Pacific Coast Highway Travel
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 re-opened in October 2017.

Not long after the bridge collapsed, a mudslide about 30 miles south of the bridge also closed another part of the highway, 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 mudslide, but if you don't mind retracing your steps a little you can still see almost all of the coast.

If you can delay your trip till later in 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 September 2017
Mudslide won't be cleared till summer 2018.
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Get the information on making that PCH road trip right here.

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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:









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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

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 2018 edition of our Hotels Guide is available for the Kindle, with maps and photos in color, if you have a color reader. You can buy it in the US Kindle Store and in the UK Kindle Store and around the world. 

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.


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