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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
+1 650-879-2120
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 29 August 2003

We started out journey off in San Francisco, than to Monterey California. Monterey or Carmel are the two towns you want to spend a night in before you head down the Pacific Coast Highway CA1. Rise early, have your breakfast, hit the road between 9-10am...More

631  Thank Mike_Terry
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 1 August 2013

We did the 17 mile drive, then onto the PCH heading to San Diego. This road is very winding, it is very high up on the side of the mountains. It is 2 lanes, and often NO guardrail. There is no alternate route if you...More

25  Thank ohiotraveler0
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a night in Monterey before we traveled up to San Francisco and spent the morning in Pebble Beach. For those who don’t know there is a 17 mile planned drive round the coast which takes into account a variety of stop off points...More

Thank Allister16
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a full day driving from Carmel to San Luis Obispo and we are so glad we did. The drive is the most scenic drive I have ever done, and was a pleasure to do in our rental car so we could take it...More

Thank mcglassa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Road is now open all the way spectacular views and drive we did it in 5-1/2 hours lots of vista points and places to pull over along the way. Ragged Point is a great stop as well as the Elephant Seals north of San Simieon

Thank michaelvY2913MQ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best road trip in the world. San Fran down to LA is the way to do it. Easy driving. Sensational views. Plenty of refreshment stops & scenic lookouts. A must do....

Thank MikeA4058
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did this drive end of October/ begging of November. This is a fantastic time to go because there is no fog and the weather is fabulous! Make sure to pull over at all the stops along the side of the road for breathtaking views....More

Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do not, under any circumstances, miss taking the drive down Highway 1 from Monterey to Big Sur! This is one of the most spectacular pieces of shoreline in the United States! There are multiple spots to safely pull off the road and either hike the...More

1  Thank Pamela C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Simply the most beautiful road me and my partner have ever driven on, Driving from crescent city to L.A. before we took this road trip down route 101 and route 1 we made some time to plan things to see along the Pacific coast highway....More

Thank tomjthomson5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wife and I flew into Seattle ,WA Sept 29. Drove to coast and drove down Hwy 101 thru OR coast until we reached PCH in CA. We have driven the entire length of the PCH. An amazing trip there are so many areas that are...More

Thank Steve W
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Thiago A
14 November 2018|
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Response from 75Snowy | Reviewed this property |
I would allow 2 days to drive between S.F to L.A it’s a great scenic drive a good stop to visit is Hearst Castle allow a good 4-5 hours here, I think it was us$25 a person to enter. (I didn’t enter as we didn’t have enough... More
1 November 2018|
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Response from nonogriff | Reviewed this property |
big sur campsite don’t camp though. they provide cabins available to hire for the night. very cute.
Marty F
25 October 2018|
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Response from Bakerfortress | Reviewed this property |
2.5 hours if you drive straight through on Hwy 1 (and there are no mud slides). However, you'll want to stop often at the lookouts and State Park (free lookouts) along the way. You could do it in five hours and really enjoy... More
Nimisha W
24 October 2018|
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Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi I highly recommend using the California state forum for your questions. I think that tour company is known for a cheap product, not a quality one. The name "Pacific Coast Highway" really only applies to a short section... More
Erica G
8 October 2018|
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Response from LorraineConnecticut | Reviewed this property |
About 2 hours