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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 yesterday via mobile

We had planned to drive from San Francisco to LA along the PCH. Obviously I had not done enough research as when we got to Carmel we found out that the Highway was closed 50 miles south and had been for some time due to...More

Thank John D
Reviewed yesterday

This is a tremendous drive and well worth it, but don't be caught out by thinking you can drive the length of it. It's been blocked at Gorda for months and is apparently likely to remain so, and the only (unsigned) detour is near Lucia...More

Thank rgjr20
Reviewed 1 week ago

The views never get tiring along the Pacific Coast Highway. We really enjoyed our trip alongside the ocean, past various subdivisions and looking at the mountains. It's a nice winding highway, clean and has many places that you can pull off and take pictures.

Thank seetheworld2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Pacific Coast Highway goes through a long stretch of coastline and offers some great views of beaches, sea life, and interesting landscapes.

Thank TravelReviewer1983
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area of Hwy. 1 is only accessible from a long and windy road from Hwy. 101 making the trip on the PCH a once in a lifetime event as there is next to no traffic.

1  Thank winkphoto
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Like to take pictures? This is a must. Had driven CA 101 along coast, but this is more striking. Enough turnouts for great views. Not as crowded either. Worth the hour to the coast from the main highway. Glad we did it.

Thank DickandRobin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove from San Diego up to San Francisco over the course of 10 days, and it was just incredible! It was an experience I will never forget and I recommend it to everyone.

Thank saravogell
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Starting from San Francisco, driving up to Seattle, the PCH is an amazing experience. You get a little bit of everything from twisty mountain/forest roads, to twisty shoreline roads, to twisty canyon roads. Note the twisty adjective on all of those. Pro tip: if you're...More

1  Thank Raygun99
Reviewed 12 September 2017

After spending a week in San Francisco we were off to San Jose via a scenic road ride. Multiple scenic turnouts to view the breathtaking sites. It was a little cool, so we did not spend any time on any beaches, but the views were...More

1  Thank Rhonda A
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

It is indeed one of the best road trips in the world. It is an experience worth to witness. "Nature at its best " is something I would say about this trip. You feel surrounded by mountains on one side and the Pacific ocean on...More

1  Thank Gaurav S
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Hello, I am looking for advice/direction/guidance for traveling the Pacific Coast Highway or Highway 1 in July of 18. First off, we are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 teen kids from Chicagoland. We are looking to start our trip in San Francisco where we will do typical tourist stuff including a Cubs vs Giants baseball game. Then we plan on making the drive down the coast and ending up in San Dieago for a Cubs vs Padres game. So my questions are, what is a reasonable time that we need to plan to make this drive at a somewhat leisurable pace. Our family is not real interested in museums, castles or the such. Our real interest will be to check out the beach sites and take pictures of stuff like that. I envision driving, stopping to stretch and take pictures, and getting back on the road. Planning trips is something that I enjoy doing as I am a planner in nature. However, I’m guessing that we will not be able to just decide we are done traveling for the day and roll into the nearest town a get a hotel room so I believe planning is essential here. I am basically in the beginning stages of planning, but I’m wondering if it is somewhat feasible to drive from San Francisco, getting on highway 1 at Carmel-by-the-sea, and driving to San Luis Obispo in the first day? Is this too aggressive of a plan? Day 2 would be to drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica. Again, too aggressive? Spend the night in Santa Monica then spend the day bopping around Hollywood and such, then drive down to San Diego. Please anyone, feel free to give me your thoughts an opinions on this rough plan.
26 September 2017|
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Response from DMJA21 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I'm pleased to have the opportunity to share some thoughts and ideas with you: There's a lot to do in SF but one thing we did that is often overlooked is to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the view of the... More
Deneese J
29 August 2017|
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Response from DMJA21 | Reviewed this property |
Deneese: Put "Big Sur" in as your Trip Advisor destination. When the home page appears select forums. There are several listed that may be of help to you.
23 August 2017|
Response from paulawho821 |
Is the fire effecting this route