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Port Townsend

Port Townsend is noted for its Victorian architecture, sits at the top of the Olympic Peninsula, close to the Olympic National Park and 55 miles from Seattle.

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Long Beach Peninsula

The Long Beach Peninsula in Washington runs north of Ilwaco and includes the towns of Long Beach, Nahcotta, Ocean Park, Oysterville and Seaview, and claims to have the longest beach in the USA.

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Forks Washington

Forks is a small city in Washington State, known as the gateway to the Olympic National Park, and as the home for the Twilight series of books and movies.

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Big Sur

Big Sur is the most scenic and dramatic stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway along the California coast, hemmed between mountains and ocean and with many hiking trails and state parks to explore.

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Depoe Bay

What to do in Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast in the Pacific Northwest, a little village that's noted for whale-watching, for its spouting horns and for having the smallest navigable harbor in the world.

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Weather on the Pacific Coast Highway

What is the weather on the Pacific Coast Highway like, when you're planning a drive along the Pacific coast?

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When Will Highway 1 Reopen

According to the latest estimates, Highway 1 or the Pacific Coast Highway will Reopen in mid-September, according to Caltrans.

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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway in Three Days

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

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Sonoma County Distilleries

Sonoma County is so associated with wine that it's easy to overlook the fact that it's also home to distilleries and cideries, and a whole host of craft breweries too. Here's a list of the main distillers in Sonoma County, what they make and whether they're open for visits.

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Hearst Castle Evening Tours

Hearst Castle Evening Tours are a magical way of visiting the former home of William Randolph Hearst on California’s Central Coast, and one of the best things to do along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Guide to the Olympic Peninsula

Moon's Spotlight Guide to the Olympic Peninsula covers hotels, restaurants, and sights, including Forks, the Olympic National Par,m the coast and beaches, the Hoh Rain Forest and other places.

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Good Cheap Motels in San Diego

Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends good cheap motels in San Diego including Super-8, Motel 6, Travelodge and Days Inn.

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Gold Beach Oregon Lodging

If you’re looking for good Gold Beach Oregon lodging check out the Tu Tu Tun Lodge a few miles inland along the Rogue River, not far from the Pacific Coast Highway on the Southern Oregon coast.

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Gardens Of the Pacific Coast Highway in California, Oregon, Washington

Plant lovers can visit hundreds of gardens along or near the Pacific Coast Highway,ranging from lush Washington gardens in the Pacific North-West to the desert blooms of southern California.

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Frommer's Guide to Seattle

The Frommer's Guide to Seattle for 2009 by Karl Samson has 274 pages of good information about the city and side excursions to the Olympic National Park and elsewhere, plus free city and area map.

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Frommers Guide to Oregon

The Frommer's Guide to Oregon by Karl Samson has 374 pages of good information on hotels, restaurants and what to see in Portland, the Willamette Valley, and along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Green Guide USA West

The Green Guide to the USA West from Michelin covers California, the Pacific North West, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, New Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, Hawaii, and even Kansas and Alaska.

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Franciscan Inn Santa Barbara

The historic Franciscan Inn in Santa Barbara, California, near the Pacific Coast Highway, is in a quiet location near the beach ideal for those driving PCH on a budget: free parking, wifi, breakfast.

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Florence Sea Lion Caves

The Florence Sea Lion Caves are one of the best wildlife attractions along the Pacific Coast Highway, north of Florence and south of Yachats on Oregon Coastal Highway 101.

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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway

Driving the Pacific Coast Highway is made easier with Road Trip USA by Jamie Jensen. Avalon Travel's guide to the PCH is a good handbook for the west coast drive from Seattle to San Diego.

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Dana Point Whale Watching

Check our report of Dana Point Whale Watching with a sunset cruise from Dana Wharf Sportsfishing and Whale Watching, looking for wildlife in southern California just off the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Dana Point Hotel

For a Dana Point hotel next to the beach and near the harbor for whale watching cruises, the Doubletree Suites by Hilton with its ocean views and close to the Pacific Coast Highway is hard to beat.

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Cycling the USA West Coast

Lonely Planet's Guide to Cycling the USA West Coast is a vital bicycling guidebook for anyone touring California, Oregon and Washington by bike, including a section on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

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Cheap Flights to Seattle

Cheap flights to Seattle with Southwest Airlines, SkyWest Airlines, Frontier, Horizon, JetBlue, AirTran and other carriers from San Diego, Denver, New York, Salt Lake City and other destinations.

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Cheap Flights to San Francisco

Cheap flights to San Francisco with Southwest Airlines, Virgin America, SkyWest, JetBlue and other airlines from Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, New York, Chicago, China, Amsterdam, London.

