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Photographing the Pacific Coast Highway

Some advice about photographing the Pacific Coast Highway, and some of our favorite photos as inspiration for your own trip.

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Top Wildlife Spots on the California Coast

Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends some of the top wildlife spots along the California coast.

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Pacific Coast Highway Wildlife: Whale-Watching Tours, Sea Lions, Wildlife Trips

The Pacific Coast Highway wildlife on and off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington is one of the highlights of any trip: go whale-watching, bird watching, see elephant seals and sea lions.

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Napa Wine Country Inn

The Napa Wine Country Inn and Gardens in St Helena, Napa Valley, overlooks a vineyard and has free wine tastings every evening, and offers guests help with booking wine tours.

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Napa Valley Facts and Figures

These Napa Valley Facts and Figures give statistics on California wine, Napa wineries, Napa grapes and vines, and the history of wine production in California’s main wine country.

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Napa and Sonoma Guidebook

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.

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Napa Bed and Breakfast

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.

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Napa Valley Bed and Breakfast Inns

Ideas on where to stay when touring California's Napa Valley vineyards and wineries, including hotels, historic inns, a ranch, a resort and railway carriages!

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When to Drive the Pacific Coast Highway

When to Drive the Pacific Coast Highway depends on whether you want to drive in Oregon and Washington as well as California, and here's weather advice from Pacific Coast Highway Travel.

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You Can Still Take a Big Sur Road Trip This Year

You Can Still Take a Big Sur Road Trip This Year — Here’s How | Travel + Leisure http://ow.ly/TlpC30cV6WY

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California Camping Book Review

Pacific Coast Highway Travel's California Camping book review rates the 20th anniversary edition of Moon's complete guide to over 1400 tent and RV campgrounds.

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Olympic Peninsula Wineries

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.

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Olympic National Park Accommodation

Olympic National Park accommodation consists of campgrounds and trailer parks, and most visitors to the park stay in nearby lodges and resorts, or in the towns of Port Angeles and Forks.

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Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide

Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews an Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide published by the Beautiful Pacific Northwest website.

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Guide to the Olympic Peninsula

Moon's Spotlight Guide to the Olympic Peninsula covers hotels, restaurants, and sights, including Forks, the Olympic National Par,m the coast and beaches, the Hoh Rain Forest and other places.

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Monterey, on the Pacific Coast Highway in California

Monterey in California is just off the Pacific Coast Highway and home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Cannery Row made famous by John Steinbeck, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Monterey State Historic Park.

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Monterey Inn

For a Monterey Inn just off the Pacific Coast Highway in California, the Mariposa Inn and Suites is hard to beat, providing good accommodation close to PCH.

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Monterey Boutique Hotel, the Hotel Pacific near Fisherman's Wharf

The Hotel Pacific is a Monterey boutique hotel in a good location close to Fisherman’s wharf and downtown restaurants and bars and with its own parking garage.

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Viceroy Santa Monica

The Viceroy Santa Monica hotel is one of Los Angeles' best, a favorite of celebrities like Dustin Hoffman, Sting, Demi Moore, and Leonardo DiCaprio, all seen in its Cameo Bar or Whist restaurant.

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Santa Monica Luxury Hotels

There are many Santa Monica luxury hotels and while Le Meridien 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.

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Santa Monica Hotel Shangri-La

The Santa Monica Hotel Shangri-La re-opens October 2008 near the Pacific Coast Highway. This historic art deco hotel on the Los Angeles, California, ocean-front has hosted presidents and movie stars.

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Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica in California, on the Pacific Coast Highway is famous for the Santa Monica Pier, and beaches. It's one of the best west coast vacation spots, with hotels, restaurants, surfing, museums.

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The Miramar Santa Monica Restaurant

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.

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Events in Santa Monica: Glow

Of all the events in Santa Monica, Glow must be the most amazing, an all-night celebration of temporary art and culture which is one of the largest public art events in the USA.

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California Coast Hotels and Inns, Guesthouses, B&Bs, and Other Places to Stay

The California Coast's hotels, inns, guesthouses, b&bs and other places to stay include 5-star luxury hotels and resorts, motel chains like Motel 6, Super 8, and Days Inn, and RV parks and camping.

