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Running along the northern California coast, this highway has some of the best views of any in the United States.
  • Excellent85%
  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
147161, CA
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We actually drove from Santa Monica to Seattle along the coast and of course used the 1 in California. It was such a wonderful and memorable trip. If you have a partner, have them make the video camera ready as you’ll certainly want to have...More

Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What an adventure! We started off in LA. Had previously visited LA the year before so this time we stayed 2 nights in Long Beach. A trip on the Queen Mary and then late afternoon we drove to The Griffiths Observatory. We stopped off at...More

1  Thank Kerry R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably enough positive reviews about this historic road running on the West Coast at the coastal edges of California. For my review, I just wanted to give you some background as to go North - South or South - North? We went from South -...More

1  Thank ThomasEMM
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rented a convertible and drove this from San Francisco up to the Redwood Forest, absolutely worth it.

1  Thank MrsTonn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We jumped off Highway 5 on our way from San Diego to Long Beach. It can be a little slow going but when you get to the views it's worth it. We drove it for a little while and then hopped back on to Highway...More

Thank C C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Helen drove which meant that I was able to stare out of the widow transfixed by the gorgeous scenery as the miles rolled by. Fittingly one of the most famous road trips ever.

Thank Mike L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

California StateHighway One, CA1, The Pacific Coast Highway runs 655 miles from Dana Point in Orange County to Legget in Mendocino. Along the way it will take you to the beaches of Southern California, past the rocky grandeur of Big Sur past beach towns and...More

Thank Frederick i
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Our 14 night California holiday revolved around this road trip from the south to the north. Taking in the towns and sited of the fantastic coastal route and towns along the way. Starting in LA and finishing in San Francisco, via Santa Barbra and Carmel....More

2  Thank Martin G
Reviewed 1 July 2017

We traveled the PCH south from Monterey to California Sea Otter State Game Refuge, The views are so absolutely beautiful!! While we were there we watches the clouds over the Pacific Ocean move onshore and engulf us in their fog. Well worth the drive!!

Thank Jamae T
Reviewed 29 June 2017

We drove the PCH from Carmel to the Big Sur camping areas. The scenery was breathtaking. There are numerous areas to pull over for the views and pictures...but a camera can't capture the magnitude, especially on a clear sunny day; you have to see it...More

2  Thank Cecilio L
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Chester B
8 August 2017|
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Response from Frederick i | Reviewed this property |
Let me suggest something a bit different. Rather than take the usual routes from SF to Yosemite consider taking Interstate 80 east to CA 4 at Fairfield then CA 4 east through the delta to CA 88 in Lodi. You can do a bit of... More
Su Z
22 July 2017|
Response from DMJA21 | Reviewed this property |
Even if your return flight out of LAX is not until late in the day on 8/6, you are going to be extremely rushed. I would say at a minimum you should do the 17 mile drive of Monterrey Peninsula and spend some time walking... More
Bonnie L
13 July 2017|
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Response from brettploss | Reviewed this property |
I would say the big ones are Hearst castle, Santa Cruz, and big sur. Definitely go to Carmel and drive as far as you can on the PCH before you have to turn around at the bridge then come back definitely worth the drive. Good... More