This six-day biking itinerary is perfect for any adventurous cyclist looking to experience California's Big Sur coastline. You will start in Monterey, cycle the 17-Mile Drive, and continue south along the Pacific Coast Highway before turning inland through wine country to Paso Robles.


  • Cycle famous 17-Mile Drive taking in panoramic vistas of the dramatic Pacific coast
  • Detour and visit National Historical Landmark, Hearst Castle
  • Challenge yourself with a bike ride on your rest day to beautiful Morro Bay
  • Ride through scenic wine country on your way to Paso Robles

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in San Jose; Transfer to Monterey; Cycle to Big Sur Big Sur
Day 2 Big Sur to Ragged Point  San Simeon
Day 3 Ragged Point to Cambria; Explore Hearst Castle Cambria
Day 4 Free Day Cambria
Day 5 Inland to Paso Robles Paso Robles
Day 6 Peachy Canyon Loop; Transfer to San Jose‍‍‍; Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in San Jose - Transfer to Monterey - Cycle to Big Sur

Bixby Creek Bridge
Bixby Creek Bridge

Meet your guides in San Jose and transfer to your starting location in Monterey. From there, cycle west along the coast following 17-Mile Drive through the beautiful Pebble Beach and then further south toward Carmel-by-the-Sea, before connecting with Highway 1 and carrying on down the Pacific coast. You'll pass over the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge before entering Big Sur State Park and to today's final destination, Glen Oaks

Enjoy a team dinner at a local restaurant offering a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean.

Cycling distance: 43 miles (69.2 km)

Day 2: Big Sur to Ragged Point 

Enjoy stunning views as you cycle the Pacific Coast Highway
Enjoy stunning views as you cycle the Pacific Coast Highway

Though today's route is demanding as you work your way into the heart of Big Sur, you'll be rewarded with sweeping views at every twist in the tarmac.

Lunch on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean before challenging yourself with the optional ride to the summit of Nacimiento Ferguson Road. Reach your accommodation for the evening at Ragged Point and et the sounds of the crashing waves far below your hotel room lull you to sleep.

Cycling distance: 48-58 miles (77.2 - 93.3 km)

Day 3: Ragged Point to Cambria - Explore Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle
Hearst Castle

Today's route allows you to rest your legs: the course is shorter and mostly flat. As you work your way to Cambria, stop along the way at California's Historical Landmark, Hearst Castle, and learn about the newspaper magnate as you explore his opulent home.

Upon arrival in Cambria, spend some time settling in relaxing, before stretching your legs for a walk into town.

Cycling distance: 24 miles (38.6 km)

Day 4: Free Day 

Morro Bay, California
Late afternoon at Morro Bay

Today is yours to spend as you like. You may wish to rest and explore the area around Cambria, shopping, relaxing on Moonstone Beach or in a local spa. Or, if you're game for more riding, you may wish to either take the day to cycle along the coast to Morro Bay and back or get your heart pumping with a climb up to Old Creek Road before making a technical descent back to the hotel. 

Cycling distance: up to 52 miles (83.7 km)

Day 5: Inland to Paso Robles

Cycle scenic country routes to Paso Robles
Cycle scenic country routes to Paso Robles

Today you will work your way inland through wine country to Paso Robles. Enjoy cycling through scenic landscapes before attempting one of the steepest grades in the whole of California. Rest weary muscles and reward yourself with a wine tasting and continue on your way descending past endless rows of vines as you make your way to the town square. 

Spend time exploring Paso Robles' downtown core before meeting your group for your final dinner.

Cycling distance: 40-50 miles (64.4-80.5 km)

Day 6: Peachy Canyon Loop - Transfer to San Jose‍‍‍ - Depart

Oak tree in Paso Robles wine country, California
Oaktree in Paso Robles wine country

Cap off your cycling tour with one of the prettiest cycling routes: Peach Canyon. You will enjoy following its winding roads through vineyards and walnut groves, before cycling back to Paso Robles.

You will have time to pack and clean up before meeting your transfer back to San Jose in time for your return flight home.

Cycling distance: 32 miles (51.5 km)


Map of Big Sur Bike Tour - 6 Days
Map of Big Sur Bike Tour - 6 Days