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Best Hotels in Santa Monica with Spas

The best hotels in Santa Monica combine spa luxury with easy access to the beach, among them Shutters on the Beach, Fairmont Miramar, Casa del Mar and Merigot

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Whale Watching from the San Diego Shoreline

Whale watching trips and tours in San Diego are one of the southern California city's prime vacation activities,but you can also watch the whale migration from the San Diego shoreline too.

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SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld in San Diego California is the original marine theme park, featuring Shamu the Orca killer whale, dolphins, shark encounters, manatee rescue, and Journey to Atlantis.

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San Diego

San Diego in southern California is one of the west coast's hottest travel destinations. Check Pacific Coast Highway Travel's visitor information, city hotels and restaurants, and best things to do.

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San Diego Whale Watching

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.

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San Diego Things to Do

Things to do in San Diego include visiting the world famous San Diego Zoo, touring the city's outstanding Wild Animal Park, whale-watching, visiting museums, beaches, restaurants and nightlife.

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Cheap Flights to San Diego

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.

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Where to Stay in San Diego

Pacific Coast Highway Travel's website recommendations on Where to Stay in San Diego include reviews of budget and luxury hotels in downtown San Diego and on Coronado Island

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The Royal Family in California

A look at the British royal family in California, when Edward VIII and Wallace Simpson stayed at the Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island near San Diego

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Pacific Coast Highway Moon Guide

Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews the Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip guide from Moon covering California, Oregon and Washington

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Paso Robles Accommodation

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.

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Deborah's Room Review, Paso Robles Restaurant

Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews Deborah’s Room, the gourmet fine dining restaurant at the JUST Inn Bed and Breakfast, and one of the best restaurants in Paso Robles.

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Books About the Pacific Coast Highway: Guidebooks, Restaurants, Food and Wine

Reviews of books that deal with the Pacific Coast Highway through California, Oregon and Washington including travel guidebooks, route guides, restaurant guides, books about wildlife and many more.

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Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip Guide

Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews the Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip Guide book covering the drive from Vancouver to San Diego.

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Visiting Balboa Park

Visiting Balboa Park is one of the best things to do in San Diego, California, as the park is home to San Diego Zoo, several museums, and beautiful gardens.

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Top 10 things to do and see in San Diego, California

Read The Travel Magazine's choice of the Top 10 things to do and see in San Diego, California

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10 Restaurants You Can't Miss in Seattle Right Now

If you're visiting Seattle on your PCH trip here's 10 Restaurants You Can't Miss in Seattle Right Now

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Astoria Hotels near the Pacific Coast Highway in Oregon

Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews five Astoria hotels in the budget, moderate and expensive categories and all taken from their guide to PCH accommodation.

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Mark Knopfler on the Pacific Coast Highway

If you like Mark Knopfler (as we do) and you like the Pacific Coast Highway, you'll enjoy this official video about the making of the Shangri-La album.

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50th Anniversarty of the Summer of Love

Find out all the groovy things that are happening in San Francisco in 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love!

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How We Built Our Travel Website

How we built a travel website from nothing, using Site Build It to take care of the things we didn't know,and didn't want to know, leaving us free to write the content and do the traveling!

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Monterey Wine Country

Monterey wine country in California has been voted one of the world's best wine travel destinations by Wine Enthusiast magazine, the only California wine region to be included on the list.

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10 modernist architectural marvels on America's West Coast

We like this list of 10 modernist architectural marvels on America's West Coast, showing there's much more to the PCH drive than scenery and beaches!

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LA to Hearst Castle

Pacific Coast Highway travel offers advice on driving from LA to Hearst Castle, including distance, journey time, and route, whether taking the coastal route or driving the I-5 Interstate.

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Recent Articles

  1. Photographing the Pacific Coast Highway

    Jul 20, 17 12:23 PM

    Some advice about photographing the Pacific Coast Highway, and some of our favorite photos as inspiration for your own trip.

    Read More

  2. Top Wildlife Spots on the California Coast

    Jul 07, 17 05:01 AM

    Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends some of the top wildlife spots along the California coast.

    Read More

  3. Pacific Coast Highway Wildlife: Whale-Watching Tours, Sea Lions, Wildlife Trips

    Jul 07, 17 05:00 AM

    The Pacific Coast Highway wildlife on and off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington is one of the highlights of any trip: go whale-watching, bird watching, see elephant seals and sea lions.

    Read More

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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