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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 4 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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

Thank Climb14ers
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 3 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a leisurely drive from Malibu down to Santa Monica and back on the PCH and found it to be one of the most gorgeous places we've seen. The only place we've been as pretty was in Italy. The scenery is simply stunning, with...More

2  Thank Jay B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We hired the obligatory convertible only to find out it's closed a large chunk of the way. It's closed at Big Sur going south due to a landslide but we cut across going south at Pismo Beach (worth a stop for a night) and then...More

Thank andhewittscores
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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
Chester B
8 August 2017|
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Response from Frederick i | Reviewed this property |
Let me suggest something a bit different. Rather than take the usual routes from SF to Yosemite consider taking Interstate 80 east to CA 4 at Fairfield then CA 4 east through the delta to CA 88 in Lodi. You can do a bit of... More