We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Experience for Yourself
More Info
US$99.00*
and up
Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour
More Info
US$45.00*
and up
Malibu Stars' Homes Tour
More Info
US$59.99*
and up
Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour by Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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%
Travellers talk about
“hearst castle” (119 reviews)
“san simeon” (114 reviews)
“elephant seals” (106 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
147161, CA
CONTACT
Website
Write a Review
Reviews (1,371)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,371 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

This road is amazing to travel. The beauty is spellbinding! The changing colors of the ocean, the cliffs, the Bixby Bridge, the gorgeous colors on the cliffs due to flowers, cactus, grasses, etc. all combine to make it a memorable drive. We drove from Carmel...More

Thank Patty J
Reviewed 1 week ago

I and my wife drove from Los Angeles till San Fransisco. A large part of the highway was closed due to the land slide (from Ragged Point till Big Sur), but we were still happy that we took the highway for whatever was open. This...More

2  Thank Arun N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pacific Coast Highway is an experience which everyone should have on their bucket list. The scenery varies a lot and is really something special. It’s very difficult to decide the best part of the road among the charming bridges, the numerous view points, the tunnels,...More

2  Thank Joky80
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be aware of road closures from Big Sur to Ragged Point. There's a 100 mile detour due to landslides and we were informed by locals that this will be in place for years due to a 200 yard bridge completely gone! You will have to...More

8  Thank ToniS1975
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got a white convertible mustang to do the drive as it was our honeymoon and wanted a treat. It was a fantastic car and very easy to drive and worth the expense. We had to pay a little more to drop off at Los...More

2  Thank deleeski
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

The Pacific coast highway is incredible as all of the reviews say. As of now, the road is closed at several points. You cannot drive it along the whole way due to repair work so you must take the decidedly less interesting 101 to drive...More

5  Thank wavi
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We drove southbound along the Pacific Coast Highway on the part of our road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Fortunately, when we travelled in early June 2016, the road was open for its complete length albeit with the occasional single direction traffic control...More

1  Thank Allan S
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

It's a lovely drive. We enjoyed this scenic drive. It was very windy when we went. The highway is closed after Big Sir due to some construction work.

1  Thank Maithili S
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Our family of six (ages 6 to 60-ish) traveled as much of PCH as we could of while doing our family trip in California. We started out near Muir Woods and made our way down to L.A. Unfortunately, there was a huge fire near Big...More

1  Thank Shawni_and_Buck
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

We took the 101 from Oregon to Northern California. We are very happy we took this highway instead of the interstate. What a beautiful drive! Many opportunities to pull of the road and check out the beaches or the viewpoints.

Thank Breanna J
Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
Eat Chow
139 reviews
.94 km away
Cappy's Cafe
142 reviews
1.10 km away
Cucina Alessa
81 reviews
.61 km away
Spaghetti Bender
89 reviews
.94 km away
Nearby Attractions
Orange Coast Winery
18 reviews
2.16 km away
Lions Park
9 reviews
3.37 km away
Learn To Surf
49 reviews
1.82 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
maxbob
Hello again: I hate being repetitive , but as my trip nears is there any updated info regarding bridge & road closures on HWAY1 from San Francisco to Hearst Castle? Also what are the MUST SEE sights within that drive? Thanks in advance.BOB
16 May 2017|
Answer
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi The folks who live on the California coast are keeping everyone updated on the California state forum page. I highly recommend that you read their information and ask your specific questions on that forum. There are no... More
0
Votes
Vivian H
Hi I will be going from los Angeles to San Francisco on the 12th of June stopping in cambria for the night. I am planning to take highway 1 for the scenery and I've seen reports that roads will be closed. I was wondering if it will effect my drive from Los Angeles to cambria/cambria to Monterey (planning on stopping by big sur/bridge then to Monterey bay & Santa Cruz. Then head to SF after dinner. Could anyone help me with which highway I should take with the most scenery/rest stops where we can get out of the car and take pictures...? It would be great if someone could help me, thanks!
10 May 2017|
Answer Show all 4 answers
Response from supuvjmom | Reviewed this property |
Agree with other reviewers plus there was another major landslide so check with CA DOT
0
Votes
maxbob
I have been informed that there are road closures & bridge rebuilding on HWY1 . I am travelling on that route this summer from San Francisco to Hearst Castle & back. I would appreciate all relevant information regarding this trip including the closures as well as the MUST SEE features.Also how many & where are the exits that allow inland diversion? Thanks in advance for your imput.
12 April 2017|
Answer
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi This is a common question on the California state forum page. Start with the Hwy 1 topics about Hwy 1. Decide which 'attractions' appeal to you. (My MUST DO list would be kayak in the Elkhorn Slough, but my sister's... More
0
Votes