Where to stay when traveling the United States Pacific Coast Highway: advice on the best hotels, motels, inns, resorts, RV Parks, campsites and hostels in Oregon, Washington and California.
Top sights on the Pacific Coast Highway, those must-see attractions along PCH, include Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Monica Pier, Redwood National Park, Golden Gate Bridge.
Paso Robles Wine Tours include the excellent JUSTIN Vineyard, a tour of one of the first wineries in Paso Robles with visits to the cellars and a wine tasting in the tasting room and shop.
Olympic Peninsula wineries are not in the heart of Washington wine country but they produce fine wine and the vineyards near the Pacific Coast Highway and the Olympic National Park are worth a visit.
These Napa Valley Facts and Figures give statistics on California wine, Napa wineries, Napa grapes and vines, and the history of wine production in the best-known wine country in the USA.
Whale watching coupons offering a big discount are available now in Newport Beach for cheap whale watching cruises with Newport Landing Whale Watching.
Seeing a humpback whale in the Pacific Ocean off the coasts of California,Washington or Oregon is often the highlight of a whale-watching tour from one of the towns along the Pacific Coast Highway.
Santa Barbara whale watching cruises in southern California can be booked through Condor Express, with whale watching trips leaving from the harbor near Stearn’s Wharf.
San Diego whale watching tours in southern California, like this one from Hornblower Cruises, let visitors get up close to photograph and see gray whales, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife.
The Florence Sea Lion Caves are one of the best wildlife attractions along the Pacific Coast Highway, north of Florence and south of Yachats on Oregon Coastal Highway 101.
Check our report of Dana Point Whale Watching with a sunset cruise from Dana Wharf Sportsfishing and Whale Watching, looking for wildlife in southern California just off the Pacific Coast Highway.
The Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino on the California coast is an eco-resort with yoga classes and the award-winning Ravens Restaurant, featuring fine vegan and vegetarian cuisine.
There are many Santa Monica luxury hotels and while the Sheraton Delfina is not right by the beach it is only a few blocks back, and has a stylish and intimate feel with a great bar, pool, restaurant.
Pacific Coast Highway Travel's list of over 100 RV Parks in California, along or near to the Pacific Coast Highway, from San Diego in southern California to Crescent City near the Oregon border.
If looking for Paso Robles accommodation you could stay on a vineyard at the luxury JUST Inn Bed and Breakfast, in the grounds of the JUSTIN winery with its award-winning Deborah’s Room restaurant.
The Ocean Lodge in Cannon Beach, Oregon, is a romantic ocean front accommodation near the Pacific Coast Highway and Haystack Rock that is pet-friendly and family-friendly too.
The Napa Bed and Breakfast, 1801 First, is an award-winning b&b near the center of Napa, with good food, spa treatments available, and the perfect place for a romantic wine country getaway.
For a Moss Beach hotel just off the Pacific Coast Highway, the Seal Cove Inn offers good accommodation north of Half Moon Bay, minutes from the ocean in a quiet location and with lovely gardens.
The Laguna Beach inn and spa, Casa Laguna, is right on the Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California between San Diego and Los Angeles, with luxury rooms, swimming pool and real gourmet breakfasts.
The Grande Colonial La Jolla luxury hotel is downtown, close to restaurants and shopping, with historic charm, a highly acclaimed award-winning NINE-TEN restaurant and an AAA Four Diamond rating.
The Inn at Morro Bay offers accommodation right in Morro Bay State Park, close to beach and wildlife, with outdoor pool, good dining, just off the Pacific Coast Highway on California’s Central Coast.
If you’re looking for good Gold Beach Oregon lodging check out the Tu Tu Tun Lodge a few miles inland along the Rogue River, not far from the Pacific Coast Highway on the Southern Oregon coast.
The historic Franciscan Inn in Santa Barbara, California, near the Pacific Coast Highway, is in a quiet location near the beach ideal for those driving PCH on a budget: free parking, wifi, breakfast.
Of all Eureka inns, The Carter House Inns are the most romantic and historic, with one of the best restaurants in Northern California and just off the Pacific Coast Highway.
