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California Big Sur PCH Route-1 (Pismo Beach to Monterey) GPS Self Guided Drive

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Overview
Welcome to Big Sur! This stunning drive in California is the most scenic stretch of the famous Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) road trip. Get ready to turn your phone into your personal tour guide. Our GPS-enabled app offers a fully-guided experience - just like a local giving you a personalized, fully-guided tour. Start at Morro Bay/Pismo Beach/San Louis Obispo and end at Monterey/Carmel. You'll see Carmel cottages, famous Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls, and the amazing Elephant Seal Vista Point. ---- After you book the tour, we will email you the APP and the TOUR PASSWORD. ---- FULLY-AUTOMATIC & OFFLINE: Each point of interest along the tour has a narrated story, narrated directions, and helpful images. As you walk along the path and approach a pin, it’s story will automatically pop up and start playing. ---- PRE-TRAVEL PREPARATION We recommend that you download the app & the tour while you have a good internet connection.
Itinerary
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You'll start at
Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach, CA, USA
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    Morro Rock
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  • 2
    Cayucos Pier
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  • 3
    Nitt Witt Ridge
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  • 4
    Moonstone Beach
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  • 5
    Hearst Castle
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  • 6
    Piedras Blancas Light Station
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  • 7
    Ragged Point
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  • 8
    Jade Cove
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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  • 9
    Limekiln State Park
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  • 10
    Big Creek Cove Vista Point
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
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    Pass by Big Creek Bridge
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You'll end at
1299 Del Monte Blvd
1299 Del Monte Blvd, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
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Important Information
Departure Point
Pismo Beach, CA, USA
Duration
5–6 hours
Return Details
1299 Del Monte Blvd, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
Inclusions
  • Live GPS map, Professional audio, Written text, and helpful images.
  • App for iPhone and Android along with the password.
  • Password will be sent via email and/or SMS. Please check the email from Tripadvisor after booking.
  • You should receive the password within 30 minutes. Contact us if you don’t.
Exclusions
  • Food, drinks, transport, parking, tickets to paid attractions.
  • Entry/Admission - Big Creek Cove Vista Point
  • Entry/Admission - Partington Cove
  • Entry/Admission - Grimes Point Scenic Overlook
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
8Reviews
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Matt wrote a review 2 Mar
SOUTH ORANGE, United States11 contributions3 helpful votes
Downloaded this just before our trip. Works very well. Uses your GPS location to trigger each segment---gives you the details just before you come up on the featured area so you can be ready to view when it approaches. Also made some very good recommendations about hikes, pit
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Katie B wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions
my friends and I wanted to have a girls day but we weren’t sure what to do! That’s when we found this self guided tour. It was way better than we imagined. It was sunny and the weather was beautiful. None of us had ever taken Highway 1 before so it was nice to know what sights
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from actiontour, Owner at California Big Sur PCH Route-1 (Pismo Beach to Monterey) GPS Self Guided Drive
Responded 19 Jan 2020
Thanks a lot for the review. Thanks for the info on the shipwreck. We will try and add more interesting stories on it.
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josie798934 wrote a review Dec 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution
We would have missed a lot had we not had this audio. Informative and well worth the price. We were glad to know when we were approaching the various sights.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from actiontour, Owner at California Big Sur PCH Route-1 (Pismo Beach to Monterey) GPS Self Guided Drive
Responded 29 Dec 2019
Thanks a lot for the review. Do check out our 17-Mile-Drive tour in Monterey.
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Evie P wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution
We really hoped this audio tour would work. In fact we spent over half an hour on the phone with them trying to get it to work. The audio wouldn't play on my LG Android phone, and the route wouldn't show up as we travelled. We reinstalled the app a couple of times with them,
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from manoj G, Owner at California Big Sur PCH Route-1 (Pismo Beach to Monterey) GPS Self Guided Drive
Responded 11 Nov 2019
Thanks for letting us know. We found the record of your call and it seems that you were able to get the app working on the second phone and use it to take the tour. I hope that it worked well. Our notes also indicate that the first phone was a somewhat rare model and one of our features didn’t work on it. We’re always working towards supporting all models but with so many varieties, some manage to slip through the cracks. Now that we know about this one, we’re working to address the issue quickly. Thanks!
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Jeff B wrote a review Nov 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia2 contributions
Audio only came on once or twice and couldn't get it to work even manually. Wouldn't recommend it. May be cheap but no good if it doesn't work.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from manoj G, Owner at California Big Sur PCH Route-1 (Pismo Beach to Monterey) GPS Self Guided Drive
Responded 23 Feb 2020
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We haven’t been able to reproduce this issue in our testing, so it might be something related to your specific phone or situation. We’d love to fix it ASAP though. Could you tell us your device model? You can contact us at actiontours.booking@gmail.com. We would really love to hear from you because we want to ensure that this doesn’t happen to anyone again!
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By: Self Guided Tours of California
Lainey2012
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road trip North
with decent internet connection this app downloads fairly swiftly. I found it fairly straightforward to use and so
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180suzyg
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Audio tour
Nice enhancement to a magical drive. The narrative and description of the scenery was accurate as we moved along th
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Sherpa283940
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ME TIME
I had a great great time. I wish I had enough time to really explore more.! #BigSur#Actionguideyour.
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sterpo65
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simple and convenient
great little app. gives you lots of information about many points along the journey that you would otherwise miss.
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sandrasY625CF
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A bit of trouble staying connected
The information was good and when we were connected it was enjoyable. However we kept dropping off with each stop
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dianesD2365CB
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Information at my fingertips!
We liked being able to hear about what we were about to be driving past. Made the stops more fun for our group.
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Cindy B
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17 mile drive along coast from Monterey Bay to Carmel by the Sea
It was informative but problems with the map itself was frustrating. Sometimes missed a turn because the map was no
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yogiacomo
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Definitely worth a visit
They have made it much easier now with the flyers and a special colored center line keeping you going. Outstanding
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N7892HOroberts
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Forget it
Too hard. Too long to get a password and to get the app to start. A road closure inside Pebble Beach caused deto
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loist733
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It was Only $5.50
So, it was only $5.50 - so I thought I might as well take a chance . No big loss on the fact it was rather useless
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vivek181203
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Engaging but can be better
Some of the improvements that can be made: - A navigable map with directions instead of prodiving a static visual m
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B2191XMpeterk
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Scenic 17 mile self drive tour
Very nice to do the tour this way. On our own speed, with nice facts about the scenery and buildings.
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LillianD674
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Great info
Lots of helpful information. The GPS didn’t always keep up with our actual location but may have been our mobile se
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Earthtolindsey
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Great Idea
This GPS tour was great. During our trip we would look forward to the next talking point between stops and it reall
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Jgold8425
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Worth it
We enjoyed exploring at our own pace, faster when we weren't interested, longer when we were. The historical insi
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