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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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A trip you have to do.

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... read more

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Wellington, New Zealand
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520 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 6 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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Midlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most stunning landscape that just keeps going on and on, almost too many vista stops to appreciate its incredible beauty, many places to visit along the way to soak up incredible scenery. You travel / drive one road in your life this is the one!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't know why everyone is saying drive from the south to the north. I don't believe it matters either way. My wife and I did it and we did it in a day... Don't do that. It is way to long of a drive from Oakland International Airport to LAX. It took us 15 hours. We stopped at a... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles and the drive is amazing. Started off in the fog but soon met the sunshine and scenery is breath taking. We stopped at lots of vista points and every time it was a breath taking view of the landscape and ocean. High lights was Big Sur and seeing the Elephant seals on... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We started out journey in San Diego and ended in Sausalito just outside San Fransisco! I agree with other reviewers and should have driven north to south , easier to pull over to the vista points to take photographs and ending up in the sunshine (San Fran was freezing). However, we still had an amazing time. Our itinerary was:- San... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the best things we have ever done. The drive is beyond beautiful. There are a lot of places you can stop and take pictures of the unbelievable views. There is also a place where you can stop and see elephant seals! There was no traffic when we drove through the highway. Make sure you have plenty... More 

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