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Address: 147161, CA
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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This road is closed until September only open from San Francisco to just before Big Sur, and from Santa Barbara to Raggy point.

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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This road is closed until September only open from San Francisco to just before Big Sur, and from Santa Barbara to Raggy point.

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St Charles, MO
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove Hwy 1 from San Francisco to Big Sur. The weather was not ideal (drizzle) but the views were still stunning. We stopped here and there to take in the views until we got to Santa Cruz. We stopped to watch some surfers and checked out the Surfing Museum (tiny but fun and they just ask for a donation)... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

1. In general if possible recommend that southbound seems prettier than northbound because the sea is west of you. 2. We found the Santa Monica beach to be the best. Longest stretch of beach, wide, superb sand but could be crowded on weekends. Plenty of places to park as you get away from LA. Lots of restaurants. 3. Malibu pretty... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Perfect getaway route! 'Just can't get enough of beautiful sceneries, it's a breathtaking road trip!

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove from Monica and Venice up to Malibu to have some lunch, but also to drive on US PCH1. As it was a Saturday there seemed to be everyone doing the same thing although it was in the opposite direction, as the road was pretty jammed all the way. Having said that, the sun was out and if you... More 

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Atascadero, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a good time to see this part of the Pacific Coast Highway as there were few people and it was a beautiful day.

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Carmel, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must-see! There is so much to stop and explore along the highway or to view from the car. The weather changes are something from another world. I drove up a hill to find myself submerged in a cloud to then drive down into clear skies!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2017

Went from LA to Monterey. San Luis Obispo is where the coast really gets interesting. Recommended stops: Hearst Castle, Nepenthe, Big Sur, Bixby Bridge.

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Fishers, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2017 via mobile

Easily 1 of the top 5 road trips we've taken in the US is north along the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica to Seattle. The scenery is terrific from start to finish, but especially so in the Big Sur/Carmel area, Northern California and the entire Oregon coast. We took several days to drive it, stopping whenever we came upon... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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Reviewed March 19, 2017

Although we went only from LA to north of Malibu, the views of the cliffs and coasts were amazing. Great drive, we had a lot of fun. Take this drive as far as you can if you have the time.

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