Driving the California Coast: A Self-Guided Audio Tour from Carmel to Santa Cruz

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Carmel-By-The-Sea, US
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Experience the breathtaking beauty of the California coast on a self-guided audio tour from Carmel to Santa Cruz. As you drive along Highway 1, you'll be captivated by the stunning scenery, from the coastal views to the lush forests and charming towns. With the VoiceMap app, you can enjoy the tour on location or from the comfort of your own home. Visit picturesque spots like Fort Ord, Castroville, Moss Landing, Aptos, and Capitola, and have the option to explore three state parks along the way. The tour provides flexibility, allowing you to start, pause, or restart at any time and go at your own pace. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the magic of the California coast on this unforgettable self-guided audio tour.

About this experience

  • Non Refundable There is no return, refund or cancellation possible with this product
  • 2 hours - 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • & Audio GuidedSelf Guided Experience
  • Picturesque splendor of the California coast
  • Exploring charming coastal towns along the way
  • Opportunity to visit three state parks
  • Self-guided audio tour at your own pace
  • Ending at the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Voicemap app for android and ios
  • Lifetime access to this tour in english
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
  • Food/drink
  • Smartphone and headphones
  • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
  • Transportation

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Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of California's coast with the self-guided audio tour "Driving the California Coast: A Self-Guided Audio Tour from Carmel to Santa Cruz." This unique experience allows you to explore the scenic wonders of Highway 1, from the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea to the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

What to expect?

During this captivating audio tour, you can anticipate a journey filled with mesmerizing landscapes, hidden gems, and fascinating facts. As you drive along the picturesque route, you'll be captivated by the coastal views, lush forests, and picturesque agricultural fields. With a total duration of 120 to 180 minutes, you'll have ample time to savor every moment and create lasting memories.

Who is this for?

This self-guided audio tour is designed for anyone seeking an enriching and immersive travel experience. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple on a romantic getaway, or a family looking to create unforgettable memories, this tour caters to all. Discover the beauty of the California coast at your own pace, and embrace the freedom to pause, restart, or explore the tour's highlights as you wish.

Why book this?

Embarking on this self-guided audio tour unlocks a myriad of unique selling points and advantages. Firstly, the tour is conveniently accessible through the VoiceMap app, allowing you to enjoy it both on location or virtually from the comfort of your own home. Additionally, the opportunity to visit three state parks along the route adds a touch of adventure and exploration to your journey. Even if you're unable to visit some of the parks, the virtual option ensures you won't miss out on their significance.

Good to know

To enhance your experience, it's important to note that all fees for entrance, parking, and beaches are charged separately. Be sure to install the VoiceMap mobile app before arriving at the tour's starting point, Mission Ranch in Carmel-by-the-Sea. This self-guided audio tour allows for flexibility, allowing you to tailor your journey to your preferences and travel at your own pace.


Feedback from individuals who have embarked on this self-guided audio tour has been overwhelmingly positive. Travelers are delighted by the picturesque beauty of the California coastline and appreciate the immersive experience provided by the audio commentary. Many express their satisfaction with the flexibility offered by the self-guided tour, allowing them to pause or explore specific points of interest along the way. Overall, the tour is highly regarded for its ability to provide a memorable and captivating journey along the California coast.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Your Itinerary

Mission Ranch Restaurant

(Pass by)

This self-guided audio tour starts in front of Mission Ranch. You'll hear a bit about how VoiceMap works, what you can expect on the drive and a bit about Mission Ranch.

Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock

(Pass by)

The tour passes by a few of Carmel's Fairy Tale Houses.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park

(Pass by)

The tour includes an option stop at Fort Ord Dunes State Park.

Pezzini Farms

(Pass by)

The tour passes by, and includes an option stop at, Pezzini Farms.

Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

(Pass by)

The tour includes an option stop at the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park.

Capitola Historical Museum

(Pass by)

The tour passes by the Capitola History Museum.

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

(Pass by)

The tour passes by the Santa Cruz Mission State Park.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

(Pass by)

The tour ends in front of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.



3.5 (5)


Truly loved the audio auto tour. Make sure to go through the tour before you start driving it, a few of the geo tags are slightly out of place and you want to make sure to be in the right hand lane mostly for all the times you will pop off the freeway. Enjoy, We Did!


There was so much closures in our route. The routes needs to be refreshed and reviewed. The two stars was for the audio and when you hit the mark, it does speaks and narrates on point.


First, this is very well done for what it is. Overall, the VoiceMap tech largely works and the narration is well done for driving. There were a few "gotchas" like the tour guiding us through the Carmel Farmer's Market which we had to circumnavigate and the road it wanted us to go on to get to Fort Ord Dunes State Park was closed. We learned some interesting history about things like artichoke production in Castroville or the Hirahara Farmstead. That said, there was just a lot of history, and my adult daughter and I ended up bailing on the tour. We decided instead to just hang out in Capitola for the afternoon instead of finishing it. My wife and I had the opportunity to finish the tour after my daughter left the area, but after hearing about how the beginning of the tour went, my wife opted not to finish the tour with me either.


We started off in Carmel and it was a bit foggy. Carmel beach is very pretty and nice to walk on and admire the beachfront houses. The freeway past Monterey is very confusing but a diversion into Monterey is a must to see Canary Row and the aquarium although the aquarium is quite expensive. Parking is also expensive in the main car parks set behind Canary Row but we went about half a mile along the beach road towards Lovers Point and parked there free. On the walk back into town we saw harbour seals sunbathing on the beach. Continuing north we stopped for a coffee by a huge power plant at Moss Landing, you can’t miss the two giant chimneys which we later found out we could see from our hotel in Santa Cruz. In fact the coffee house is called The Power Plant and the coffee is good plus it’s an interesting shop. Would also recommend a short diversion to see Moss Landing where there is a sculpture museum. Our trip was enhanced by having a convertible Mustang and it was a nice drive taking about 4 hours to get to Santa Cruz.


Great audio tour if you like to learn new things! Makes your drive more interesting. Saw things like the World's Largest Artichoke and learned interesting history of things we would have otherwise missed. This is our second tour by Lynne and it was great. The VoiceMap app is amazing how it knows where you are with the GPS features and Lynne starts talking just at the right spot. Very helpful navigation cues. Highly recommended.
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2024-06-13 20:46