Cycling the
Pacific Coast Highway

Cycling on the Oregon coast at sunset

Cycling the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most amazing cycling experiences in the world.

From the Canadian border to the border with Mexico, the routes take you on the highways and the byways through over 1700 miles of magnificent West Coast scenery.

Cycling the Highway is a challenge, but it can be done in about 40 days by anyone who is reasonably fit and at home in the saddle. That's an average of about 40-50 miles a day, though some days will be shorter and some days longer, depending on the breaks you take and the accommodation options you're looking for. 

But if you have the time to take a slower pace then do it. Leave yourself more time to enjoy the magnificent West Coast scenery and the attractions you'll see on the way:


You'll want to know where to stay, from historic inns and guesthouses to hotels, motels, hostels, and campsites.

There's some basic advice on which way to travel and why, on the stretches where you'll have to cycle along the main Highway, and the places where there are established cycle routes. But even if you don't have the time or the energy to cycle the whole of the route in one memorable journey, you can always do a short stretch or two as part of your West Coast vacation.

You can also stop off and enjoy cycling in some of the towns and cities you'll see on the way. For some inspiration, read Rich Grant's account of Cycling Round San Francisco Bay.

In Southern California, the Pacific Coast Highway follows the old historic 101 route through the San Diego area. This cycling-friendly area has great views, interesting things to do and nice beaches. For more information, see Biking in San Diego.

If you want information from someone who's cycled the Pacific Coast Highway, visit the Crazy Guy on a Bike website. 

Here's a cool (if long) video on what it's like to cycle
from Santa Monica to Malibu:








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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.