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Running along the northern California coast, this highway has some of the best views of any in the United States.
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147161, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Drove solo the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) and the pacific coast highway 101 from Ventura CA way up to Forks WA in 6 days. Amazing experience. Beautiful scenery and landscapes. Trip of a lifetime. So many different vegetation, views and colors to experience. Lots...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank lyndabN6595MB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The breathtaking scenery of the beautiful Central Coastline of California always amazes me. I had to stop several times when safety slows to take each available curve in.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Vasquez-Spencer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Taking the 101 from Crescent City to San Diego - the whole deal!! Early on in the trip, but so far it is beautiful and amazing! Found some beautiful hotels along the way and more then happy to share those name with y'all (Not to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank CatherineM954
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The potential for spectacular views of the California coast exist but may be clouded by coastal fog.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Doug K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not as great as I had hoped and difficult to see much dealing with all the traffic, but it was a nice drive up to Ventura through Malibu.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Sprake66
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We began our drive in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. We drove the Avenue of the Giants which is through the coastal redwood forest. We picked up Highway 1 at Legget CA. and drove the PCH to Dana Point CA. My only disappointment was the coastal...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank chalkdust2009
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Highway 1 along the edge of the Pacific Coast is an terrific experience. I love visiting some of the wonderful areas between Los Osos and Monterey. Near Los Osos (just south of Morro Bay) is Montana de Oro where fingers of rock stick out into...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank nabfoto
Reviewed 16 September 2019

Beautiful drive. Outstanding views of the ocean, and cliffs. Just take your time and enjoy. If you are not in a hurry take this route, you will not regret it.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Susan G
Reviewed 14 September 2019

PCH between Cambria and Big Sur is world famous for a reason. Bless the intrepid highway engineers that not only designed and built this magic carpet ride, but maintain it notwithstanding the constant onslaught of maritime and geologic forces. I enjoyed a morning drive along...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank William M
Reviewed 4 September 2019 via mobile

Drove the PCH southbound from Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo. Wow, what a spectacular trip. Every bend in the road (and there were hundreds) revealed a new incredible vista to view. Lots of pull off spots to allow you to stretch your legs and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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18 October 2019|
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Response from Dilly4472 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. So difficult to answer this question as everyone has different interests and ideas of what is a 'top spot' to see. As regards where to stay we did a similar trip last May taking 8 days and stopped in Monterey, Morro Bay... More
11 October 2019|
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Response from Mimie W | Reviewed this property |
Hubby and I completed the PCH this year. Really beautiful drive just before you enter Malibu and Santa Monica, where it's very congested. Point Lobos national park in Carmel is good for nature/photography. Big Sur is... More
4 October 2019|
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Response from Dilly4472 | Reviewed this property |
In our opinion I wouldn't say that that section of the coast was particularly scenic. Yes, some nice views but no great sights. Best part of PCH is further north. Inland near Santa Ynez is Solvang which is worth a stop for a... More