Places along the
Pacific Coast Highway

The places along the Pacific Coast Highway range from remote beaches and pretty little towns to the big city vacation destinations of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. You might want to choose one of these airports as your gateway to make a fly-drive holiday along the west coast, taking in as much of Washington, Oregon, and California as time allows.

For the basic information about driving the highway,
take a look at our main driving page.

But if the thought of the big city breaks your heart, and you want to avoid the city traffic and busy places, don't worry. There are lots of beautiful small towns where you can make overnight stays. You could spend every night of your west coast vacation watching the sun set in the Pacific Ocean, and drive quickly by the big cities without stopping.

If you want to get an idea of what to expect from the Oregon coast, take a look at the great images on the
Photograph Oregon website.

And if your travel plans include the Oregon coast, suggestions for some fun stops can be found on the always helpful
Day Tripping in Oregon website.

Here are links to further sources of information for some of the main stops along the way, in alphabetical order with Washington first, then Oregon, and finally California. In some places the Chamber of Commerce has the best links to tourist information.

PCH Places in Washington

Aberdeen:
City of Aberdeen Official Website

Forks:
Forks Chamber of Commerce

Hoquiam:
City of Hoquiam Official Website

Ilwaco:
City of Ilwaco Official Website

Long Beach:
Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau
     (and is this the longest beach in the USA?)

Olympic National Park
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Port Angeles:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Port Townsend City Guide

Seattle:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Sequim:
Destination Sequim with free travel planner

Westport:
City of Westport Official Website


PCH Places in Oregon

Reviews 160x600

Astoria:
Astoria and Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

And see our page of recommended Astoria Hotels

Bandon:
Bandon Chamber of Commerce

Brookings:
City of Brookings Official Website

Cannon Beach:
Cannon Beach Chamber and Information Center

Coos Bay/North Bend/Charleston:
Oregon's Adventure Coast

Depoe Bay:
Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce

Florence:
Helpful Visitor Information Website

Gold Beach:
City of Gold Beach Official Website

Lincoln City:
Lincoln City Official Website

Newport:
Newport Official City Website

Pacific City:
Pacific City Chamber of Commerce

Port Orford:
Useful Visitor Information Website

Reedsport/Winchester Bay:
Chamber of Commerce

Seaside:
Seaside Visitors' Bureau

Tillamook:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page


PCH Places in California

Balboa Island:
Official Balboa Island website

Big Sur:
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce

Bodega Bay:
Bodega Bay Area Website

Cambria:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Carlsbad:
Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau

Carmel-by-the-Sea:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Coronado:
City of Coronado Official Website

Crescent City:
City of Crescent City Official Website

Dana Point:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Del Mar:
Official City of Del Mar Visitors Website

Eureka:
City of Eureka Official Website

Fort Bragg:
Official Fort Bragg City Website

Half Moon Bay:
City of Half Moon Bay Official Website

Huntington Beach:
Official Surf City USA Visitor Website

Laguna Beach:
Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau

La Jolla:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Long Beach:
Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mendocino:
Local and Very Thorough Website

Monterey:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Morro Bay:
Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center

Newport Beach:
Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau

Pacific Grove:
Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

Pismo Beach:
Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce

San Clemente:
Unofficial but Detailed Visitor Information Website

San Diego:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

San Francisco:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

San Luis Obispo:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

San Simeon:
San Simeon Chamber of Commerce

Santa Barbara:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Santa Cruz:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Santa Monica:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Ventura:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page






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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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