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Big Sur Self-Driving Audio Tour in California (Highway 1, Pacific Coast Highway)

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Monterey, United States
Big Sur Self-Driving Audio Tour in California (Highway 1, Pacific Coast Highway)

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icon2 to 3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore so many wonderful spots in Big Sur with this self-drive audio tour that goes down the Pacific Coast Highway, California’s Highway 1. Just download the app, then get the map and password, and your route is all there, marked for you. You get to keep this information forever- it does not expire. You can go at your own pace, and choose where you want to stop and spend a little extra time.
  • Drive easy with your route to Big Sur already planned out
  • Make stops in places like Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, and many more
  • You can keep this map forever, it doesn’t expire
  • The route can take 2-3 hours, but you can vary that as you like
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1299 Del Monte Blvd , 1299 Del Monte Blvd, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

After booking the tour, please make sure that you have downloaded the app and the tour in advance. For the best experience, we advise doing this while you have a strong internet connection.

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
6/4/2020 - 8/24/2023
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Pismo Beach , Pismo Beach, CA, USA
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!
  • Most travelers can participate
  • After booking the tour, please make sure that you have downloaded the app and the tour in advance. For the best experience, we advise doing this while you have a strong internet connection.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY 17 Mile Day Trips
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Big Sur Self-Driving Audio Tour in California (Highway 1, Pacific Coast Highway)?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Big Sur Self-Driving Audio Tour in California (Highway 1, Pacific Coast Highway).

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  • "We were able to drive at our own pace, rewind if we needed to and stop when/where we wanted to." See review

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star-5
Informative narration...
Roy_K
, Jul 2022
Informative narration that led us through Big Sur. The best part was that the various narrative segments would automatically begin once you reach that particular site.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Wonderful! Thanks so much Roy! I also have self-guided tours for other parks as well as scenic drives, cities, and historic sites — hopefully you’ll get the chance to try them next time!
star-1
Disappointed
Nancy_L
, May 2022
Couldn’t get the app to start in Carmel. Needed to go backwards to Monterey to start??!! Terrible experience.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
The starting point in Monterey is only a few minutes from Carmel, and we do mention it in several places so that it’s not a surprise. While you could technically start anywhere, we’ve found people run into a lot of questions when they haven’t started from the recommended spot.
star-4
Great audio tour
Kendra_P
, May 2022
This was a great way to see the coast and learn about the area along the way! There were fairly big areas with few audio clips and I think they could add in even more info for curious minds. I would have liked to know more details about the back stories on some of the things they mentioned. Also, it is unnecessary to repeat the same phrase about following the map after every single clip and it got very annoying.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much Kendra! I’m thrilled you enjoyed exploring Big Sur with my tour. I’m in the process of continually adding more stories and updated insights — and I’ll trim some of those repeated phrases where appropriate. Please feel free to check out my other self-guided tours on your future travels!
star-5
Simple to use your guide in your car - download before trip.
Rosalind_L
, Apr 2022
We loved the review! But download it before you start the tour as most of the route has no reception on phone and no wifi/ data between Carmel and SLO. We listened to it after our drive and it took about 1 hour.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the stories, and I’m thrilled that you had a great Big Sur experience. Excellent reminder to download ahead of time. Please check out my other tours across the country for your future travels. Thanks again!
star-5
Unforgettable drive down Big Sur
John_B
, Mar 2022
Great weather, very little traffic and interesting and informative commentary. It all made for a perfect drive down Big Sur. I would recommend north to south due to being on the side of the road for best views and easier stops. Would also recommend a weekday..
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks so much John!! I’m thrilled you enjoyed our Big Sur tour experience and I hope you get the chance to check out our other tours wherever your next adventure takes you!
star-4
A good tour option that will be great to have with improved tech, for cities
Subhasish_G
, Nov 2021
This tour option made our drive on Coastal Highway memorable with a guide that was available only when we needed it. The tech is scratchy for but the idea is absolutely great! Hope this service is available for city tours, of course the tech needs a lot of improvement.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thanks, Subhas! I’m glad you enjoyed the tour! We are constantly working on improving the app’s functionality and interface and would love to hear your detailed feedback to make sure it gets incorporated. Please contact us at ActionTourGuide.com (where you can also find our other tours across the country). Thanks again!
star-5
The beautiful northern...
Darice_J
, Sep 2021
The beautiful northern California coastline. Our day was overcast and misty but still enjoyable. We learned many new things.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Wonderful! Big Sur is gorgeous (in nearly any kind of weather) and I’m thrilled that this tour was able to add to that experience. We have more tours at ActionTourGuide.com for your future travels. Thank you so much!
star-2
Disappointed
SHERRI_N
, Sep 2021
Tips were not very helpful, vague and often started to late so you couldn’t actually stop in time. Not very well put together and nothing useful
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We appreciate your feedback! Would you mind sharing which points you felt were too vague or started too late? We’re always workshopping our tours to give listeners the best possible experience, so we’d love to hear your thoughts!
star-4
Glad we used this audio tour to find awesome spots along PCH where I would never have known where to actually stop.
Isabel_M
, May 2021
This was a great self-driving tour. We were able to drive at our own pace, rewind if we needed to and stop when/where we wanted to. The only bad thing (not really bad per say) is that the first few stops in Carmel were very confusing and didn’t get to see much there but I just kept driving along the route and eventually caught on. People need to understand that the audio will start automatically as you are coming up on the location. I made the mistake of pressing playlet or fast forward when I didn’t need to. I just recommended this to my boss who will be headed up Big Sur from San Diego in June. Too bad there aren’t any tours in Texas besides Houston.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Awesome, we’re so thrilled you enjoyed the tour! We will definitely add more directions around Carmel in our next update. And great tips on how best to use our app! We’re also excited to learn that there’s interest in Texas tours beyond Houston!! We’d LOVE to hear from you. Can you contact us via our website with your ideas?
star-1
Didn’t work
Carolyn_H
, Jul 2020
Website Crashed Didn’t work, not able to use on the road to Big Sir at all. Very disappointed. I was really looking forward to this app. Had trouble with it from the beginning and it couldn’t keep up or stay on track with the drive.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Sorry for the inconvenience. I am not sure what went wrong here. Which website is being referred here? Because of the limited cellular connectivity on Big Sur, we recommend users to download the tour in advance. Please connect. Please connect with us and we will initiate a refund. Thanks.

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