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“Northbound or Southbound, Always a Delight!”

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Owner description: Popular 15 mile scenic drive in Palos Verdes.
Southern California
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“Northbound or Southbound, Always a Delight!”
Reviewed August 4, 2007

I've been doing this drive at least a couple of times a year (and, of course, more frequently when we lived near the PV Peninsula) since the late 1950s/early 1960s. It's always been spectacular! At night with a full moon and all the stars...what bliss!!

In fact, if we have time after the "Taste of San Pedro" festival at Pt. Fermin (just a few miles southeast of PV Drive South), my sister, mom, and I plan to take my two nephews (7 and 8 years old) later today. If we can get into Pt. Vicente (which had been closed to the public for a while), so much the better.

Northbound to Redondo Beach, turn onto 25th Street in San Pedro (left if you're coming from Royal Palms State Beach or from Pt. Fermin; right if you're coming south on Western or Gaffey). It becomes PV Drive South at the RPV city limits. Follow it north--it turns into PV Drive West. (Take it easy for the 4/5 of a mile around Portuguese Bend; the road can be quite dippy and bumpy from all the years of land movement, although it's been much smoother recently.) At Malaga Cove where PV Drive North and Palos Verdes Blvd. meet, bear left onto PV Blvd., which will take you into what's known as the Hollywood Riviera (the southwesternmost point of Torrance, where most of the properties on both sides of PV Blvd. have a gorgeous view of the Pacific) and Redondo Beach.

The directions reverse, of course, for the southbound route back into San Pedro.

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“Great roadtrip”
Reviewed July 21, 2006

The best way to enjoy the Palos Verdes area is by car and by hiking or biking along the coast. There are several places to pull over and enjoy the view, amazing cliffs overlooking the Pacific. While hiking along the sea-cliffs you may notice the many lizards and Eucalyptus trees along the paths.

Trump built a golf course along the coast, so this may be one of the things you might want to try on your road trip. My friends and I drove for a bit, then went on a few of the hiking trails along the coast. There is also a lighthouse, called the "The Point Vicente Lighthouse" and there is a museum and whale watching area near the lighthouse.

I noticed that there were a lot of people on bikes along the road, and this looks like a great and challenging ride. The ride looks like fun, but be forewarned a few of the climbs look challenging by bike. There are quite a few steep and long grades you will need to bike up, but I can't think of a better place to get some exercise and enjoy the scenery at the same time.

The Palos Verdes coastline, has to be one of my favorite drives and looks like a great and scenic workout by bicycle.

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