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Pacific Coast Highway - Route 1

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Ranked #10 of 4,996 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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Richmond, Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
48 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a curvy road down the coast of California, often with minimal shoulders and steep drop-offs. I was surprised to see large RVs and trailers attempt to make this trip. The sights are beautiful and there are pulloffs along the way. The sheer beauty of the coast makes this an excellent trip. Some places we had rain and fog... More

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Austin Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This was a great drive up until Julia State Burns Park. We decided to keep going to Cambria which made a long day and it was very foggy on the second part of our drive. We went back to Carmel via 101 and the vineyards through there were awesome. It was amazing to go from the water to the forest... More

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Sydney, Australia
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1,225 reviews 1,225 reviews
847 attraction reviews
1,222 helpful votes 1,222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Looking at a map with a yellow line paralleling the coast is an enticing magnet, anytime. To contemplate one of the world's greatest road trips, the Californian stretch of the Pacific Coast that fields glorious cliffs and secret bays, the bright lights and glitter of LA and San Francisco, added to old-world charms of artists' enclaves such as Carmel and... More

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

Driving down from SF to San Simeon, we got the chance to experience Route 1. As spectacular as the road and views are, I couldn't stop thinking about the planning and engineering skills that went into the construction. As tempting as it is to rush down the road, so you can get to your hotel before midnight, take your time,... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

We started from San Francisco down to LA. First stop Monterey beach, went whale watching and stayed the night. Next morning starts the drive...took us over 8 hours because we stopped at so many "Vista Points" - scene points. Each view is breathtaking and amazing, at one point we saw a few whales close to the shore line. Now we... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Have gone up and down this highway many many times over the years and always enjoy the part of the highway between San Luis Obispo and Big Sur the most. It is miles and miles of perfect views of the coast and hills, and some of the most beautiful trees I have ever seen. Please make sure people that you... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

What an amazing view. I recommend this to everyone - I never imagined how beautiful this experience would be. I hope to one day finish this drive but leave from San Fran.

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MIAMI
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794 reviews 794 reviews
256 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The views are magnificent of the rugged coastline, rocks and sealife. But the drive has many hairpin curves, as well as a lot of mountain bike traffic that share the road, so the trip can be scary. HINT: Be sure to see the elephant seals at Piedra Blancas, just north of San Simeon. Take your time driving and enjoy the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Perfect for the ADHD traveler like me. from LA to San Fran we travelled farmland, mountain, desert, beach, forest, mansions, long stretches of nothing but pretty, and great little towns. Hearst Mansion, Big Sur, Carmel, Elephant Seals, just the view, farm fresh berries, major Cities too. The only thing is that it is a commitment. Once you are on it... More

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San Jose, California, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Salinas, BigSur, San Simeon, Cambria. Stop by at Cafe Beach [ 2600 Sand Dunes Dr, Monterey] to have an Early Morning Coffee boost your drive. Stay at night at BestWestern San Simeon and enjoy the Ocean shore community fire, Drive thru Cambria for a local feel.

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