Driving
The Pacific Coast Highway:

Planning Your PCH Road Trip

CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS
The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which carries the Pacific Coast Highway in Big Sur, was closed in March 2017 after crumbling. It needs replacing, which may take a year.

Not long afterwards, a mudslide about 30 miles south of the bridge has also closed another part of the highway, also likely to be for a year. You can still drive most of the highway but will need to take a detour inland to get round the two obstructions, and you'll miss seeing one of the loveliest parts of the coast.

If you can delay your trip till 2018, that would be better, but if you have to make the drive before then you can still do it but get up-to-date information on the situation on the

Caltrans information page

UPDATE July 2017
A large portion of the mud slide has now been cleared but the road is still not open arund Big Sur. You can read the latest info here.


UPDATE September 2017
Mudslide won't be cleared till summer 2018.
Read Conde Nast Traveler

Get the information on making that PCH road trip right here.

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and much more, here at Pacific Coast Highway Travel!


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Top Sights

Maps

Driving Advice

Whale-Watching

Where to Stay

Wine Country

Gardens

Cycling

Guidebooks


Our recommended guide for
driving the Pacific coast:

Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip
(Moon Handbooks)


Don't miss this amazing video of two paddle boarders meeting four migrating gray whales at Laguna Beach


Read our Guest Blog:
West Coast America Road Trip

And read our own blog about the great
new travel sharing app:

Pearlshare


Mike and Donna are also the co-editors of the 101 USA Holidays website, which recommends the best US vacation experiences to UK holidaymakers.


Safety First and Foremost

The PCH is for everyone to enjoy - not just drivers but cyclists, walkers, and residents too. Take a look at this safety video and make sure everyone gets to enjoy the road:









Recent Articles

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    Sep 20, 17 07:50 AM

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  2. Highway 1 Won't Be Repaired Until Summer 2018

    Sep 14, 17 03:45 AM

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  3. Pictures of Santa Monica

    Sep 13, 17 04:48 AM

    Pictures of Santa Monica from Pacific Coast Highway Travel to help anyone thinking of staying in Santa Monica on their PCH drive.

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The Best PCH Guide
We've read lots of guides to the Pacific Coast, and easily the best one is the Moon Handbook. You can read our review here, or buy it through the Amazon link below.


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Our PCH Hotels Guide

PCH Travel's 2016 guide to Pacific Coast Highway hotels

To help you in choosing your Pacific Coast Highway hotel, guesthouse, inn, bed-and-breakfast, resort, motel or other accommodations, we've prepared our Pacific Coast Highway Hotels Guide. In it we do mini-reviews of accommodations along the Highway, from Seattle to San Diego, through Washington, Oregon, and California.

In all there are over 200 hotels listed, complete with 8 pages of color maps showing the towns where our recommended hotels can be found. There are both alphabetical and geographical indexes, helping you plan your journey.

We also include color photos of all the hotels that are our Personal Favorites. Here's the link to read more about our ebook guide to Pacific Coast Highway hotels.

KINDLE EDITION
The 2016 edition of our Hotels Guide is available with maps and color photos (if you have a color reader) in the US Kindle Store for only $4.99 and in the UK Kindle Store and other Kindle stores worldwide at prices based on the US price.

PAPERBACK EDITION
If you want a paperback edition of the 2016 guide  with only black and white photos and black-and-white maps, it costs $6.99 at the US Amazon Book Store and £4.99 in the UK Amazon Store.


We've also published our PCH Hotels Guide as an app in the Apple Store.
You can buy it here and
read about it here.



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