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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 3 days ago

If ever out on the west coast this is a must for anyone! Fantastic views of the coastline no matter what time of the year and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Scott M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss out on the drive,If you have a day or two to spend. We started in Sanfracisco / San Jose and drove down to LA. We stopped at Monterrey, Big Sur, Pfeiffer state park, Carmel by the sea, Garrapata beach and few places where...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Murugasamy L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The highway popularly known as CA1 begins in San Diego, at the southern end of the state, then travels north to the San Francisco. We travelled on it from Santa Cruz to SF. We had fantastic views of the sea while driving on the up...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After touring the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to San Simeon, my wife and I agreed that this the one of the most memorable must-do events in California. There are so many different and spectacular vistas. It is wonderful time to talk, admire, and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank StreetPretzel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I did a 9 day trip down the PCH beginning in San Francisco and ending in San Diego. I had read you needed way more time to see so many places but this was enough time with all the highlights we felt...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank jlm817
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

PCH is full of almost perfect coastal views. The real challenge is finding places to stop and soak it in. Far better if traveling south rather than north as the pulling over options are easier to grab from that side of the highway.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank CTPreview
Reviewed 14 February 2019

this is one of the best road trips ever. However the signs @ Carmel indicated the highway was open all the way to Hearst Castle. How ever just past Lucia the road was closed...short of the elephant seals @ Point Piedras Blancas and San Simeon...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Whateveryousaydear03
Reviewed 12 February 2019

Going from San Francisco to Los Angeles on Pacific CA 1 South was one of the best road trips I ever did, the view is amazing. Just be careful with fuel, because for a long period you are not seeing gas station on the way...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paulyana G
Reviewed 12 February 2019

Our family flew into San Francisco at Christmas time and spent two nights exploring the city. We then rented an RV and traveled the PCH down to Marina Del Rey where we spent three nights exploring Los Angeles. The PCH is an experience I will...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Stacey S
Reviewed 11 February 2019

This is some of the most dramatic & picturesque views along any highway we have ever seen. There is something to see around every curve. You need to have patience when driving this highway. Take your time & stop at the scenic overlooks as you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank thehappytravelors
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18 March 2019|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi I suggest using Google Maps and also asking on the California state forum. As Los Angeles is vast and traffic is 'challenging', you'll want to include the exact starting place as well as the day & time of day for your... More
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Response from Dave P | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t motor home, we drove in an SUV.
22 February 2019|
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Response from FrequentTripster | Reviewed this property |
Assuming you want to take the 1/101 the nonstop is around 30 hours. If you want to stop in LA and SF, these are 2 days each. The San Simeon and Monterry stops are an additional day each. You would likely want to stop on... More