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Address: CA
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Activities: Driving, Biking
Description: Running along the northern California coast, this highway has some of the...
Running along the northern California coast, this highway has some of the best views of any in the United States.
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On an 8 day vacation to this area, this was our absolute favorite thing that we experienced. We drove from Monterey down past Big Sur, then back up to San Francisco. I can't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Central Louisiana
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

On an 8 day vacation to this area, this was our absolute favorite thing that we experienced. We drove from Monterey down past Big Sur, then back up to San Francisco. I can't describe how beautiful this area is!!!! And the smell of the wild juniper growing along the highways is a scent I'll always remember.

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Singapore, Singapore
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76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

This is a thrilling ride, but I guess most people coming up with superlatives have not driven on equivalent roads elsewhere (such as the French/Italian Riviera, Great Ocean Road in Australia, etc). Compared to those, frankly, the PCH comes up short in two regards: it is one lane most of the way, making it somewhat more dangerous (and tedious), and... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

After many previous drives up and down the PCH, it was during this particular trip that I finally got to drive the stretch from SF to Monterey. I got to see Half Moon Bay for the first time and I've uploaded some pics of it. There are so many great state parks and beaches to stop at along this route.... More 

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I live just off of US101 near the Golden Gate bridge. Many of the notes here seem to use US101 and CA1 interchangeably. They are not the same, though they overlap in a few relatively short sections. Be sure that you are planning for CA1, the Pacific Coast Highway, if you want to see the incredible ocean views and sites... More 

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Asker, Norway
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48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This road is one of the most spectacular roads ever, especially when you consider how long it is. I've driven a substantial part of it by now over a period of several years. This summer we drove the northern part, from San Francisco to Legget. Drive from north to south, that makes it easier to pull over and take photos... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Summer road trip in a convertible car, can't get any better than this! So much to see and hard to keep your eyes on the road! Scenery is spectacular! Try and stop as often as you can to catch a glimpse of whales and dolphins. Beaches along the road are not marked with signs for seals. You may just notice... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Everything written about the scenery and amazing views don't do the drive justice. The lofty heights, winding curves and spots for postcard shots all add to a wonderful experience. Be prepared though that there are stretches where backseat passengers may feel car sick from the constant twists turns and dips. Nice spot for a meal at the Ragged Point Inn... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

First time on the road, it was so cool. totally different from driving on the coast in florida. lol. a trip to remember

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

If you love driving along scenic breath taking views, then you owe it to yourself to drive from San Francisco to Malibu on the PCH 1. Take your camera!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful drives - along the coast - I have ever taken and I try to do that once a year. It's good for your soul. Beautiful. Don't miss it if you have the chance. You will never forget the beauty.

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