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Pacific Coast Highway - Route 1

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Ranked #7 of 4,895 attractions in California
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving, Biking
Description: Running along the northern California coast, this highway has some of the best views of any in the United States.
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

As part of our honeymoon trip around California we had to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles. We left it until lunchtime to set off so decided the most sensible route was to take the interstate....... but after 10 minutes of driving we changed our minds and had one of the most memorable drives of our lives! The drive... More

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San Antonio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great leisurely drive along the scenic CA coast. We drove from the Golden Gate to the Point Reyes Lighthouse on a foggy Sunday morning. The roads are fun to drive, lots of sharp turns and steep cliffs to make you feel as if you're in a car commercial. Be sure to have an attentive passenger to help keep a sharp... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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294 reviews 294 reviews
90 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My very favorite drive/vacation in the United States. Pacific Coast Highway is so beautiful, interesting, adventurous, fabulous views of the ocean. We love driving to and staying at Cambria, CA - going to Big Sur and stopping to breathe the freshest air in the world : ) and eat at Nepenthes restaurant. That drive from there to Carmel is truly... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

We traveled Monterey to Santa Barbara along the famous Highway 1 and the drive exceeded our expectations. Unbelievable views, lots of great stops and opportunities for amazing pictures. Make sure to stop at Big Sur, the Julia Pfiefer State Park, and anywhere you can pull over. This was definitely a drive of a lifetime. Another highlight was a tour of... More

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England
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21 reviews 21 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Hired Mustang and drove from San Francisco to San Diego with roof down every single mile of this wonderful trip. Please see our itinerary and it worked just perfect. Day 1.overnight Grand Hyatt union square San Fran ---Very good. Day 2.collected Mustang from Dollar Opened roof and off we go.drove over and back Golden Gate Bridge turned onto route one... More

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Byron
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This should be a requirement that everyone needs to do in their lifetime. The views are amazing and inspiring. It was an awesome road trip filled with great activities and lots of small town each one with their own charm.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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21 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The first 100 miles or so of the PCH started at Carmel Highlands offers some nice views. However, if you have ever been to Hawaii and driven the roads along the coast, for example The Road to Hanna on Maui, you're awe-inspiring moments along the PCH will be limited. Be sure and do research ahead of time as there are... More

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Grand Ridge, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We left Oakland to venture south to Los Angeles. It was a bit if a hassle cutting across to the PCH, but we're glad we did. This is hands down the most beautiful road in the country. You cannot rush this ride, but then nobody drives the PCH to "make time." Stunning, often breathtaking vistas are around every turn of... More

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Blaricum, The Netherlands
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We journeyed from Carmel to Santa Barbara (via Paso Robles) and took the coastal route. The views of the Pacific and the coast are simply stunning. Be prepared for frequent stops and a low average speed (Santa Barbara is about the limit of what you can do from Carmel) but also prepare to be amazed - we saw lots (and... More

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San Diego, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The drive along the coast is amazing....I drove it several times already the entire way from start to finish and continued into Oregon & Washington......the drive is very scenic and we spotted Whales and Dolphins several times...there is also camping along the way on beaches if you like that or can always find a hotel......be sure to fill your tank... More

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