Pacific Coast Highway Travel
Planning Your PCH Road Trip

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.
Read Conde Nast Traveler

Get the information on making that PCH road trip right here.

Pacific Coast Highway Travel has:

and much more, here at Pacific Coast Highway Travel!

These are the Most Popular Pages
on Pacific Coast Highway Travel

Click on the Photos to Take You Straight There

Top Sights


Driving Advice


Where to Stay

Wine Country




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:


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:

Recent Articles

  1. Monterey Inn

    Mar 23, 18 02:26 PM

    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.

    Read More

  2. Drive the Pacific Coast Highwa

    Mar 20, 18 01:42 PM

    Here are the basic facts if you plan to drive the Pacific Coast Highway,including which direction,can you drive it in a rental car, how long will it take and when is the best time to go driving.

    Read More

  3. Driving the Pacific Coast Highway in Two Days

    Mar 20, 18 01:32 PM

    Pacific Coast Highway Travel's advice on driving the Pacific Coast Highway in two days, including the best places to stay, places to eat, and the best things to do and see.

    Read More

Find us on Google+

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.


Follow Us on Twitter

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.


Follow Me on Pinterest