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Pacific Coast Highway

147161, CA
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Running along the northern California coast, this highway has some of the best views of any in the United States.
  • Excellent85%
  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
147161, CA
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We jumped off Highway 5 on our way from San Diego to Long Beach. It can be a little slow going but when you get to the views it's worth it. We drove it for a little while and then hopped back on to Highway...More

Thank C C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Helen drove which meant that I was able to stare out of the widow transfixed by the gorgeous scenery as the miles rolled by. Fittingly one of the most famous road trips ever.

Thank Mike L
Reviewed 1 week ago

California StateHighway One, CA1, The Pacific Coast Highway runs 655 miles from Dana Point in Orange County to Legget in Mendocino. Along the way it will take you to the beaches of Southern California, past the rocky grandeur of Big Sur past beach towns and...More

Thank Frederick i
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our 14 night California holiday revolved around this road trip from the south to the north. Taking in the towns and sited of the fantastic coastal route and towns along the way. Starting in LA and finishing in San Francisco, via Santa Barbra and Carmel....More

2  Thank Martin G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We traveled the PCH south from Monterey to California Sea Otter State Game Refuge, The views are so absolutely beautiful!! While we were there we watches the clouds over the Pacific Ocean move onshore and engulf us in their fog. Well worth the drive!!

Thank Jamae T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove the PCH from Carmel to the Big Sur camping areas. The scenery was breathtaking. There are numerous areas to pull over for the views and pictures...but a camera can't capture the magnitude, especially on a clear sunny day; you have to see it...More

2  Thank Cecilio L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many of us have this as this as a "Must Do" on our Bucket List. It was among the first items that we did after we retired. Driving the Pacific Coast Highway (P.C.H.) is the type of thing that requires a good bit of planning...More

7  Thank mcarr0ll27
Reviewed June 19, 2017

This road is amazing to travel. The beauty is spellbinding! The changing colors of the ocean, the cliffs, the Bixby Bridge, the gorgeous colors on the cliffs due to flowers, cactus, grasses, etc. all combine to make it a memorable drive. We drove from Carmel...More

3  Thank Patty J
Reviewed June 15, 2017

I and my wife drove from Los Angeles till San Fransisco. A large part of the highway was closed due to the land slide (from Ragged Point till Big Sur), but we were still happy that we took the highway for whatever was open. This...More

9  Thank Arun N
Reviewed June 2, 2017

Pacific Coast Highway is an experience which everyone should have on their bucket list. The scenery varies a lot and is really something special. It’s very difficult to decide the best part of the road among the charming bridges, the numerous view points, the tunnels,...More

3  Thank Joky80
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Su Z
July 21, 2017|
Response from DMJA21 | Reviewed this property |
Even if your return flight out of LAX is not until late in the day on 8/6, you are going to be extremely rushed. I would say at a minimum you should do the 17 mile drive of Monterrey Peninsula and spend some time walking... More
Bonnie L
July 12, 2017|
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Response from brettploss | Reviewed this property |
I would say the big ones are Hearst castle, Santa Cruz, and big sur. Definitely go to Carmel and drive as far as you can on the PCH before you have to turn around at the bridge then come back definitely worth the drive. Good... More
Gill M
July 3, 2017|
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Response from Westwick | Reviewed this property |
You'll quickly find, when looking online, that everybody seems to recommend different durations for this trip. There are SO many places to visit and experience PLUS all the layby's for photo opportunities . . it's really all... More