The historic Embassy Hotel Apartments in Santa Monica, California, has self-catering apartments and rooms close to downtown, near the beach and Santa Monica Pier with daily, weekly, monthly rates.
For a Dana Point hotel next to the beach and near the harbor for whale watching cruises, the Doubletree Suites by Hilton with its ocean views and close to the Pacific Coast Highway is hard to beat.
If you want a Carmel-by-the-Sea Inn that is close to the ocean then the Lamp Lighter Inn is as near as you can get if staying downtown, with Carmel Beach, shopping, and restaurants all close by.
This Carmel dog-friendly hotel, the historic Cypress Inn, is co-owned by movie legend Doris Day and offers luxury lodgings for pet-loving travelers (cats welcome too) in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
If you’re looking for a Cambria Lodging then the Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria is a few miles from San Simeon and Hearst Castle and has one of the best gardens along California’s Central Coast.
For Cambria accommodation on California Central Coast, not far from Hearst Castle, check out the Olallieberry Inn with private bathrooms, and one of the best breakfasts on the Pacific Coast Highway.
The Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa is north of San Francisco and near the Point Reyes National Seashore, a beautiful California coast hotel with Pacific Ocean views across a marshland bird sanctuary.
The Miramar Santa Monica's restaurant, FIG, had a rave review from the Los Angeles Times for its romantic dining and tasty food. FIG is near the Pacific Coast Highway in the Fairmont Miramar hotel.
Ravens' Restaurant in Mendocino at the Stanford Inn by the Sea is one of the top dining experiences on the California coast with gourmet vegan and vegetarian cuisine.
The best restaurants in Paso Robles definitely include Deborah’s Room, the gourmet fine dining restaurant at the JUST Inn Bed and Breakfast, part of the JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery.
The Pacific Coast Highway FAQ page includes driving help and travel advice for anyone planning to drive Highway 101 or the rest of the PCH through California, Oregon, or Washington.
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Things to Do in Barstow, California, include seeing the Route 66 Museum, the Main Street Murals, the historic Barstow Harvey House, the Western American Railroad Museum, and Desert Discovery Center.
If you’re looking for a Needles hotel resort then visit Pirate Cove Resort and Marina alongside Route 66 and the Colorado River, with pontoon rides on the river and an award-winning restaurant.
If you’re looking for a Barstow California hotel then the Hampton Inn is central and easy to find, not far from the Route 66 Museum and Historic Harvey House, and next door to the Tanger Outlet Mall.
Cheap flights to San Diego International Airport with Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, WestJet and other airlines from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii.
The Discover USA guidebook from Lonely Planet is a guide to the best of the United States including California, New York, the Grand Canyon and the Pacific Coast Highway in its Top 25 Attractions.
The Santa Barbara Guidebook from Moon Handbooks also covers California’s Central Coast with Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles wine country, Cambria, San Simeon, and Hearst Castle.
West Coast Road Eats is a road food guide covering the Pacific Coast from California through Oregon to Washington, giving the best road trip food stops along Highways 1, 99, and 101, and Interstate 5.
One of the best Pacific Northwest travel guidebooks is Hidden Pacific Northwest from Ulysses Press, essential for planning trips and tours in Washington, Oregon, Vancouver, Victoria, Coastal BC.
Northwest Wine Country: Wine's New Frontier is a food and wine lover's guide to vineyards, fine dining, accommodation, restaurants and recipes in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia.
This Napa and Sonoma Guidebook to California Wine Country is from the Moon Handbooks’ travel guide series with reviews of wineries and vineyards, hotels, restaurants, free tours and wine tastings.
The Michelin Green Guide California covers the whole state and is good on maps, the sights, major cities and towns, less good on hotels, restaurants, and the smaller out-of-the-way places.
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 ebook. In it we do mini-reviews of accommodations along the Highway, from Seattle to San Diego, through Washington, Oregon, and California.
The 2013 edition is available direct from us as an ebook. 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.
Or you can buy it here for $4.99
The 2013 edition of our Hotels Guide is also available with maps and color photos 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 2013 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