California Central Coast Bike Tour – Overview

California Central Coast Bike Tour - bike route map

A slice of cycling heaven in the heart of California

Half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles lies the California Central Coast. Often called America's "riviera" for its great combination of mild weather and expansive countryside, the Central Coast draws tens of thousands of bicycling enthusiasts every year. From the Great Western Bike Rally to the Solvang Century to the professional cycling teams, there seems no limit to the variety of great cycling opportunities.

At the northern end of the region lies the laid back Wine Country town of Paso Robles. South from here, the land stretches broadly across miles of valley farms and rolling hills to the historic town of Santa Maria. Continuing south, quiet country roads wind through broad canyons to the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country, its vineyard covered foothills resting beneath a backdrop of tall mountains. This area is home to the wine country towns of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, and the Danish-inspired town of Solvang.

The roads, the scenery, the mild weather, the wine country, the inviting towns with quaint inns and restaurants: it’s no wonder that the California Central Coast region is such a popular cycling destination.

A Special Cycling Experience

In keeping with the Undiscovered Country spirit, we designed a cycling experience befitting this grand terrain. We strung together a back roads route that spans the whole region, from Paso Robles to Santa Ynez, in six days of continuous biking. We built in mile after mile of lightly traveled roads for those who love to ride a bike. And we located the inns and restaurants that are both unique and authentic. But we did leave out a few things: wine tasting junkets, cooking classes, museum walks, shopping sprees. We still cling to a romantic notion that these "cultural" activities would only distract from an amazingly great cycling experience.

Caution - Not for Everyone

If you like taking cultural bus tours with some bike riding thrown in, this is not the tour for you. But if you’re drawn to the idea of day after day of spectacular routes, great food, and charming inns, our California Central Coast Bike Tour may be just the kind of trip you have been looking for.


TripAdvisor Review 

San Francisco to Santa Barbara Bike Tour

Our group of 6, 3 couples enjoyed a private UDC tour. On our last evening over dinner we reflected on our 9 days riding and all agreed it was an outstanding experience; the weather was spot on, tour was well organized with great support from Daryl and Laura, people we met were friendly, hire bikes performed well, the coast was spectacular and we all enjoyed the great riding.

TripAdvisor May 2014



Days 6
Nights 5
San Jose
San Jose (start)
Santa Barbara (finish)
Price Per
from $2196
from $507

Scheduled Tour Dates

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Private Guided Tours

for 4 or more cyclists

Self-Guided Tours

for confident cyclists - no guides or group meals