Monterey and Carmel 17-Mile Drive from San Francisco
San Francisco, California, USA
- South from San Francisco: Enjoy a relaxing motorcoach ride past rugged cliffs overlooking the Pacific to famed 17-Mile Drive near Pebble Beach.
- Monterey: Visit the shops, art galleries, and museums of this charming oceanside city and see the Cannery Row of the famous John Steinbeck novel.
- Carmel-by-the-Sea: Explore the longtime Bohemian stronghold where artists, writers, and musicians gather to feed their collective muse. And eat at great restaurants.
About this San Francisco, California tour
"A poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream."
This is how the seminal American writer John Steinbeck described Cannery Row during the Depression, a rough time for a neighborhood that has seen its fortunes rise and fall multiple times. Years before Steinbeck's grim description, this part of Monterey had been a vibrant industrial hotbed that was producing 1.4 million cans of sardines a year by the time World War I ended in 1918.
The Cannery Row roller coaster ride would continue through the middle of the 20th century. After the concrete wasteland that Steinbeck described, the area returned to industrial prominence with the outbreak of World War II, hitting a crescendo in the early 1940s as Monterey became known as the "sardine capital of the world."
But the combination of the war's end and the waterfront sardine reserves drying up sentenced Cannery Row to many years of hardship throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
Eventually, Monterey and its neighboring town of Carmel-by-the-Sea were revitalized into the bustling attractions that they are now, in part thanks to the many artists who flocked to the area to seek inspiration from its ocean cliffs and beautiful water.
As you cruise down the famous Highway 1, it's easy to see why talents as diverse as Steinbeck, Salvador Dali, and Jimi Hendrix drew inspiration here. It's fitting that miles away, some of the brightest minds in the technology world are applying this inspiration to the next big thing in Silicon Valley.
Trace the steps of Steinbeck's characters in Monterey as you visit some of the city's fascinating shops, restaurants and art galleries. Explore Carmel's quaint downtown district, including the beautiful Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, built nearly two and a half centuries ago in the elegant Spanish colonial style.
Whatever you choose to do when you get there, you'll want to spend some time gazing out on the picturesque cliffs and rugged rocks below.
Steinbeck is also on record saying that people are lucky to be born in the Central Coast's Salinas Valley. Spend some time here and you'll understand why.
Who's on first
At the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend were arguing about who would perform first, since both were known for violently smashing their guitars to end their sets. A coin toss decided that the Who would go first. Hendrix decided to one-up his rival by dousing his prized black Stratocaster in lighter fluid and setting it on fire. But just before his last song, he swapped it for a cheaper replica.
Main departure -Union Square/Downtown San Francisco-478 Post St. (between Mason & Powell St) across the street from the Westin St. Francis Hotel. OR shuttle from Fisherman's Wharf location 30 minutes earlier -2800 Leavenworth in the Anchorage Square building at the Corner of Leavenworth & Jefferson St.
You have the option to include a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (price not included). This tour does not operate on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and you must be able to get on and off the bus without assistance or with the aid of a traveling companion. This tour is not fully wheelchair accessible.
Bus Tour, Full Day
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 4 years of age and younger participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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