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Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

1. Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

Connect your smartphone to your vehicle's stereo and make your drive come alive on this self-guided driving tour along the Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Simply download your personal audio guide and tour to get started. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure as you pass through and learn about some of the cities and small towns nestled along the coast. Along the tour, you’ll pass Oceanside, Carlsbad, Long Beach, Dana Point, San Onofre, San Clemente, and more. Your audio guide will point out must-see sights, parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, recreation areas, and more. Explore the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, the Batiquitos Lagoon, and look for dolphins at Dana Point. Walk along some of the world’s most famous beaches. Other tour highlights include Las Flores Estancia, Crystal Cove State Park, Sunset Beach, Torrey Pines, and the San Elijo Lagoon. Feel free to visit as many sights and attractions as you want: you have complete freedom to take as much time as you like to complete the tour. As you drive, get a historical overview of the area, including its original inhabitants, the Tongva. Hear about Louis Zamperini, the RMS Queen Mary, the Rise of Long Beach, Huntington Beach Oil Fields, and Crystal Cove's 1930 era beach cottages. This tour works in either direction and you can stop anywhere while you discover this incredibly scenic and historic drive.

Temecula: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

2. Temecula: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a memorable day exploring California's famous wine culture in the beautiful Temecula Valley. Discover wineries of all sizes that serve up award winning wines, hospitality, wine knowledge, and stunning vineyard views. Depart your Temecula area hotel in the morning on a deluxe touring vehicle. Visit 4 fantastic wineries where you get to sample award-winning wines and enjoy the best that Temecula Wine Country has to offer. Relax as your guide liaisons with all four of the wineries, stow your purchases, and keeps you informed and entertained throughout the day. Sit down to an artisan-inspired lunch and dessert catered by an onsite deli and hosted in the barrel room. Explore the Temecula Valley Wine Country which offers more than 45 wineries on this flexible day trip which takes into account your preferences in wine and scenery, as well as any special events or offerings at the wineries. Get access to great discounts on wines through the tour. When booking, please select a food option from the list below and write in your selections in the notes during the booking process: • #1 Chicken Caesar Salad  • #2 Mediterranean Chicken Salad  • #3 Eggplant Caprese Sandwich • #4 Turkey Club Sandwich • #5 Classic Italian Sandwich • #6 Artisan Cheese & Deli Plate  • #7 Roast Beef Sandwich  • #8 Viva Chicken Wrap All lunches are served with a chewy Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie and bottled water. Spinach wraps are available as an alternative for ciabatta bread. Side house salads are served with Italian vinaigrette (on the side).

Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching With Underwater Viewing

3. Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching With Underwater Viewing

Enjoy a five-star, eco-friendly dolphin and whale watching experience with award-winning customer service. Dana Point is the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World®! This unforgettable cruise is fun and educational for all ages. Empty your bucket list and get up close and personal with whales year-round, including blue whales, fin whales, humpback whales, gray whales, and more, plus several kinds of dolphins that can number up to 10,000 strong, sea lions, sharks, pelagic birds, and so much more. You might encounter rare animals such as orcas (killer whales), sperm whales, pilot whales, and more! During live narration our expert marine naturalists or biologists will take you on a deeper dive into the lives of these gentle giants; what they do, where they go, and the threats, both natural and man-made, that they face. Relax and connect with nature on a one-of-a-kind catamaran sailboat with the world’s only Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. In the underwater pod, you will have the extraordinary experience of feeling what it's like to swim with dolphins and whales, underwater, without getting wet! On deck, three Eye-Spy Dolphin & Whale Tram Nets put wildlife inches below your feet. You'll have plenty of elbow room and comfortable seating on our uncrowded catamaran. At the conclusion of your dolphin and whale watching experience, we hope you'll enjoy not only a greater understanding of whales and other sea life but also one of our legendary Triple Fudge Brownies, served complimentary as a special treat.

Orange County: Coastal Beach and Highlights Tour by Van

4. Orange County: Coastal Beach and Highlights Tour by Van

Visit Orange County's striking coastline beach cities, beaches, and iconic landmarks on a van tour. Stop at multiple locations to enjoy some free time to stroll around, buy a snack, and simply relax. See coastal landmarks like Newport Beach and the Balboa Island Ferry crossing. Listen to your local guide narrate and identify coastal landmarks and locations as you drive from point to point along the tranquil coastline. See what this world-famous beach destination is all about. Take your time at multiple locations for photos, snack breaks, and some exploration without your guide to truly feel like a local. See iconic spots including Dana Point Harbor, Laguna Beach, Hiesler Park, Newport Beach, Balboa Island Ferry crossing, Huntington Beach Pier, and Main Street.

Dana Point Fast & Fun Zodiac-Style Dolphin & Whale Watching

5. Dana Point Fast & Fun Zodiac-Style Dolphin & Whale Watching

On this zippy Zodiac-style (rigid hull inflatable) boat cruise, you'll have a chance to get close enough to smell a whale's breath, be splashed by huge pods of dolphins, and hear the gulls and other birds vocalize! With speeds of up to 30 knots or faster, your Zodiac Safari will spend less time looking for animals and more time enjoying them! Enjoy an unforgettable, five-star whale watching and dolphin watching experience that is remarkably close to the ocean's surface in Dana Point, the Dolphin and Whale Whale of the World®. Dana Point is also the first Whale Heritage Site in the Americas as established by the World Cetacean Alliance, the world's largest marine conservation partnership, dedicated to the promotion of safe and sustainable whale watching. A Whale Heritage Site is an outstanding location where cetaceans (whales, dolphins, or porpoises) are embraced through the cultural, economic, social, and political lives of associated communities, and where people and cetaceans coexist authentically and respectfully. During your eco-friendly cruise, expert marine naturalists or biologists will take you on a deeper dive into the lives of Dana Point's whales including blue whales, fin whales, humpback whales, gray whales, minke whales, Bryde's whales, and more. You'll also learn about the numerous species of dolphins that inhabit these waters including bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, Risso's dolphins, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and occasionally, orcas, pilot whales, and false killer whales, all of whom are actually dolphins. Southern California has more dolphins per square mile than anywhere else on Earth! Your wildlife encounters don't stop with whales and dolphins though. We want to show you as much spectacular marine life as possible! On this fast and fun Zodiac-style whale watching adventure, you may also encounter sea lions and seals, sunfish, sharks, and other fish, dozens of pelagic bird species, sea turtles, and more. Our Zodiac-style (rigid hull inflatable) boats are not only very fast and extremely fun, but they're also very comfortable! Heavily padded seats and seat backs and a large sunshade provide a pleasant whale watching experience. And a low center of gravity provides a higher level of stability, a noteworthy feature for anyone concerned about seasickness. We hope you'll enjoy not only a greater understanding of whales, dolphins, and other sea life but also one of our legendary Triple Fudge Brownies, served complimentary as a special treat after your cruise. Although we locate whales or dolphins on over 95% of our cruises, there are rare occasions when we don’t see them. In the unlikely event of zero dolphins or whales, you may return for free on our Zodiac Safari within one year from the date of your trip.

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