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“Views can't be matched”

Pacific Coast Highway
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Ranked #36 of 8,866 things to do in California
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Running along the northern California coast, this highway has some of the best views of any in the United States.
Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Views can't be matched”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

This was definitely the best drive in a car I have ever taken! We had done 17 mile drive prior to this and it paled in comparison. Skip that to do this! We drove from Carmel to Big Sur and it was breath-taking!!!!

Visited May 2013
6 Thank Mia M
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Ayr, Scotland
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“Simply stunning!”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Whilst stayiong in Santa Barbara, we took 2 trips up and down this road to Malibu and Santa Monica. Its simply stunning! It hugs the coast from just south east of Oxnard to where we turned inland to head for Hollywood. You just never tire of the views, watching the surfers out catching a wave before they go to work! A real sense of a living coast.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank m4xwl
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Manchester, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Brought tears to my eyes”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Driving along the PCH is magnificent! The views are so stunning and breathtaking it actually brought tears to my eyes. I was in a rental with my mom, sister and daughter and we are all from the East Coast so we had a great time driving and stopping at different spots along the way. The only drawback is I was the driver, so I would suggest to someone else that you go on a bus or tour so you can really soak in the views.

Visited May 2013
7 Thank MHolmes73
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Berwick, Maine
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Living on the Edge”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

What an incredible trip from San Francisco to San Diego. It was hard not stopping at all the Vista Points to take pictures. Every turn was another delightful view. Had the most fun driving all the turns and twists. Big Sur was my favorite but don't ask the back seat passenger what she thought, she got car sick. Couldn't believe all the agriculture too. If you can find the restaurant that sells fried artichoke hearts and green tomatoes. Great finds for fresh fruits and veggies. If I did it again would skip PCH from LA down, can't really see the ocean and a lot of lights.

Visited May 2013
7 Thank Brenda S
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Not a bad little drive”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Took the family on a great drive. The kids were a little tired of driving but we did get out and see some great places along the way.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Pixtonian
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