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Our Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway guides include our own printed book and ebook guides to the best hotels along the PCH, available in paperback, PDF and Kindle formats.
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 ebook. In it we do mini-reviews of accommodations along the PCH, from Seattle to San Diego, through Washington, Oregon, and California.
In all there are well over 200 hotels listed, complete with several 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.
The 2021 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.
We obviously can't list every one of the thousands of hotels between San Diego and Seattle, but instead we've chosen a cross-section in different price ranges in or near the main places along the PCH. We've included as many historic or unusual hotels as we can, all of which are likely to make your overnight stay memorable in some way. We've mostly avoided chains like Motel-6 and Days Inn, of which there are many along the coast. We've nothing against them and have often stayed on them when on the road, but we figure most people can probably find those places for themselves.
In the major cities of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, there are far more hotels than we can hope to cover. Instead we've given a few reliable suggestions in the different price ranges of hotels that we think stand out from the crowd. It can be hard to find budget accommodations in the major cities, but we’ve found a few that manage to be both good and inexpensive.
We've listed accommodation under three simple headings – Budget, Moderate, and Expensive. We've not given specific prices, as these can change enormously from season to season. Also, if you visit a hotel website or check on websites like TripAdvisor or Expedia, you might get special deals which turn an Expensive hotel into a Moderate one or a Moderate into a Budget. In addition, some places have a range of rooms and prices that can vary widely. By and large, though, we're reckoning under about $120 per room per night is Budget, $120-200 is Moderate, and over $200 is Expensive.
We've called it a guide to hotels to keep it simple, but the ebook also includes motels, resorts, inns, guesthouses, bed-and-breakfasts, motels – anywhere you might want to stay while driving the Pacific Coast Highway.
Hotel Contact Details
We've given the website, address, and phone number for each hotel we've listed. If you're planning your trip we assume you'll have internet access and can take a look at the hotel's own website. If you're on the road and have this ebook on your laptop, then you'll need the phone number and address in case you don't have an internet connection.
How the Ebook is Organized
We've done the main listings purely in alphabetical order. The advantage of an ebook is of course that you can search it easily. If you're heading for Cambria and want to know where to stay, just search for 'Cambria' and go straight to that page. We’ve also provided eight maps that will be useful whether you plan to drive north-south or south-north - a geographical index in addition to the alphabetical index.
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Northwest Wine Country is a food and wine lover's guide to vineyards, fine dining, accommodation, restaurants in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia.
Some of the best California Backroads are included in Backroads of the California Coast, with 24 highly recommended driving tours off the Pacific Coast Highway.
The Pacific Coast Highway in California book shows in historic photos the building of the Pacific Coast Highway from its earliest beginnings in 1911.
Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews the Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip Guide book covering the drive from Vancouver to San Diego.
The Best Coast is a west coast travel guide, sub-titled A Road Trip Atlas it doesn't use photos but instead has hundreds of beautiful illustrations.
Moon's Spotlight Guide to the Olympic Peninsula covers hotels, restaurants, and sights, including Forks, the Olympic National Park and other places.
Epic Drives of the World from Lonely Planet describes 50 of the world's most exciting road trips, including, of course, the Pacific Coast Highway.
This John Steinbeck California Guide, A Journey into Steinbeck's California, shows readers how towns like Monterey, Carmel and Salinas influenced the author.
Lighthouses of the Pacific Coast, published by Voyageur Press, is a guide in words and pictures to historic lighthouses along the Pacific Coast Highway.
Vintage Hollywood in Los Angeles is an extract from the Lonely Planets book Culture Trails.
Lonely Planet's Guide to Cycling the USA West Coast is a bicycling guidebook for anyone touring California, Oregon and Washington by bike.
Plant lovers can visit hundreds of gardens along or near the Pacific Coast Highway,ranging from lush gardens in the Pacific North-West to southern California.
The Green Guide to the USA West from Michelin covers California, the Pacific North West, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, New Mexico, and even Kansas and Alaska.
The Frommer's Guide to Seattle has good information about the city and side excursions to the Olympic National Park and elsewhere, plus free city and area map.
One of the best California coast guides is the California Coastal Access Guide, describing the coast’s beaches, National Parks, State Parks, with many maps.
The Napa and Sonoma Guidebook to California Wine Country is from the Moon Handbooks’ travel guide series with reviews of wineries,vineyards, and wine tastings.
Greetings from California is a beautiful coffee-table book which describes the legends, landmarks and lore of California, including the Pacific Coast Highway.
One of the best guides to West Coast RV Parks, covering campgrounds in California, Oregon, and Washington, is West Coast RV Camping from Moon Guides.
West Coast Road Eats is a road food guide covering the Pacific Coast from California through Oregon to Washington, giving the best road trip food stops.
The Washington State travel guide from Frommer's covers hotels in Seattle, driving the Pacific Coast Highway, Olympic National Park, where to eat and more.
Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews an Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide published by the Beautiful Pacific Northwest website.
California Living and Eating by Eleanor Maidment is a handsome coffee table book celebrating the food and lifestyle of the Golden State with 80 tasty recipes.
Pacific Coast Highway Travel's book review of Insider's Guide to San Francisco guidebook by Jill Loeffler, publisher of the San Francisco Tourism Tips website.
The Michelin Guide to California is a gourmet's guide to the best restaurants along the Pacific Coast Highway and elsewhere in California.
The guide to California Bed and Breakfast Inns lists over 250 boutique hotels, wine country cottages and more.
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