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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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Driving PCH has been on my "bucket list" for a long time - especially driving in an Cabriolet Mustang. This was achieved last week, when we drove from San Fran to Santa... read more

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Driving PCH has been on my "bucket list" for a long time - especially driving in an Cabriolet Mustang. This was achieved last week, when we drove from San Fran to Santa Monica. We took 3 days driving the route. We stopped overnight at Monterey and then Pismo. The most amazing part of the journey was from Monterey to Pismo.... More 

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Baroda, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Drove from San Francisco to Newport Beach. Wonderful drive, great hikes, places to stop to sleep and eat. A sea lion even put on a show for me.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you can, this drive is a must see! It's beautiful at every turn. So much to see. I recommend this drive. You will take a lot of pictures, it's hard to stay in your car! I only had 5 days to do this and I spent a lot of that driving there and back. Check out spots of interests... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove the Coastal Highway from Monterrey to Big Sur. We stopped a bunch of pull offs and hiked around. Besides amazing views, there was also some nice hiking trails and beaches. Those who are afraid of heights just a warning this will be a little frightening, but I strongly suggest you take the ride down the coast!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove from LA to San Fransisco over two days along Route 1. Awesome tunes on the stereo, a clear sky, all we needed was the convertible (not the Chevy Impala that we rented). Saying that, not even the hire car could spoil what was a really memorable drive. Plenty of things to see along the drive with little towns... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome view of the Pacific atop a curvy road that hugs the edge of the mountain looking down at the craggy coastline with cypress and pine trees and rocks and seaweed and sea lions. Just a perfect well-maintained road with lots of places to stop and take in the vista.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove the Pacific Coast Highway 1 out of LA to San Francisco. It was a trill to see all the wonderful sight. We found a beach that was covered with sand dollars in Morro Bay. We saw the Elephant Seals, Big Sur. It was all beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would definitely taking the PCH1. I went from San Fran down to LA on this road and it was absolutely stunning. It does take longer than the road inland but the views are unbeatable, the water is right next to you.

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

I live near the coast and often take highway 1 for a relax drive. It's passing through many fabulous coastal towns such as Laguna Beach, Corona Del Mar, Huntingon Beach, Seal Beach and all the way through Santa Monica, Malibu...The down side is traffic is congested in summer. Best to take it in the fall or winter. Welcome to beautiful... More 

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University Place, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do not bother with the portion of this highway where it cuts west fro 101 near Legget, Ca and goes to Fort Bragg. It is extremely windy, with lots of hairpin turns. Also steep up and down, and really is not very scenic. Fort Bragg is a pretty little town, but by the time we got there, we didn't care.... More 

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