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Planning a Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

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Is there anything more quintessentially American than the Pacific Coast Highway road trip? It’s an item that was on my bucket list for the last decade, so I’m glad to finally have checked it off. Although the trip wasn’t without its hiccups (you may have read about road washouts in this area), it’s a trip everyone should do at some point. The winding roads, prehistoric-looking forests, and dramatic cliffs are all part of the appeal. While I visited most of the places in this guide, some are based on research because of the previously mentioned weather conditions.

Planning Your Road Trip

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Before you book your flight, first decide how long you want your trip to be and what destinations you’ll visit. It took us a few days, but I could easily have taken an entire month, stopping for a few days at each destination. Also, consider if you’ll do the whole highway or just segments. The most popular route is from San Francisco to Los Angeles, but you can also do a few days before turning back if you’re short on time, as we were.

And don’t forget to consider how you want to do it. Staying in luxury hotels, hostels or camping? Renting a car is almost required, so make sure you know how to drive (!) and can legally drive in the United States. Rent a car from a major city like San Francisco or Los Angeles to save money. I’ve found good deals on the AAA website as a member. You can also rent a campervan, staying at campsites along the way. Escape Campervans is just one company that operates here, along with Jucy.

When packing for a road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway, be prepared for just about any weather. I visited in February and it wasn’t too cold, but rained almost constantly. Layers are your friend, especially if you’ll be camping. Phone service can be spotty, so have backup plans like these old fashioned things called maps. Road closures are also common, or they were on our trip, so be prepared to find alternative routes. It’s smart to have AAA in the case of car troubles. Unless you’re visiting during the summer, high season, you likely won’t need to book each night’s accommodation in advance but have a few phone numbers written down.

Essential Road Trip Stops

North of San Francisco

Technically, the Pacific Coast Highway, or Highway 1, starts north of San Francisco closer to Mendocino. Since there’s not a major airport at the start, many people head south, but there are some unique towns to see in the north.

Bodega Bay and Bodega
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Bodega

I recently wrote a post about the towns featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. The towns have a few attractions, including the Potter Schoolhouse, Bodega Bay Trailhead, and The Children’s Bell TowerThe Tides (Bodega Bay) is a favorite eatery in the area. Dinucci’s Italian Dinners in Valley Ford is worth a detour. Stay at The Inn at The Tides or at the campground near the bell tower. For more tips on visiting Bodega, see my guide here.

Point Reyes Peninsula
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Point Reyes

The small towns in this area are worth exploring, including Point Reyes Station, Tomales, and Iverness, but most people pass through to visit the Point Reyes National Seashore for hiking and wildlife spotting. Point Reyes Lighthouse is a stunning photo op, especially when the fog rolls in. HI Point Reyes Hostel is one of the only places to stay unless you’re camping, but Nick’s Cove has cabins. The park has a few backcountry campsites with modest facilities. The National Parks System has an extensive list of restaurant recommendations in the area, including Tomales Bay Oyster Co., Nicks Cove, and The Cowgirl Cantina.

Sausalito

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Credit: Miwok

Just across the bay from San Francisco, Sausalito is a charming town that’s the perfect base for exploring Muir Woods National Monument and Marin Headlands. Stop by the marina and the downtown shops. Scoma’s Sausalito has the best views of the city and fresh seafood. Sandrino Pizza & Vino and Le Garage are also favorites. Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa is a stylish hotel near the beach. HI Marin Headlands Hostel is a cozy hostel with both private and dorm rooms in historic buildings overlooking the headlands. There are also a number of campgrounds within the Marin Headlands.

San Francisco and Surrounds

The San Francisco and Bay area is the perfect stopover for a few days. It’s easy to get caught up in the Fog City but wander to Berkeley and Oakland for the full experience. San Jose makes for another nice stop if you need to get off the highway, as do the wineries around Napa and Sonoma.