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Cheap Flights to San Diego

Cheap flights to San Diego International Airport with Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, WestJet and other airlines from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii.

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Cheap Flights to Los Angeles

Cheap flights to Los Angeles International Airport LAX with JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Virgin America, WestJet from San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle.

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California Driving Laws

If visiting California and planning to drive along the Pacific Coast Highway - or anywhere else - it's important to know California driving laws in case they differ from your own state.

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California Backroads

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 including scenic coast drives.

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Brewpubs and Good Beer on the West Coast USA

Brewpubs and good beer are at the heart of the Good Beer Guide to the West Coast USA. Published by CAMRA, it lists the best bars and breweries from Seattle to San Diego via San Francisco and LA.

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Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa

The Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa is north of San Francisco and near the Point Reyes National Seashore, a beautiful California coast hotel with Pacific Ocean views across a marshland bird sanctuary.

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Bicycling the West Coast in 1909: Two Wheels North

Two Wheels North: Bicycling the West Coast in 1909 by Evelyn McDaniel Gibb is the award-winning story of two young men who cycled the Pacific Coast from Santa Rosa to Seattle.

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Bicycling the Pacific Coast Book Review

Bicycling the Pacific Coast Book Review by Vicky Spring and Tom Kirkendall is a complete route guide for all cyclists planning to bike from Canada through Oregon, Washington & California to Mexico.

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Best San Francisco Hotel Restaurants

This best San Francisco hotel restaurants are included in the 2011 Zagat Guide to San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants, and the top romantic spots for honeymoons and special occasions.

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Best Hotels in Santa Monica with Spas

The best hotels in Santa Monica combine spa luxury with easy access to the beach, among them Shutters on the Beach, Fairmont Miramar, Casa del Mar and Merigot

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The 17-Mile Drive between Carmel, Pacific Grove, and Monterey

Pacific Coast Highway Travel takes the 17-Mile Drive from Carmel to Pacific Grove and Monterey, stopping to see the Lone Cypress and beautiful California coastline views.

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Huntington Beach Shuttle Bus

Visit Huntington Beach Relaunches Complimentary Shuttle Program with New Routes and Special Event Service

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Five Amazing Things to Do in Monterey

Check out these amazing things to do in Monterey, suggested by Visit California.

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May Events in San Francisco

San Francisco Events in May 2018: Mother's Day, Memorial Day Weekend, & Other Things to Do this Month

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The Perfect Day in Fisherman's Wharf

A Guide to Make the Most Out of Your Day in this Famous San Francisco District

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Ten Best California Beaches

Here is USA Today's pick of the ten best beaches in California, in their Readers' Choice Awards.

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Five Gray Whales Swim Side-By-Side

Wonderful aerial footage of 5 Gray Whales by Matt Larmand. Watch as two of the Gray Whales dive in synchronicity and turn upside down!

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The Perfect Day in Chinatown

How to Get the Most Out of Your Visit to this San Francisco Neighborhood

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Where to See California Wildflowers

California’s wildflower season begins in mid-March on the floors of Southern California’s vast deserts, and moves north through its great valleys, coastal plains, woodland foothills, and culminates high in its mountain meadows in late July. Time your visit carefully to the parks below to maximize your chances of seeing some brilliant blooms.

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12 Must-See Zoos and Aquariums

From rainforest canopies to luminous kelp beds teeming with sea life, California’s zoos and aquariums give you unforgettable glimpses of amazing animals in naturalistic habitats.

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Family Fun at Santa Monica Pier

Tucked between the exhibitionists on Venice’s Muscle Beach and the elegant beachfront hotels of Santa Monica, this pier sits at what was once the western end of the iconic Route 66—a paradise-like finale for the great American road trip.

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Monterey Inn

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.

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Drive the Pacific Coast Highwa

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.

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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway in Two Days

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.

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Recent Articles

  1. Port Townsend

    Aug 17, 18 04:39 AM

    Port Townsend is noted for its Victorian architecture, sits at the top of the Olympic Peninsula, close to the Olympic National Park and 55 miles from Seattle.

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  2. Long Beach Peninsula

    Aug 10, 18 08:16 AM

    The Long Beach Peninsula in Washington runs north of Ilwaco and includes the towns of Long Beach, Nahcotta, Ocean Park, Oysterville and Seaview, and claims to have the longest beach in the USA.

    Read More

  3. Forks Washington

    Jul 28, 18 01:09 PM

    Forks is a small city in Washington State, known as the gateway to the Olympic National Park, and as the home for the Twilight series of books and movies.

    Read More