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San Francisco to Monterey Multisport Tour
San Francisco to Monterey Multisport Tour

It's always wise to see the forest for the trees. But these trees? Possibly unlike any you've seen before. Hiking beneath towering Pacific Coast redwoods is one of those experiences that makes an enormous impression. And that's just the beginning. Discover endless miles of windswept beaches and iconic Monterey Bay itself, deep as the Grand Canyon and brimming with primordial kelp forests. Even the local sea otters and pelicans seem to know they're thriving amid the "greatest meeting of land and water in the world." And as you take it all in. It's a wise choice.

Day 1 Walk among giants in a grove of coast redwoods, the world's tallest trees  Pedal through a lush canyon to the farming town of Pescadero, where Harley Farms Goat Dairy awaits to tempt you with freshly made artisanal cheeses  Spin to Pigeon Point Light Station, home to a 115-foot tall lighthouse that has been guiding mariners since the 1800s.

Day 2 Explore a beautifully undeveloped stretch of California coastline  Wildlife thrives here, so keep your eyes peeled - you may spot pelicans and sea lions just off shore  Taste pinot noir at one of the region's oldest wineries  Towering redwoods shade your descent to seaside Santa Cruz.

Days 3-4 Kayak through Elkhorn Slough to get eye-level with some of the resident seals, sea otters and pelicans At Wilder Ranch State Park, where the Spanish grazed their mission cattle in the 1700s, you’ll have many hikes to choose from Pedal into historic Monterey, following a bike path through oceanfront sand dunes.

Days 5-6 Views of rocky headlands, wind-battered cypresses and azure ocean are yours to enjoy on undulating 17-Mile Drive  Hansel and Gretel-style meets the unabashedly posh - you must be in Carmel-by-the-Sea!  Linger in Carmel's chic galleries, boutiques and tasting rooms, hike in a dense Monterey pine forest in the hills above town or stroll on the beach  Ever peered into a kelp forest or come face-to-face with an octopus? Now's your chance on a private VIP tour at the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium  With its ruggedly stunning landscape and lively chorus of barking sea lions, Point Lobos State Reserve is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Trip Highlights
  • Savor freshly made artisan cheeses at Harley Farms Goat Dairy
  • Sea otters, harbor seals and birds abound in the estuary at Elkhorn Slough
  • Witness an amazing world beneath the waves at Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Point Lobos State Reserve, one of California's most iconic and stunning landscapes
  • Settle in at view-tiful hotels perched right above the ocean
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Premiere Inns

Costanoa Lodge (1 night): A stylish yet comfortable "eco-adventure resort" set amid acres of pristine coastal hills and secluded beaches. (spa)

Dream Inn (2 nights): Savor views of Monterey Bay from your private balcony at this beachfront inn, just steps from the historic Santa Cruz boardwalk. (pool)

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa (2 nights): Enjoy luxurious amenities including a rooftop fireplace and hot tub with stunning views over the bay. (spa)

Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Biking 16 300 23 400
Walking/Hiking 2 200
2 Biking 11 900 21 1300
Walking/Hiking 3 300 6 750 9 750
3 Walking/Hiking 3* 100 6* 200 11 1100
4 Biking 12 500
Kayaking 2 hours
5 Biking 18* 800 27 2000
6 Walking/Hiking 3 300 5 400

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and pricing.

Guest Trip Reviews

Rugged windswept beaches, dense redwood forests and sinuous seaside roads. Vibrant San Francisco, laid-back Santa Cruz, historic Monterey and chic Carmel. We've linked together these splendid places to bring you some of most stunning scenery and epic hiking & biking in the Golden State. I hope you'll join us to explore this beautifully undeveloped stretch of California coastline!
Riley PearceĀ - Regional Manager, California