
- pre and post trip lodging
- dinners
- tips for guides
- alcohol
- bike rentals
- bikes and sleeping bags - available with choices for supplements

Lodging

LODGING - Subject to change based on availability on dates requested. Note, you may request upgraded or budget accomodations; this category can change your trip price in an important way.

Day 1: San Francisco - Marina area or San Bruno
Day 2: Costanoa Lodge
Day 3: Monterrey Hotel
Day 4: Big Sur Hotel
Day 5: Santa Ynez Hotel
Day 6: McGrath Campground or nearby Hotel
Day 7: Santa Monica / LA hotel
 
San Francisco-Los Angeles Cycling Tour (based on double occupancy)
 
Budget Lodges
Superior Lodges
Based on 6 participantsCustom rates $/person Custom rates $/person
Single Supplement $TBD$TBD

* a 2nd guide is added at 9 persons, and a second van with trailer is added at 12 persons.
* Custom pricing is arranged for each group with minimum 6. We can manage groups up to 30 persons in one departure. Rates are per person based on double occupancy; the more participants the lower the rate per person.

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Epic coastal riding
- National parks and coastal campgrounds
- supported cycling over challenging routes
- Lodge based option available

Need to Know:
- Prices quoted are unique to each group where price is based on number of participants and choice of lodging. We can customize each group to add or take out services in order to meet budgets and service level preferences.
- sharing the road with cars; routes do not have bike lanes, but vehicle traffic should be expected on the common cycling routes

2018 Departures: Groups of 6 or more can request dates between May and October 31. Please contact us with questions about your group or departure date: Our Contact.
Level 4 - long version - The coastal riding on the long versions shown is over 60 miles per day on average with a lot of short up and down climbs accumulating an important amount of elevation gain most days. The riding mileage chosen dictates your degree of difficulty; the riding is challenging for regular cyclists over the week. We recommend road bikes for all participants.
Options

Ride options - longer/shorter on some days
 

Local Coordinator

This is a new version of this tour we have offered for the last 5 years; its longer and is lodge based for private groups of 6 or more. Our team forms the most experienced and knowledgeable cycling tour outfitter in the southwestern USA. Our rental fleet is the largest and highest quality and all of our guides are experienced WFR certified. We have 4+ mechanics on staff and carry the most respected brands. Come experience the west with the local experts!

Bike rental options for this tour:
Specialized Allez Elite with Tiagra - $225US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

Other road bike options:
Specialized Roubaix Sport with Shimano 105 - $285US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

Trek Emonda SL6 with Ultegra - $390US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

Specialized Tarmac SL4 w Pro Disk Ultegra Di2 - $585US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

When you rent: Upon meeting your guide at the start of the trip your bike will be ready to ride including a spare tube, CO2 cartridge, CO2 inflator, tire lever, and multi-tool. You will only be responsible for bringing your pedals, shoes, and any other personal cycling equipment (GPS computer, saddle, etc.). Helmets are required on our trips, and you are welcome to bring your own, however, we can provide one for you upon request if needed.
You may also send us your stack and reach measurements for the bike to be set up by our professional mechanics. Stack and reach? Huh? No need to worry! If you do not know your measurements we’ll spend some time before our first ride getting your bike dialed in to ensure it’s comfortable and properly fitted to you.
Would you like to bring your own bike? You are welcome to do so; and if you wanted to ship it ahead of time or need help building up your bike, we do offer a service to assist you with you own bike and we do have some policies around what we can accommodate. For example, we do not permit tandem bicycles, recumbents, aero bars, TT/triathlon bikes, or unicycles on our trips. To see our complete policy and shipping/travel tipsBike Guide to Bringing your Own bike or you can also Contact us by email.

Navigation: Throughout your cycling trip there may be periods of time where you or a small group will be short distances from other guests or guides. To ensure you follow the correct route, we will provide a mobile app that can be downloaded onto your smartphone with the routes pre-loaded for you to follow. Your guide will also have hard copies of maps and cue sheets to pass out if needed. We do not provide any GPS devices or mounting hardware. If you would like to mount your phone to your bike we recommend checking out the Quad Lock mounting system, or you can keep it in your jersey pocket.  

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