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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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What can I say...it is a must do/se/experience sort of thing. Good place to get on Hwy on eis San Luis Obispo, best to take a break from it in Monterey. I have driven it many... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 February 2016
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Portola Hills, CA
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Portola Hills, CA
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

What can I say...it is a must do/se/experience sort of thing. Good place to get on Hwy on eis San Luis Obispo, best to take a break from it in Monterey. I have driven it many times, in all sorts of different weather conditions, and it was always fabulous. Be prepared, some drivers are not experienced with the many curves... More 

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San Fancisco Bay Region
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

Driving the Pacific Coast Highway is an unforgettable experience that delights the senses & refreshes the soul. It continues to give time after time, each experience being a new adventure. It is an expression of joy for the senses. It delights the photographer, the adventurer, the car enthusiast, the lover, the human being. By all means do it, see it,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

The United States' premier scenic roadway goes by many names: The Pacific Coast Highway (in southern California), Highway One (in Northern California), Shoreline Highway (in Marin County), and also referred to as the Coast Highway. A wonderful bicycle trip is Sausalito to San Diego (always bicycle north to south so that the wind will be mostly at your back). Driving... More 

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3 Thank MarshBruce
Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

Killer views, amazing bridges, Big Sur is just beautiful, the mountains, the redwoods, awesome drive itself. Not for the beginner driver as there are no guardrails in some corners with 100ft drops into the pacific...lol. Great winding corners for the advanced driver to have fun with. I would not recommend driving the PCH at night....unless you have to I guess.... More 

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reston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

While you could take shorter routes, if you have even just a little extra time, wouldn't you want to weave just a little bit more adventurously? Your passengers will love the views (as long as they aren't deathly afraid of a view high vistas), and even the driver gets an occasional safe glimpse of gorgeous Pacific waves. Sunset is a... More 

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Tuticorin, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

Do ask locals about the time the fog rolls in! We had made the mistake and had started real early. For Most of our drive, we could not see the beaches, due to heavy fog, rolling in from the sea. What we could see was breath taking! In India, beaches are not kept clean and hence the clean beaches of... More 

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Bakersfield, Ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

From 1970 until now when I go anywhere up North, I go up PCH...it is beautiful, breathtaking in places and gives you a taste of what California is all about. The inland route is faster, of course, but why hurry? Take the time to enjoy California and pick this as your route.

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

One of the best drives in the USA...especially the Northern to Central California Coast. The coastal views of the blue Pacific are beyond compare, with numerous beaches and state parks to explore. Fantastic offshore rock formations including arches make for splendid photographic subjects. Lots of great places to stay along the way from cozy B&B's to large hotels. Best views... More 

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

Beautiful vistas while driving "the long way". This is not a trip if you are in a hurry. This is for those that have some time and just want to "be". Whether it is for an intimate conversation or to see the great expanse of ocean. Sometimes a glimpse of dolphin frolicking or whales coming up for air during their... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

First visit to California and were told to avoid this leg of the journey and also to absolutely travel this route! We chose to be adventurous. Starting in San Francisco and ending in LA this took about 10 hours (lunch and photo stops). Some roads are perilous, narrowing at times with frightful curves but it's all part of the adventure.... More 

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