Places along the
Pacific Coast Highway

The places along the Pacific Coast Highway range from remote beaches and pretty little towns to the big city vacation destinations of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. You might want to choose one of these airports as your gateway to make a fly-drive holiday along the west coast, taking in as much of Washington, Oregon, and California as time allows.

For the basic information about driving the highway,
take a look at our main driving page.

But if the thought of the big city breaks your heart, and you want to avoid the city traffic and busy places, don't worry. There are lots of beautiful small towns where you can make overnight stays. You could spend every night of your west coast vacation watching the sun set in the Pacific Ocean, and drive quickly by the big cities without stopping.

If you want to get an idea of what to expect from the Oregon coast, take a look at the great images on the
Photograph Oregon website.

And if your travel plans include the Oregon coast, suggestions for some fun stops can be found on the always helpful
Day Tripping in Oregon website.

Here are links to further sources of information for some of the main stops along the way, in alphabetical order with Washington first, then Oregon, and finally California. In some places the Chamber of Commerce has the best links to tourist information.

PCH Places in Washington

City of Aberdeen Official Website

Forks Chamber of Commerce

City of Hoquiam Official Website

City of Ilwaco Official Website

Long Beach:
Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau
     (and is this the longest beach in the USA?)

Olympic National Park
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Port Angeles:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Port Townsend City Guide

Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Destination Sequim with free travel planner

City of Westport Official Website

PCH Places in Oregon

Reviews 160x600

Astoria and Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

And see our page of recommended Astoria Hotels

Bandon Chamber of Commerce

City of Brookings Official Website

Cannon Beach:
Cannon Beach Chamber and Information Center

Coos Bay/North Bend/Charleston:
Oregon's Adventure Coast

Depoe Bay:
Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce

Helpful Visitor Information Website

Gold Beach:
City of Gold Beach Official Website

Lincoln City:
Lincoln City Official Website

Newport Official City Website

Pacific City:
Pacific City Chamber of Commerce

Port Orford:
Useful Visitor Information Website

Reedsport/Winchester Bay:
Chamber of Commerce

Seaside Visitors' Bureau

Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

PCH Places in California

Balboa Island:
Official Balboa Island website

Big Sur:
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce

Bodega Bay:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau

Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

City of Coronado Official Website

Crescent City:
City of Crescent City Official Website

Dana Point:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Del Mar:
Official City of Del Mar Visitors Website

City of Eureka Official Website

Fort Bragg:
Official Fort Bragg City Website

Half Moon Bay:
City of Half Moon Bay Official Website

Huntington Beach:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Laguna Beach:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

La Jolla:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Long Beach:
Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Los Angeles:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Morro Bay:
Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center

Newport Beach:
Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau

Pacific Grove:
Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

Pismo Beach:
See Our Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page for Pismo Beach

San Clemente:
Visitor Information Website

San Diego:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

San Francisco:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

San Luis Obispo:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

San Simeon:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Santa Barbara:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Santa Cruz:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Santa Monica:
Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

Pacific Coast Highway Travel Page

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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.

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. 

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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