Taking a scenic drive became a popular way to calm the senses after scientists found out that squeezing a stress ball actually only soothes the sense of taste. Find freedom for all five senses with today's Groupon: for $70, you get an 11-hour tour of Monterey and Carmel for two people from Super Sightseeing Tours (a $140 value).
Super Sightseeing Tours sponsors tours throughout San Francisco and its environs, delighting locals and tourists with its scenic stops. The Monterey and Carmel tour starts by taking travelers two hours down the Pacific Coast Highway, with plenty of stops for photo ops of the lush scenery, before the luxury coach arrives at its first destination on the Monterey Peninsula. One hour in Monterey grants plenty of time for a stroll on Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck and offering cozy spots for grabbing a bite to eat, gift shopping, speed-reading Grapes of Wrath, or ocean gazing. A ride down the nature-nuzzling 17-Mile Drive offers several snapshot-ready vistas and allows amateur paparazzi to steal stills of Pebble Beach Golf Links without any makeup on. The next hour-long stop is at the quaint town of Carmel, chock-full of charming shops, interesting architecture, and the summer homes of jellyfish seeking a more attractive view of the ocean.
Tours start at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and buses will pick up at most San Francisco hotels. Lunch is not included, but the tour offers many chances for sightseers to seek sustenance.