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.
Sep 20, 18 06:58 AM
The places along the Pacific Coast Highway include big city vacation destinations like Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles & San Diego, and other attractions such as Santa Barbara and Monterey.
Aug 17, 18 04:39 AM
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Aug 10, 18 08:16 AM
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