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Running along the northern California coast, this highway has some of the best views of any in the United States.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
147161, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted to visit the Big Sur area for years now, and was finally able to make it there in December of 2018. We drove from San Francisco to Pismo Beach with stops is between. What a fantastic drive!! Especially the part from Carmel to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank vaidehist
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the beach and view of the ocean. The ride was very relaxing and the kids loved the view. I can't wait to go back.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Karen F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been fortunate to have taken this highway several times. This most recent trip was broken into two parts (San Francisco to Morro Bay, and Morro Bay to Los Angeles). Because we were traveling in December and the sun was setting before 5pm, we started...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank FlyAtNight
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For years I have heard the PCH was a great drive and I was lucky enough to have some time on vacation in California to try it. We made a trip from Monteray to Big Sur, then drove north to Calistoga and traveled from Bodega...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank bosrocker51
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most epic drives ever. With breathtaking scenery and views around every corner. I would highly recommend starting your drive early, as soon as the sun is up. Then you will get some relaxing driving time with hardly any cars on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Travellover6128
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The drive from Monterey to Cambria on Highway 1 has some of the best views of the ocean you can hope for.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KarthikMR
Reviewed 19 December 2018

What a great views everywhere you look. Does not matter if it is sunny day or cloudy and even rain. I had to drive back to Monterrey because of possibility of mud slides but it was worth it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RudySzymon
Reviewed 24 November 2018

As two friends we did drive from Monterey to the south of Santa Barbara all day. I believe one should have a few long stops during the trip. If I had time, I would definitely stay at a hotel on the route and enjoy the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank sakaerka
Reviewed 19 November 2018

One of the most beautiful drives - travel up the coast and see the views and stop along the way...San Simeon, Big Sur, state parks, trails. Coast, mountains, farms, forests...this drive has it all. A must do.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank FrequentTripster
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Great time driving a rented convertible from enterprise on pch. Stopped at Getty Villa for lunch. Low traffic in middle of the day. Speeds between 35 and 55 mph. Moderate police activity and other drivers generally kept the speed limit. Road was open whole way...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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18 January 2019|
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Response from Pam C | Reviewed this property |
This is a quick overview of our trip to San Francisco and down the PCH to Big Sur with a loop back to SF in 5 days. Stayed at Marina Motel in SF, a quaint and eclectic little place from yesteryear on Lombard St. Reasonably... More
1 January 2019|
Response from FrequentTripster | Reviewed this property |
From San Diego to Santa Barbara, expect traffic regardless of the day. This part of the drive is developed. Santa Barbara is a first good stop. The drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon follows the coast (mostly). There... More
25 December 2018|
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Response from HEYA14 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I agree to everything above in the first answer. As I love SF myself, I would try to get 2 full days there to discover all great things as Sausalito etc. Then drive Hwy 1 to Monterey, take the scenic 17 mile road, stay... More
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