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The Pacific Coast Highway (aka Highway 1 or 'PCH') is considered to be one of America's most famous highways (probably taking a not so close second to 'route 66'). Stretching from the southern tip of [[Baja California]] to the top of the Olympic peninsula, the highway is approximately 2500 miles in length.  A two week drive from [[San Diego]] to [[Redwood National Forest]] in Northern California makes for a great travel itinerary.
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The Pacific Coast Highway (aka Highway 1 or 'PCH') is considered to be one of America's most famous highways (probably taking a not so close second to [[Route 66]]). Stretching from the southern tip of [[Baja California]] to the top of the Olympic peninsula, the highway is approximately 2500 miles in length.  A two week drive from [[San Diego]] to [[Redwood National Forest]] in Northern California makes for a great travel itinerary.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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==Cities and Towns==
 
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(South to North)
 
* [[San Diego]]
 
* [[San Diego]]
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* [[Del Mar]]
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* [[Solana Beach]]
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* [[Encinitas]]
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* [[Carlsbad (California)|Carlsbad]]
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* [[Oceanside]]
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* [[San Clemente]]
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* [[Dana Point]]
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* [[Laguna Beach]]
 
* [[Newport Beach]] (LA)
 
* [[Newport Beach]] (LA)
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* [[Huntington Beach]]
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* [[Long Beach]] (LA)
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* [[Redondo Beach]] (LA)
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* [[Hermosa Beach]] (LA)
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* [[Manhattan Beach]] (LA)
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* [[El Segundo]] (LA)
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* [[Marina del Rey]] (LA)
 
* [[Santa Monica]] (LA)
 
* [[Santa Monica]] (LA)
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* [[Malibu]]
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* [[Oxnard]]
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* [[Ventura]]
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* [[Carpinteria]]
 
* [[Santa Barbara]]
 
* [[Santa Barbara]]
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* [[Goleta]]
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* [[Lompoc]]
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* [[Grover Beach]]
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* [[Pismo Beach]]
 
* [[San Luis Obispo]]
 
* [[San Luis Obispo]]
 
* [[Morro Bay]]
 
* [[Morro Bay]]
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* [[Cambria]]
 
* [[San Simeon]] (Hearst Castle)
 
* [[San Simeon]] (Hearst Castle)
 
* [[Big Sur]] (Most Scenic Section)
 
* [[Big Sur]] (Most Scenic Section)
 
* [[Carmel (California)|Carmel]]
 
* [[Carmel (California)|Carmel]]
 
* [[Monterey (California)|Monterey]]
 
* [[Monterey (California)|Monterey]]
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* [[Marina]]
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* [[Watsonville]]
 
* [[Santa Cruz (California)|Santa Cruz]]
 
* [[Santa Cruz (California)|Santa Cruz]]
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* [[Half Moon Bay]]
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* [[Pacifica]]
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* [[Daly City]]
 
* [[San Francisco]] (crossing the Golden Gate Bridge)
 
* [[San Francisco]] (crossing the Golden Gate Bridge)
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* [[Sausalito]]
 
* [[Point Reyes]]
 
* [[Point Reyes]]
 
* [[Fort Ross]]
 
* [[Fort Ross]]
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* [[Point Arena]]
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* [[Elk]]
 
* [[Mendocino]]
 
* [[Mendocino]]
* [[Humboldt]]
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* [[Fort Bragg]]
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* [[Garberville]]
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* [[Fortuna (California)|Fortuna]]
 
* [[Eureka]]
 
* [[Eureka]]
* [[Redwood National Forest]] - Worlds Tallest Trees
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* [[Arcata]]
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* [[McKinleyville]]
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* [[Redwood National Park]] - Worlds Tallest Trees
  
  
 
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{{related|United_States_of_America}}
 
{{related|California}}
 
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[[Wikipedia: California State Route 1]]
  
 
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Revision as of 21:43, 8 March 2008

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The Pacific Coast Highway (aka Highway 1 or 'PCH') is considered to be one of America's most famous highways (probably taking a not so close second to Route 66). Stretching from the southern tip of Baja California to the top of the Olympic peninsula, the highway is approximately 2500 miles in length. A two week drive from San Diego to Redwood National Forest in Northern California makes for a great travel itinerary.

Contents

Get around

  • Driving - That is the only way to travel this route. It used to be (as in 40 years ago) common to hitchhike the route but not anymore. Adventurous travelers could give it a shot and they would probably have more luck on the PCH than anywhere else in America.
  • Gas - Be aware that on the more rural segments of the road (particularly around Big Sur there can be long stretches where gas stations are not plentiful, and prices are considerably higher than in other parts of the country.

Do

  • See Individual Cities for things to do
  • California State Parks along Highway 1:

Eat

There are small towns along the way where you can fill up on groceries and eat at small diners

Drink

Stay safe

  • Rock slides - The Big Sur section of the PCH is renown for rock slides which can lead to delays when traveling
  • Storms - California weather is famously pleasant but when it rains it pours. Large storms that come in off the pacific are few and far between but when they come in it can make driving conditions precarious. Keep abreast of the weather.
  • Fog - The most likely hazardous condition, the PCH can get fogged in making driving conditions very hazardous.

Regions

Cities and Towns

Big Sur

(South to North)




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