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.
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.
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.
My husband and I rented bikes and did a self guided trip on the Monterey Coast and Carmel Valley. We are not die hard bikes but we really enjoyed the trip. The rides were hard for us as we weren't in the best of shape (April is early for bike riding in the Midwest). We were able to follow the gps with no problems and did complete all four days of biking. We enjoyed the suggested restaurant stops. It was a little scary riding on Hwy. 1 on the way to Big Sur but the scenery was outstanding. The hotels were awesome, very different in style. It was a little tricky figuring out the pick up and drop off of the bikes but they were very accommodating. Experienced 2 flat tires and were able to change them with a little phone assistance, as I said we aren't die hard bikers. Would definitely recommend this tour!
TripAdvisor July 2014