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Pacific Coast Highway

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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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Stunning Natural Beauty

We drove from LA to Big Sur up the Pacific coast highway. I wish we had given ourselves more time for the drive, but we were limited on time and wanted to see as much of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bangor, Pennsylvania
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Prince George, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Best is to drive part of the PCH, maybe end around San Francisco and then take the freeway on from there. Beautiful views, but mostly for everyone, but the driver unless you stop. Better for couples not so much families. Many 15 mile per hour hairpin turns along the cliff sides from San Simeon up to Monterey and Carmel area.... More 

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Bangor, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove from LA to Big Sur up the Pacific coast highway. I wish we had given ourselves more time for the drive, but we were limited on time and wanted to see as much of California as we could. The Highway was my absolute favorite part, and we went to Disneyland and Yosemite, so that is saying something. There... More 

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Brick Township, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took 3 days with my daughter to do this trip to Los Angeles after visiting my son in San Francisco. Leaving SF, day 1 consisted of Monterey and Fisherman's Wharf, Bixby Bridge and Nepenthe for lunch. Due to the fires, we where not able to hike to McWay Falls, drove the Limekiln Tunnel and then seeing the Elephant Seals at... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Driving from LA area to Santa Barbara? Time it so it is near sunset and take Pacific Coast Highway. Worth a bit of traffic to see this beauty.

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Bracebridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

This is a drive you will never for get or find any where else in the lower 48 states its unique. It runs almost the entire west coast of California up to Oregon and past Referred to as HWY 1,always check on internet or highway department for closures, landslides, erosion washouts, quakes , or fires before getting there, some closures... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We have driven the Pacific Coast Highway from one end to the other and I love the Fort Bragg to Crescent City the best as it take you through the Redwoods. You need about three days to see the real beauty.

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Started in San Francisco and drove south. Nothing but beautiful. It was worth the trip. Stopped 3 nights but could have made it 4 between San Fran and LA. Nothing but peace and wow! We will definitely recommend this trip

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Started in LA and drove to the Oregon border. We took our time stopping along the way. Next time I would drive southbound for easier access to pull offs. Take your time, lots of quaint towns along the way, great places to see. Must do places are Glass Beach, Seal Beach,Bixby Bridge,17 Mile Drive, Montecino, Venice Beach, Golden Gate Bridge.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

While the going can be slow...it's okay since it gives you time to take in the beautiful blue water of the pacific from cliffs and sea level. Be sure and have the camera ready!

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

This is indeed a wonderful ride with lots of great scenery. The stretch from Cambria to Monterey is the best in my opinion. I still think the Great Ocean Road in southern Australia is better, but you should not miss it.

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