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BIG SUR,
HIGHWAY 1, CALIFORNIA

Narrated Driving Tour Apps

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Just Like Having A Tour Guide In Your Car™

GyPSy Guide provides a professional tour guide commentary along scenic drives.  Our tours highlight the very best of the region with entertaining stories about history, geology, legends and local advice, so all you have to do is drive, listen and soak in the scenery.

Plays automatically

Stories, local tips and directions as you drive, so you don’t miss a thing.

Great Value

All the benefits of a guided tour, the freedom to drive yourself.

Works Offline

Download over wifi, tour offline.  No data, cellular or wifi required.

BIG SUR, HIGHWAY 1

Bixby BridgeMcWay FallsPoint LobosPfeiffer BeachPoint SurHearst CastleElephant SealsCalifornia Coast

Highlights

  • Drive around coastal scenery
  • See the epic Bixby Bridge
  • Trek down to coves and beaches
  • Spot seals, otters & whales
  • Opt to take in the opulence of Hearst Castle

About this Tour

  • Start from Carmel-by-the-Sea or San Luis Obispo
  •  170 Audio Points
  • Recommend you allow 1+ Days

BIG SUR ROUTE MAP

What to Expect

Welcome to Big Sur.  This roughly 130 mile stretch of California’s coast, which can be enjoyed over 1-2 days, is designated as an America’s National Scenic Byway and and you are going to love it.

Known for stunningly beautiful coastal scenery, its’ road engineering marvels, as a retreat for artists, Hollywood stars and moguls, fantastic opportunities to spot marine animals and some great food & drinks along the way.

On the tour we’ll point out our ‘7 Not To Be Missed’ places of Interest.  Bixby Bridge, the Giant Redwoods at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pfeiffer Beach, Napenthe, McWay Falls, Elephant Seal Vista Point and Hearst Castle.

But our journey isn’t a checklist, so we’ll also recommend many other suggested stops and share stories along the route. Then you can decide what you want to prioritize and the pace to set.

What You’ll See

Bixby Bridge

McWay Falls

Giant Redwoods

Elephant Seal Vista

Pfeiffer Beach

Hearst Castle*

Napenthe

Sand Dollar Beach

Prepare for the Tour

Know Before You Go

  • Gas up before you go, services are limited along the route.
  • Take cash, there is a fee for parking at most of the state parks that we will visit and many don’t have credit card facilities.
  • Pack a sweatshirt or windproof layer, as the weather can fluctuate, even in summer.
  • And take some hiking shoes, we’ll see if we can tempt you to do any of the hikes along the way.
  • Pre book your tours along the route, especially at Hearst Castle on holidays and weekends.  Count on around 2 hours minimum there to enjoy a good experience that’s not too rushed, or you can wing it and simply sign up for the next available slot when we arrive.
  • Using location services drains battery faster, so take a DC (cigarette) style car charger.  We don’t recommend using a USB cable.
  • You’ll want to get started early, or check the road conditions and if there’s fog, you can wait for it to burn off over breakfast.

Where the Tour Starts

Join the tour from Carmel-by-the-Sea Southbound on Highway 1, at the junction of Rio Rd.  Or from San Luis Obispo heading North on Highway 1.  The commentary will automatically trigger at the next audio point.

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Enjoyed by travelers who prefer to set their own pace and itinerary on vacation, but enjoy a fun, informative and educational guided experience.

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