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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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“san simeon” (116 reviews)
“elephant seals” (106 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
147161, CA
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Reviewed yesterday 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 4 days 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 1 week 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

Thank Raygun99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Rhonda A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Gaurav S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove from Santa Barbara north. The road is closed at Ragged Point due to a mudslide. The drive is worth it anyway. We drove to San Simeon and saw the elephant seals and then turned around and took the 101 to get further north....More

1  Thank Climb14ers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to drive down highway 1 from LA to Monterey. What we can tell you about the experience is that the scenery is absolutely beautiful. What you really need to know is that it's a looooong drive though. Traffic in LA is the worst...More

Thank Elise B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must do if visiting California, We travelled from San Diego up to San Francisco, with a great stop over at Avila beach lodge and Redondo beach. Ignore what sat nav and google maps says for timescale as it will take much longer as so...More

Thank dave f
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've driven from Seattle to San Diego & this road is the most beautiful drive you can ever take. The scenery is out of this world & so different along each section. Beautiful beaches & rocky coastlines. Wow.

1  Thank McAnnie1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This highway is a spectacular drive close to the Pacific Coast, where you can stop and go, swim in the several beaches, stare the cliffs, or simply unwind. Check official website to avoid road closures.

Thank PezFish
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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.
25 September 2017|
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Response from mcarr0ll27 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I know that you are planning to skip by everything and then make it to San Diego. I don't know your experience level and I do not mean to insult you. I would like to make a few points: 1. The biggest interrupter of... More
Deneese J
28 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