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Address: 147161, CA
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Malibu Stars' Homes Tour
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Malibu Stars' Homes Tour and 48-hour Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus
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Private Tour: Malibu Wine Tasting from Los Angeles

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Amazing Views

Although we went only from LA to north of Malibu, the views of the cliffs and coasts were amazing. Great drive, we had a lot of fun. Take this drive as far as you can if you have... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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The Woodlands, Texas
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Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went from LA to Monterey. San Luis Obispo is where the coast really gets interesting. Recommended stops: Hearst Castle, Nepenthe, Big Sur, Bixby Bridge.

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easily 1 of the top 5 road trips we've taken in the US is north along the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica to Seattle. The scenery is terrific from start to finish, but especially so in the Big Sur/Carmel area, Northern California and the entire Oregon coast. We took several days to drive it, stopping whenever we came upon... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we went only from LA to north of Malibu, the views of the cliffs and coasts were amazing. Great drive, we had a lot of fun. Take this drive as far as you can if you have the time.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently took a trip to California specifically to drive the PCH, a bucket list item for my husband. Like typical tourists we rented a mustang convertible (necessary to complete the dream apparently) which turned out to be a lot of fun, and definitely worth the extra cost. We drove from San Francisco down the coast to Los Angeles, and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yes - it is crowded - yes, traffic can be terrible - yes, there are many surfers, bikers, and tourists who don't pay attention....but nothing can take away from the beauty of this gem of California. Travel this route whenever in LA. I would not miss it and no, it does not get old. Food along the route is highly... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't really get the hype. We took the PCH from around San Diego up to Malibu. Yeah sure there are beautiful stretches, but it's really just a traffic mess most of the time. Way too many red lights and towns. I guess it was OK but I won't be doing it again. Just pick a few destinations and stick... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have read that the highway isn't trailer friendly so I was worried. But for not. Not sure if it was due to the time of year but we discovered it to be relaxing and FUN!!

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Winter Garden, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had always wanted to travel the Pacific Coast Highway so after my husband retired last year, we set out for a 21 day adventure. We started in Seattle and ended up in San Diego. What a trip we had. Beautiful country and friendly people. There was so much to see. We stayed on the Coast so we want to... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017

This drive was amazing! All you have to do is get in your car and find a nice spot (it won't be hard). The scenery is breathtaking and there are places along the way to stop for pictures or a great meal.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We drove from San Francisco to LA on the PCH in May 2016 and crossed Big Sur and the Bixby Bridge. Amazing vistas, scenic drive but very, very few places to eat at one point. We ended up stopping at a road side hotel that had a restaurant. Memories and stories to tell! I held on to the door handle... More 

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