San Francisco
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San Francisco

The “city by the bay” has plenty to offer travelers, especially its unique neighborhoods like North Beach and the Mission. Give yourself a few days to explore the tourist side, including the Ferry Building, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Coit Tower, the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are also worth a visit. Shop at City Lights Bookstore and Book Passage, two notable bookstores. You can also tour Anchor Brewing Company and 21st Amendment Brewery. When you’re hungry, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bad place to eat. Brenda’s French Soul FoodPizzeria DelfinaRose’s Cafe, Tin Vietnamese Cuisine, and Tacolicious are just a few of my favorites from visits over the years. Also, catch the Off the Grid food truck events around town. There’s also an accommodation option for everyone. The Dylan at SFO is ideal for travelers staying on a layover while InterContinental San Francisco is well-located luxury. Hostelling International operates some truly unique properties, including Hostelling International-San Francisco City CenterHI Downtown San Francisco, and Fisherman’s Wharf. USA Hostel and Green Tortoise Hostel are also popular for budget travelers. AirBnB is an extremely popular option with plenty of properties to choose from. You can even camp at Rob Hill Campground in the Presidio! For more tips on visiting San Francisco, see my guide here.

San Jose
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San Jose

The gateway to Silicon Valley, you’d be surprised at the unique attractions in San Jose. Winchester Mystery House is just one, owned by a former rifle magnate who felt haunted by those killed by the guns. She continued work on her house for most of her life until her death. San Jose Museum of Art is one of the city’s cultural offerings along with the scenic Japanese Friendship GardenIntel Museum is just one of the museums devoted to the history of Silicon Valley and its companies. Cafe Stritch combines craft beer and live music while Adega is a casual Portuguese eatery. Hotel De Anza and The Row Hotel are two chic independent hotels, but you’ll find just about every chain here as well. Joseph D. Grant County Park outside of town has camping facilities.

San Francisco to Monterey

South of San Francisco, the landscapes start to change. You still have dramatic cliffs and beaches unfit for swimming, but the tall buildings and city noises fade away.

Half Moon Bay
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Half Moon Bay

One of the first stops south of San Francisco and the greater Silicon Valley area is Half Moon Bay, a quiet beach area with a few state parks and resorts. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is on one end of the spectrum, while the budget-friendly Comfort Inn Half Moon Bay is on the other. You can go to the Ritz to look around, walk down to the beach, and have a meal if you mention it at the gate. Comfort Inn was a short drive from the beach and included breakfast. There’s plenty of options in between like Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel, located nearby. The beaches in question include Roosevelt Beach and Dunes Beach. Joe’s is a roadside diner with breakfast all day. Grab wine and tapas from Seville Tapas or eat in a former train car at Dad’s LuncheonetteHop Dogma Brewing Co. and Half Moon Bay Brewing Company are the area’s craft breweries. Cycling, golf, spas and visiting wineries are the main attractions, but there’s also the Half Moon Bay Distillery and Half Moon Bay Art Glass, where you can see glass blowing.

Pescadero
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HI Pigeon Point

Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel is one of the most unique places you’re likely to sleep on the Pacific Coast Highway. The historic lighthouse has a museum as well as dorms and private rooms. Costanoa offers glamping as well as a spa and restaurant. Cook on your own or venture out for food at Duarte’s Tavern. Browse for produce and dairy at Pie Ranch or Harley Farms Goat Dairy. Highway 1 Brewing Company sells brews with a view. Go in search of elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Park and the tide pools at Pescadero State Beach.

Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz

Laid-back Santa Cruz is a popular college town known for its bustling downtown with independent shops and restaurants. Make the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk your first stop, where you’ll find shops, restaurants, rides, and a loud family of seals snoozing below. Santa Cruz Surfing Museum details the history of the sport, while you can also get out on the water with Chardonnay sailing charters. Mount Hermon Adventures has ropes courses for the whole family. Browse the selection at Sockshop & Shoe Company and Bookshop Santa CruzNatural Bridges State Beach has a stunning vista point worth a quick photo op. You’ll have no difficulty finding something to eat and drink in Santa Cruz. New Bohemia Brewing Co. is just one of the town’s breweries. Betty Burgers is a vintage-inspired burger joint. Saturn Cafe crafts hearty vegetarian fare and weekend brunch, while Caffe Pergolesi is a beloved local coffee shop in a Victorian home. Grab some pastries and sandwiches at Kelly’s French BakerySoif is the perfect spot to end your night with a glass of wine. Stay in one of the chic oceanview rooms at Santa Cruz Dream Inn or the boardwalk-adjacent Carousel Beach InnHotel Paradox, Autograph Collection is on the luxury end of the scale, while HI-Santa Cruz is best for any budget. Camp at Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park or Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday.

