Gardens of the
Pacific Coast Highway

California Poppies. Photo by Grace,

For plant lovers the Pacific Coast Highway is the road to some of the best gardens in the United States. The variety ranges from the lush gardens of the Pacific North-West to the desert blooms of southern California.

Here's a list of gardens along the west coast of the USA, which are on or near the Pacific Coast Highway. The worst driving diversions you'll have to make will be to navigate cities like San Diego and Los Angeles, to get to spectacular gardens like Balboa Park in San Diego or the stunning Huntington in San Marino, in north-east Los Angeles. Both are well worth the diversion.

No practical information on opening hours and prices is given here, because hours can change with the seasons and all the gardens listed have websites. Click on the link to visit the website and get driving directions and learn if there are any special garden events while you're in the area. The Pacific Coast gardens are listed alphabetically within each State: Washington, Oregon and California.


Bainbridge Island
The Bloedel Reserve

Bellevue Botanical Garden

Federal Way
Pacific Bonsai Museum

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Lakewold Gardens

Dunn Gardens

University of Washington Medicinal Herb Garden

Washington Park Arboretum

Washington Park Arboretum Japanese Garden

Woodland Park Rose Garden

Point Defiance Park

W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory


Coos Bay
Shore Acres Gardens/Shore Acres State Park


The Arboretum of Los Angeles County

Berkeley Rose Garden

Regional Parks Botanic Garden

University of California Blake Garden

University of California Botanical Garden

Beverly Hills
Virginia Robinson Gardens

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Corona Del Mar
Sherman Library and Gardens

El Cerrito
The Harland Hand Memorial Garden

Quail Botanical Gardens

Fort Bragg
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

The Fullerton Arboretum

La Cañada Flintridge
Descanso Gardens

Laguna Beach
Hortense Miller Garden

Long Beach
Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens

Los Angeles
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden

Menlo Park
Sunset Gardens

Morcom Rose Garden

Palo Alto
The Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Center

Palos Verdes Peninsula
South Coast Botanic Garden

Marin Art and Garden Center

San Diego
Balboa Park

San Francisco
Golden Gate Park

San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Marino
The Huntington

San Simeon
Hearst Castle Gardens

Santa Barbara
Ganna Walska Lotusland

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Cruz
University of California at Santa Cruz Arboretum

Santa Rosa
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens

Hakone Gardens

Villa Montalvo

Green Gulch Farm Zen Center

Walnut Creek
The Ruth Bancroft Garden

Filoli Gardens

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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.

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.

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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