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Pacific Coast Highway - Route 1

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Ranked #12 of 5,068 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

White knuckles on the steering wheel of our rental car, keeping focused on the road that twists, turns and sometimes disappeared into the fog, it was a heck of a ride. After almost 3 + hours, I was thrilled when it was over. Regrettably I didn't get the experience that I was hoping for. Just the bragging rights that I... More

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Tacoma, Washington
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The most beautiful drive ever. Hands down. And whatever time it says for google maps to get there, add on a few hours, you'll want to stop and take in the sights. It gets really awesome the closer to San Francisco you get - you'll go through wine country and then all of a sudden you'll be on these cliffs... More

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St. Louis, MO
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118 reviews 118 reviews
30 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Stunning scenery as you drive down the 1. Traffic was heavy as you would expect but take advantage of the many turnouts to slow down and enjoy the beauty. We traveled from SF to. Santa Maria and enjoyed all of it. My wife got tired of the twisty switch back and hair pin turns, but I did not. Understand that... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

We drove from San Fransisco to Santa Barbara. Freeway 101 is the quick way and can be done in 4.5hrs, but the PCH (Route 1) is stunning and well worth the added time. It took us 9 hours including rush hour San Fran traffic, lunch and many photo stops. The views are breathtaking and driving north to south is by... More

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Houston, Texas
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149 reviews 149 reviews
64 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

America has lots of scenic roadways. Some wind through mountains and offer spectacular views of the rugged terrain. Others are close to a large lake or other coastline and afford the passengers open views of water and aquatic wildlife. There is one that combines both of these qualities into one, and it’s a drive everyone should take at least once:... More

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Brunswick, ME
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We drove from Hollywood through Malibu and back along the Pacific Coast Highway in a rented convertible. Definitely a great way to do it! The views of the ocean, hills, cliffs and buildings nestled in are stunning. The only down side is that there are not a lot of areas to pull over. I can see why restaurants like Paradise... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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93 reviews 93 reviews
76 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The coastal views are simply magical nad there's endless miles of it! There's countless vista points and impromptu turnouts that you could take pics at, you'll be numb of the views by the end of the day. I started the trip from Half Moon Bay, then travel south to Santa Cruz, Monterey (overnight), Big Sur, San Simeon, Cambria and finally... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We went to drive the Big Sur! The best advice I was given was to drive it North to South, the driver has to watch the road so the passenger (me!!!) was on the right getting uninterrupted views of the Pacific ocean. Consequently our trip consisted of flying into San Francisco and driving down to San Diego with 8 stops... More

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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150 reviews 150 reviews
51 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

We drove from Santa Monica to San Francisco, stopping at San Simeon and Hearst Castle. We did it over two days. The scenery after you leave San Simeon going north is absolutely stunning and it must be some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. The journey takes ages because there are just so many vistas stops along the... More

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Holland, Michigan USA
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130 reviews 130 reviews
39 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

What ever your GPS says for time... Double it! The drive is beautiful... Very. My suggestion is your drive the highway from North to South. Closer to the edge and the amazing views. Many stops are required for pictures. Enjoy the drive... Slowly!

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