Monterey to San Luis Obispo

There’s no shortage of cute towns in this stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway. Some are worth a short detour while others allow you to linger longer. We couldn’t get from Notley’s Landing to Ragged Point because of the roads but still saw plenty.

Monterey
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Monterey

Most recently seen on HBO’s Big Little Lies and in one of John Steinbeck’s classic novels, Monterey is equal parts tourist district and locals area. Browse the shops of Cannery Row, the former sardine canning district, The Wharf Marketplace, and visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Tickets are steep, so get the AAA rate. A free trolley takes you around town, specifically to the Old Fisherman’s Wharf, where the whale watching tours leave from. I recommend Princess Whale Watching, but bring your motion sickness tablets! When you’re ready to get out of town, spend the $10 to make the 17 Mile Dr, which winds through Pebble Beach. Start your day with a bite from Cafe LumiereOld Monterey Cafe, or First AwakeningsAlvarado Street Brewery & Tasting Room serves house-brewed beer and elevated bar food. Whaling Station Steakhouse is ideal for a nice night out, which you should top off with Revival Ice Cream. Sample area wines at A Taste of Monterey – Wine Market & Bistro. Stay in luxury in the heart of it all at InterContinental The Clement Monterey, a short walk from the aquarium. Inn By The Bay Monterey is cozy and quaint, while HI – Monterey has dorm rooms and a guest kitchen. Monterey Veterans Memorial Park has campsites and trails.

Carmel-by-the-Sea
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Carmel

Carmel is the next place you’ll stop, much smaller than Monterey, but easily walkable. Check out the shops in town and stop for a bite. La Bicyclette is cozy and French-inspired, as is Lafayette Bakery & Cafe. Grab a jolt at Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting CoHog´s Breath Inn was owned by Clint Eastwood for over two decades. For a nice dinner out, there’s no finer place than Aubergine at L’Auberge Carmel. Taste local wines at Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery and Smith Family Wines tasting room. Refuge offers luxury treatments and hot pools when you’re tired from hiking and exploring. Drive south to the Bixby Creek Bridge and Point Lobos. Spend the night in town at one of Carmel’s inns, like Carmel Wayfarer Inn or The Vagabond House. Camp at Garland Ranch Regional Park.

Big Sur

Big Sur, CA #4

Credit: Henrique Pinto

While I didn’t make it to Big Sur, I researched places I wanted to go beforehand. So these are a few places I’ll check out next time. Point Sur has a famous lighthouse that can be viewed on a moonlight tour. Andrew Molera State Park and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are closed until further notice, but hopefully will be accessible soon. Henry Miller Memorial Library is devoted to the life of the writer. Soak in Tassajara Hot Springs, a zen facility inland from Big Sur. There’s no better view than Nepenthe, which has been open since 1949 for fresh California cuisine. Parker-Lusseau Pastries has locations all around the coast, but  Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant is another favorite, although closed because of the roads. Stay in the unique resorts that are meant for rest and relaxation. Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn has been a Pacific Coast Highway stopover since the 1930s. Big Sur River Inn has both lodging and a restaurant andVentana Inn & Spa is an adults-only resort. Esalen is a retreat known for its sulfur baths and workshops. Treebones Resort has funky yurts and tents. Camping is also a popular option, although it depends on if the roads are open. Big Sur Campground & Cabins and Ventana Campground both have both sites and cabins.

