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Carmel-by-the-Sea Highlights: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Insider, Bob Hamilton, hosts you on a tour of his home town of Carmel by the Sea. The audio tour app plays automatically as you follow the route to the key attractions in this California coastal paradise. Explore hidden gems and insider stories at Murphy’s Carmel houses, Tor House, white sandy Carmel Beach, the Carmel Mission and more.

GPS-activated audio guide that plays on your phone
Lifetime access to this self-guided tour in English
Local insider narration and guest interviews
Visit the top attractions and hidden gems, including: the Comstock houses, Tor House, Carmel beach and the Carmel Mission Basilica
Easy pause and play to go at your own pace
Meals or beverages
Admission tickets

The village of Carmel by the Sea is full of art galleries, shops, and restaurants. Its must-see landscapes include the lone pine and one of the longest white-sand beaches in California. The writers, painters, poets, actors, producers and photographers who founded the village, left a legacy of beauty and freedom to reach for the stars.

As you experience all the best things to do in Carmel, you are in control behind the wheel of our own vehicle. The audio tour’s auto-play feature takes you behind scenes where you can get a feel for this special place.

Activated by your GPS location, you'll hear the stories of the outdoor Forest theater, historic hotels like the Pine Inn, Cypress Inn and La Playa hotel. You’ll see what many visitors miss like the famous Comstock Houses, the Murphy houses, Robinson Jeffers Tor House and even Frank Lloyd Wright's "Cabin on the Rocks." The homes are unlike anything you’ve ever seen, even the gardens and fences are artistic expressions.

Go at your own pace as you take in breathtaking views of the ocean, from Carmel Beach, around Carmel Point to the bird haven and River Beach. You’ll learn the fascinating story of how Clint Eastwood opened the famous Hogs Breath Inn, and saved the 150-year-old Mission Ranch.

The audio tour ends where Carmel’s story began - at Father Juniperra Serra's Carmel Mission. This is a fabulous way to visit Carmel by the Sea. Reviewers have raved about how the tour informed, entertained, and inspired them during their visit.

Tour Producer: Bob Hamilton


We will begin in the parking lot in front of Carmel Poke Company just inside the second entrance of the Crossroads Shopping Center, just outside Carmel by the Sea city limits. The address is  211 Crossroads Blvd, Crossroads Blvd, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93923.

Know before you go

This is a self-guided audio tour. Entrance fees to all attractions mentioned on the tour are excluded from the price.

Charge your phone's battery. The way the app uses GPS to play audio automatically can be battery intensive.


60 minutes or longer with pauses to explore the attractions.
Important Information
Where is the starting point?

211 Crossroads Blvd, Crossroads Blvd, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93923

What is weather like in Carmel?

LIke much of the California coast, Carmel has a temperate climate with highs between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (12 to 24 Celsius) all year around. Winter storms, however, can make it feel much colder, so visitors should dress in layers and bring a warm rain jacket.

How far is Carmel from San Francisco?

In ordinary traffic, about 2 hours.

How close is Carmel to Monterey, CA?

Very close, about 15 minutes drive across the peninsula. Using the 17-mile drive scenic route takes about an hour.

Are there any limitations on the size or type of vehicle that can be used on the tour?

The tour is fine for all but the largest vehicles. Some of the side streets are narrow with lots of trees, so they might be a challenge for large RVs

Can I download the tour in advance?

You can download the tour at any time, before or after your booking date. It’s best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point.

How long does the tour download take?

The download should only take a few minutes to complete. If it takes longer, please cancel the download, go to Account, select Purchased and download the tour from there.

Once I start the tour, can I pause it?

Yes. Simply hit pause on the tour and do what you’d like. Hit play when you return, even the next day if needed.

Where does the tour end?

3037 Lasuen Dr, Lasuen Dr, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93923

What should I bring?

Please charge your phone as well.

Carmel-by-the-Sea Highlights: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour
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