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Pacific Coast Highway - Route 1

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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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We spent the day driving down the PCH with our 3 children. It was wonderful! The views were amazing and there is tons of pull off to take in the scenery, stretch your legs or let... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We started off in San Francisco and headed south to Santa Cruz. During this leg of the journey we stopped at the usual turnouts and Ano Nuevo State Reserve to check out the elephant seals. My favorite turnout during this part of the drive was the "sharkfin rock" which jetted out of the ocean. We hiked down to the beach/alcove... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent the day driving down the PCH with our 3 children. It was wonderful! The views were amazing and there is tons of pull off to take in the scenery, stretch your legs or let the kids run around. You could spend days traveling the long winding road but even if you only have one free day like us... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Mythical Route 1 is a so must-do in this area. It takes about 1 hour for one way without the stops which are likely to be many. Point Lobos reserve, Bixby bridge, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (but it was closed when we went), Pfeiffer beach with its Mc Way falls are the main points of interest. Our stop in... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have returned and completed our beautiful trip thru parts of CA, and could not have done that without Kibbles16 giving me valuable insight, suggestions and guidance and Pasca for help. My trip would not be for the faint hearted but we safely completed our amazing bucket list. Sunday: Flew into San Fran, picked up car, began our sightseeing. We... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had planned to leave Thousand Oaks (LA) & join up with Hwy 1 / 101 to journey along the coast to Monterey & then to San Francisco Bay. There was a sea fog hugging the coast all day so on the first day I saw patches of beautiful coastal scenery. I overnighted at the San Simeon Lodge after checking... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Take a couple of days to stop over on the way. Checkout, Carmel, the elephant seals, and all the view points on route. Look out for seal and whales which we was at least 6 of as we drove along this stunning coastline. Through forested areas all along the coast past cliffs and over amazing bridges.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I finally checked this off my bucket list. I live in Southern California and never had the courage to do it because it all sounded overwhelming, tiring, and confusing. There are so many stops, didn't know how to plan it all out. This is how I did it. I drove from L.A. to Carmel. No San Fran, I have been... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even if it's a little bit slower - it's a better way to travel then being stuck in traffic on the 101. The views are worth it and is definitely more relaxing drive.

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a video to show you what the trip is like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfcckBSy-4c And an itinerary to help you too: www.lifeofreilly.tv/route-one

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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving from seal beach to Huntington bch".newport bch..corona del mar..Laguna bch..stores,shops, restaurants and beautiful scenery of the pacific coast ocean

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