San Simeon
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San Simeon

The main attraction to the town of San Simeon is Hearst Castle, the home of William Randolph Hearst. It sits atop a breathtaking hill and has acres of wild animals. Go on one of the home tours and learn about the family at the visitor’s center. SEBASTIAN’S is on the northern side of town but is a tourist favorite. Sea Chest Restaurant is kitschy but serves fresh seafood. The Morgan at San Simeon has all the amenities for an overnight stay. You can also camp at San Simeon State Park.

Morro Bay
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Morro Bay

A hidden gem on highway 1, Morro Bay is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Morro Rock is the first thing you see, a massive rock made from an extinct volcano. Rent a kayak or paddleboard to paddle around the bay or walk around town in search of souvenirs. MCV Wines is one of the better tasting rooms in town. The French dip sandwiches at Hofbrau der Albatross came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Opt for a healthy meal at Kravabowl with juices and acai bowls. The Libertine Pub brews beer and kombucha and also has a restaurant. Gray’s Inn and Gallery overlooks the water and also has its own art gallery. Embarcadero Inn is stylishly decorated with bay view rooms. There are a number of campgrounds to stay in, but Bay Pines RV Park and Morro Bay State Park both have space for RVs and tents.

San Luis Obispo
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San Luis Obispo

Funky San Luis Obispo is like nowhere else on the coast. Hearst Castle is a short drive away, but closer to town, check out the Bubblegum Alley, pictured above, before browsing downtown shops like Ruby Rose and Ambiance Clothing BoutiqueSan Luis Obispo Museum of Art has a diverse collection and is the perfect rainy day activity. Visit the nearby Paso Robles wineries or venture out on a hike to Bishop Peak. There’s no shortage of delicious eateries downtown. Grab breakfast at House of Bagels Central CoastLinnaea’s Cafe is a beloved garden cafe offering fresh organic vegetarian and vegan fare. Novo Restaurant & Lounge is a pet-friendly establishment with global cuisine and craft beverages. For cozy cocktails, brunch, and dinner, head to Sidecar. There’s nowhere better to stay the night than Madonna Inn Resort & Spa, an offbeat hotel and spa located on the bike trail to downtown. HI San Luis Obispo feels and looks like home. Camp at any one of the county parks, including Coastal Dunes RV Park & Campground.

San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles

While our trip ended in San Luis Obispo, where we headed back north to San Fransisco, you can also continue south to Los Angeles. Along the way, take in the Scandinavian town of Solvang and relaxing Santa Barbara. Check out the beaches of Pismo BeachSanta Monica, and Malibu before arriving in the city.
Los Angeles

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles has plenty of attractions for visitors, especially those interested in television and film. Explore the city’s unique neighborhoods, like Koreatown, Santa Monica, and VeniceKodak TheatreMann’s Chinese Theater, and El Capitan Theatre are worth a photo op. Griffith Observatory was featured in Rebel Without a Cause as well as recently in La La Land. Take a film noir tour with Esotouric or go to a Dodgers game. There’s also no shortage of museums to explore. Dine in an LA classic like Philippe the Original, home of the French dip, or Mexican favorites at Mission CantinaChego by chef Roy Choi is another favorite. Stay at one of the city’s hip hostels like the new The Freehand Los AngelesUSA Hostels Hollywood has free pancakes for breakfast and Hostelling International Santa Monica is just one of the brand’s locations in the city. Hostels are also found in Fullerton and Venice. Ace Hotel Los Angeles is another favorite for its chic rooftop pool.

Continue south to Orange County’s stunning beaches, like Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Or play in San Diego.

