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Running along the northern California coast, this highway has some of the best views of any in the United States.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
147161, CA
+1 650-879-2120
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Some breathtaking scenery along Highway 1 when you hit the coastal road. We drove from Santa Barbara to Monterey and made it in about 7 hours including numerous stops for snacks and photos. Carmel, 17 Mile Drive and Monterey are definitely worth adding an extra...More

Thank Fidz10
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well worth the drive. We drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles in one day easy enough to do we left S.F at 6am and arrive in L.A at 5pm. We had done numerous stops along the way for photos and stop for lunch. We...More

Thank 75Snowy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go! Just drive. You will stop over and over again to take pics because it is too beautiful not to!! Absolutely amazing!

Thank Connie L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

drove from SF to LA down PCH with overnight in Cambria. the full road has only been open for 1 month since the mudslides. great mountain & sea scenery. I would strongly recommend making at least these stops. Carmel , Pebble Beach , Monterrey Bay...More

1  Thank Louis L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the major stretch of PCH you will have the most breathtaking views of the sea. I have traveled from San Diego up to Long Beach. Simply beautiful. If the highway is not exactly on the waterway, the water is parallel to it. It is...More

1  Thank LorraineConnecticut
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you have some time to kill make sure you add this to your list of things to do. we started in Santa Monica and drove all the way up to Hearst castle, from Hearst castle we had to backtrack through the mountains and take...More

Thank slightlyheavy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was driving from San Simeon to Monterey... We made it so that sun did set near the end of the road... This is a beautiful drive and the sun setting over Pacific makes it superb!!!

Thank MarcinDrP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Broke down drive from SJC to LAX into two days, staying the night in SLO... Lovely drive all the way except when you get to Malibu... There is a sign that says "23 miles of scenic beauty" just as you enter that stretch... 23 miles...More

Thank jrodionuy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simply amazing and beautiful drive. Around every corner is a photo opp - and miles of beaches were you can picnic, sunbathe, or go for a dip with nobody around.

Thank tmassey787
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took this highway to see the scenic coastal area of the California. Almost half of the highway is a bit away from the sea and you are not really driving along the coast. Then the real Highway 1 starts, which is along the sea....More

2  Thank Resort656035
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August 25, 2018|
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Response from Rusty_077 | Reviewed this property |
If you take route 280 out of San Francisco this will intersect with Highway 1 or the other option is to travel more of the coast and start your journey at the south side of the Goldern Gate bridge taking in the sites of the... More
judy b
August 5, 2018|
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Response from Claude F | Reviewed this property |
The drive is spectacular and well-worth taking, but you need to check with California Department of Transportation to find up-to-date road conditions. In recent years, there have been difficulties due to rock slides as well... More