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    Attraction in Sonoma County California

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    2080 Cabrillo Hwy
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    701 W Cliff Dr
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    Hotel in Santa Cruz County California

    17 Conference Dr
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    1520 Pacific Ave.
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    2531 W Cliff Dr
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  71. Saturn Cafe
    Attraction in Santa Cruz California

    145 Laurel St
    Santa Cruz California
  72. Caffe Pergolesi
    Restaurant in Santa Cruz County California

    418 Cedar St
    Santa Cruz County California
    (831) 426-1775
    http://www.theperg.com/
  73. Kelly's French Bakery
    Restaurant in Santa Cruz California

    402 Ingalls St
    Santa Cruz California
    (831) 423-9059
  74. Soif
    Restaurant in Santa Cruz County California

    105 Walnut Ave
    Santa Cruz County California
    (831) 423-2020
    http://www.soifwine.com/
  75. Santa Cruz Dream Inn
    Attraction in Santa Cruz California
  76. Carousel Beach Inn
    Hotel in Santa Cruz County California

    110 Riverside Ave
    Santa Cruz County California
    (831) 425-7090
    http://carousel-beach-inn.com/
  77. Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday
    Hotel in Santa Cruz County California

    1186 San Andreas Rd
    Santa Cruz County California
    (831) 722-0551
    http://koa.com/campgrounds/santa-cruz/
  78. Cannery Row
    Monterey County California

    Cannery Row
    Monterey County California
  79. The Wharf Marketplace
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    290 Figueroa St
    Monterey County California
    (831) 649-1116
    http://www.thewharfmarketplace.com/
  80. Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Attraction in Monterey

    886 Cannery Row
    Monterey
    http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/
  81. Old Fisherman's Wharf
    Attraction in Monterey County California

    6 Fishermans Wharf
    Monterey County California
    http://www.montereywharf.com/
  82. 17 Mile Dr
    Monterey County California

    17 Mile Dr
    Monterey County California
  83. Cafe Lumiere
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    365 Calle Principal
    Monterey County California
    (831) 920-2451
    http://cafelumieremonterey.com/
  84. Old Monterey Cafe
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    489 Alvarado St
    Monterey County California
    (831) 646-1021
  85. First Awakenings
    Restaurant in Pacific Grove California

    125 Ocean View Blvd
    Pacific Grove California
    (831) 372-1125
  86. Alvarado Street Brewery & Tasting Room
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    1315 Dayton St
    Monterey County California
    (831) 800-3332
    http://www.alvaradostreetbrewery.com/
  87. Whaling Station Steakhouse
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    763 Wave St
    Monterey County California
    (831) 373-3778
    http://www.whalingstationmonterey.com/
  88. Revival Ice Cream
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    463 Alvarado St
    Monterey County California
    (831) 747-2113
    http://www.revivalicecream.com/
  89. A Taste of Monterey - Wine Market & Bistro
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    700 Cannery Row
    Monterey County California
    (831) 646-5446
    http://www.tastemonterey.com/
  90. Inn By The Bay Monterey
    Hotel in Monterey County California

    936 Munras Ave
    Monterey County California
    (831) 372-5409
    http://www.innbythebaymonterey.com/
  91. HI - Monterey
    Hotel in Monterey California

    778 Hawthorne St
    Monterey California
    (831) 649-0375
    http://www.hiusa.org/monterey
  92. La Bicyclette
    Restaurant in Carmel California

    Dolores St.
    Carmel California
  93. Lafayette Bakery & Cafe
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    3659 The Barnyard
    Monterey County California
    (831) 915-6286
    http://www.lafayettebakery.com/
  94. Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Co
    Restaurant in Monterey County California
  95. Hog´s Breath Inn
    Restaurant in Carmel California

    Carmel California
  96. Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    Monte Verde St & 7th Ave,
    Monterey County California
    (831) 624-8578
    http://auberginecarmel.com/
  97. Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    19 E Carmel Valley Rd
    Monterey County California
    (831) 659-2640
    http://www.holmanranch.com/
  98. Refuge
    Attraction in Monterey County California

    27300 Rancho San Carlos Rd
    Monterey County California
    (831) 620-7360
    http://www.refuge.com/
  99. Bixby Creek Bridge
    Monterey County California

    Bixby Creek Bridge
    Monterey County California
  100. Point Lobos
    Monterey County California

    Point Lobos
    Monterey County California
  101. Carmel Wayfarer Inn
    Hotel in Monterey County California

    Mission St
    Monterey County California
    (831) 624-2711
  102. Garland Ranch Regional Park
    Attraction in Monterey County California

    700 W Carmel Valley Rd
    Monterey County California
    http://www.mprpd.org/garland-ranch-regional-park
  103. Point Sur
    Attraction in Monterey County California

    Monterey County California
  104. Andrew Molera State Park
    Attraction in Big Sur California

    Big Sur California
    (831) 667-2315
    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=582
  105. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
    Attraction in Big Sur California

    65084 Highway 1
    Big Sur California
  106. Henry Miller Memorial Library
    Attraction in Big Sur California

    48603 CA-1
    Big Sur California
    (831) 667-2574
    http://www.henrymiller.org/
  107. Tassajara Hot Springs
    City in California

    Monterey County California
  108. Nepenthe
    Restaurant in Big Sur California

    48510 Highway 1
    Big Sur California
    (831) 667-2345
  109. Parker-Lusseau Pastries
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    731 Munras Ave
    Monterey County California
    (831) 643-0300
    http://www.parker-lusseau.com/
  110. Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant
    Restaurant in Big Sur California

    Big Sur California
  111. Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
    Hotel in Big Sur California

    48865 California 1
    Big Sur California
    (831) 667-2377
    http://www.deetjens.com/
  112. Big Sur River Inn
    Restaurant in Big Sur California

    46840 CA-1
    Big Sur California
    (831) 667-2700
    http://www.bigsurriverinn.com/
  113. Ventana Inn & Spa
    Hotel in Big Sur California

    48123 California 1
    Big Sur California
    (831) 667-2331
    http://ventanainn.com/
  114. Esalen
    Attraction in Big Sur California

    55000 Highway 1
    Big Sur California
  115. Treebones Resort
    Hotel in Big Sur California

    Big Sur California
  116. Big Sur Campground & Cabins
    Attraction in Monterey County California

    47000 CA-1
    Monterey County California
    (831) 667-2322
    http://www.bigsurcamp.com/
  117. Ventana Campground
    Hotel in Big Sur California

    48123 California 1
    Big Sur California
    (831) 667-2331
    http://www.ventanacampground.com
  118. Hearst Castle Rd
    San Luis Obispo County California

    Hearst Castle Rd
    San Luis Obispo County California
  119. SEBASTIAN'S
    Attraction in San Simeon California

    442 Slo San Simeon Rd
    San Simeon California
    (805) 927-3307
  120. Sea Chest Restaurant
    Restaurant in San Luis Obispo County California

    6216 Moonstone Beach Dr
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 927-4514
    http://www.seachestrestaurant.com/
  121. The Morgan at San Simeon
    Hotel in San Luis Obispo County California

    9135 Hearst Dr
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 927-3878
    http://www.hotel-morgan.com/
  122. San Simeon State Park
    San Luis Obispo County California

    San Simeon State Park
    San Luis Obispo County California
  123. Morro Rock
    Attraction in Morro Bay California

    Morro Bay California
  124. MCV Wines
    Restaurant in San Luis Obispo County California

    845 Embarcadero
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 712-4647
    http://www.mcvwines.com/
  125. Hofbrau der Albatross
    Restaurant in San Luis Obispo County California

    901 Embarcadero
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 772-2411
    http://www.hofbraumorrobay.com/
  126. Kravabowl
    Restaurant in San Luis Obispo County California

    500 Morro Bay Blvd
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 538-8946
    http://www.kravabowl.com/
  127. The Libertine Pub
    Restaurant in Morro Bay California

    801 Embarcadero
    Morro Bay California
    (805) 772-0700
    http://www.thelibertinepub.com/
  128. Gray's Inn and Gallery
    Hotel in San Luis Obispo County California

    561 Embarcadero
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 772-3911
    http://www.graysinnandgallery.com/
  129. Embarcadero Inn
    Hotel in Morro Bay California

    456 Embarcadero
    Morro Bay California
  130. Morro Bay State Park
    Attraction in San Luis Obispo California

    Morro Bay State Park
    San Luis Obispo California
  131. Bubblegum Alley
    Attraction in San Luis Obispo California

    733 Higuera St
    San Luis Obispo California
  132. Ruby Rose
    Attraction in San Luis Obispo County California

    1235 Monterey St
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 545-7964
    http://www.rubyrose805.com/
  133. Ambiance Clothing Boutique
    Attraction in San Luis Obispo County California

    737 Higuera St
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 540-3380
    http://www.shopambiance.com/
  134. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
    Attraction in San Luis Obispo County California

    1010 Broad St
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 543-8562
    http://www.sloma.org/
  135. Bishop Peak
    Attraction in San Luis Obispo California

    San Luis Obispo California
  136. House of Bagels Central Coast
    Restaurant in San Luis Obispo County California

    158 Higuera St
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 594-1818
    http://www.houseofbagelscc.com/
  137. Linnaea's Cafe
    Restaurant in San Luis Obispo County California

    1110 Garden St
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 541-5888
    http://www.linnaeas.com/
  138. Novo Restaurant & Lounge
    Restaurant in San Luis Obispo

    726 Higuera St.
    San Luis Obispo
  139. Sidecar
    Restaurant in San Luis Obispo County California

    1127 Broad St
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 540-5340
    http://www.sidecarslo.com/
  140. Madonna Inn Resort & Spa
    Hotel in San Luis Obispo California

    100 Madonna Road
    San Luis Obispo California
    http://gowalla.com/spots/305985
  141. Coastal Dunes RV Park & Campground
    Attraction in San Luis Obispo County California

    1001 Pacific Blvd
    San Luis Obispo County California
    (805) 781-4900
    http://www.slocountyparks.org/
  142. Solvang
    City in California

    Solvang California
  143. Santa Barbara
    City in California

    Santa Barbara California
  144. Pismo Beach
    City in California

    Pismo Beach California
  145. Santa Monica
    City in California

    Santa Monica California
  146. Malibu
    City in California

    Malibu California
  147. Kodak Theatre
    Attraction in Hollywood California

    6801 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood California
    (323) 308-6300
    http://www.kodaktheatre.com
  148. Mann's Chinese Theater
    Attraction in Hollywood California

    6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood California
    (323) 464-6266
    http://www.chinesetheatres.com
  149. El Capitan Theatre
    Attraction in Los Angeles California

    6838 Hollywood Blvd
    Los Angeles California
    (818) 845-3110
  150. Griffith Observatory
    Attraction in

  151. Philippe the Original
    Restaurant in Los Angeles California

    1001 N Alameda St
    Los Angeles California
    (213) 628-3781
    http://www.philippes.com
  152. Mission Cantina
    Restaurant in Los Angeles County California

    5946 Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles County California
    (323) 469-3130
    http://www.themissioncantina.com/
  153. Chego
    Restaurant in LA California

    727 N Broadway
    LA California
    (323) 380-8680
    http://www.eatchego.com/
  154. The Freehand Los Angeles
    Restaurant in Los Angeles County California

    416 W 8th St
    Los Angeles County California
    (213) 612-0021
    http://freehandhotels.com/los-angeles/
  155. USA Hostels Hollywood
    Hotel in Los Angeles

    1624 Schrader Blvd
    Los Angeles
  156. Hostelling International Santa Monica
    Hotel in Santa Monica

    1436 2nd St
    Santa Monica
  157. Ace Hotel Los Angeles
    Hotel in Los Angeles California

    929 S Broadway
    Los Angeles California
  158. Huntington Beach
    City in California

    Huntington Beach California
  159. Newport Beach
    City in California

    Newport Beach California
  160. Laguna Beach
    City in California

    Laguna Beach California
  161. San Diego
    City in California

    San Diego California

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One Response to Planning a Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

  1. KareninCalabria May 2, 2017 at 6:20 pm #

    Beautiful drive – so much to see, but it can be a little scary with the drop-offs on the curvy coastline. Definitely something to do in a relaxed fashion.

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