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Where to Stay in Carmel

Pacific Coast Highway Travel's website recommendations on Where to Stay in Carmel include reviews of the Mission Ranch, Sea View Inn, The Cypress Inn, Lamp Lighter Inn and Vagabond's House Inn.

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Carmel Dog-Friendly Hotel

This Carmel dog-friendly hotel, the historic Cypress Inn, is co-owned by movie legend Doris Day and offers luxury lodgings for pet-loving travelers (cats welcome too) in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Pacific Coast Highway in California

Carmel on the Monterey coast stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway is known for artists and celebrity residents, but there's also a mission, beaches, historic houses, and abundant wildlife.

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Best Things to Do in Carmel

The best things to do in Carmel, California, just off the pacific Coast Highway, including visiting Carmel Mission, enjoying the beaches, Point Lobos State Reserve, 17-Mile Drive, and Tor House.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row is one of the top sights in Monterey and along the whole Pacific Coast Highway, with events, feeding times, and exhibits like the new Jellies Experience.

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Cannery Row in Monterey

To John Steinbeck Monterey's Cannery Row was a place of sardine canneries, bums and honky tonks. Today the Monterey Aquarium attracts visitors to this marine sanctuary, home to California sea lions.

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Culture Trails

Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews the book Culture Trails by Lonely Planet, which has a section on Vintage Hollywood alongside 51 other perfect weekends for culture lovers around the world.

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Jonathan Gold’s 2017 101 Best Restaurants In Los Angeles

LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold has published his 101 Best Restaurants List for 2017.

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Los Angeles

Travel information about Los Angeles if you're driving the pacific Coast Highway

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Vintage Hollywood

Vintage Hollywood in Los Angeles is an extract from the Lonely Planets book Culture Trails.

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Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Re-opens

See this piece from the Desert Sun for the latest news about driving the Pacific Coast Highway now the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge has re-opened.

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Olympic Peninsula Wineries

Olympic Peninsula wineries are not in the heart of Washington wine country but they produce fine wine and the vineyards near the Pacific Coast Highway and the Olympic National Park are worth a visit.

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Free San Francisco Kindle Guide to Free Attractions

101 free San Francisco attractions and things to do are in the Kindle guide, 101 Free Things to Do in San Francisco, in the Travel Free eGuidebooks series, reviewed by Pacific Coast Highway Travel

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Photos of the Golden Gate Bridge

A selection of the best Photos of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway Travel website, for travel and photographic inspiration.

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Big Sur: Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge to Re-open

Good news for Big Sur residents, businesses, and visitors: the sleepy town along Pacific Coast Highway, saddled with record rainfalls this winter, will open the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on October 13.

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Photos of Big Sur

Photos of Big Sur in California, the most dramatic and beautiful stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway

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Photographing the Pacific Coast Highway

Some advice about photographing the Pacific Coast Highway, and some of our favorite photos as inspiration for your own trip.

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Pacific Coast Highway Attractions

Pacific Coast Highway Attractions, those must-see sights along PCH, include Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Monica Pier, Redwood National Park, Golden Gate Bridge.

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Piedras Blancas Elephant Seals Beach

The Piedras Blancas Elephant Seals Beach is near Hearst Castle, San Simeon and Cambria on California’s Central Coast and is one of the very best things to do when driving the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Pacific Coast Highway Travel: Driving Advice for your PCH Road Trip

Travel planning and visitor information for the USA Pacific Coast Highway with free advice from two award-winning travel writers on driving, where to stay, what to see, places to go, where to eat.

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Highway 1 Won't Be Repaired Until Summer 2018

Read the news from Conde Nast Traveler

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Pictures of Santa Monica

Pictures of Santa Monica from Pacific Coast Highway Travel to help anyone thinking of staying in Santa Monica on their PCH drive.

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Epic Drives of the World

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.

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Big Sur Is Back in Business—and Better Than Ever

The idyllic corner of Southern California claims the best comeback story of 2017.

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Maps of the Pacific Coast Highway: Free Downloadable Driving Maps of the PCH

Road maps of the Pacific Coast Highway or PCH are essential for anyone planning to drive the trip, and detailed routes are available for free download via these links to the Mile by Mile website.

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Cycling Big Sur During the Closure

Now You Can Cycle ‘Big Sur Island’ on a Car-Free Stretch of California’s Pacific Coast Highway: Make the most of Big Sur’s road closures with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

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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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Top Wildlife Spots on the California Coast

Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends some of the top wildlife spots along the California coast.

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Pacific Coast Highway Wildlife: Whale-Watching Tours, Sea Lions, Wildlife Trips

The Pacific Coast Highway wildlife on and off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington is one of the highlights of any trip: go whale-watching, bird watching, see elephant seals and sea lions.

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Napa Wine Country Inn

The Napa Wine Country Inn and Gardens in St Helena, Napa Valley, overlooks a vineyard and has free wine tastings every evening, and offers guests help with booking wine tours.

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Napa Valley Facts and Figures

These Napa Valley Facts and Figures give statistics on California wine, Napa wineries, Napa grapes and vines, and the history of wine production in California’s main wine country.

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Napa and Sonoma Guidebook

This Napa and Sonoma Guidebook to California Wine Country is from the Moon Handbooks’ travel guide series with reviews of wineries and vineyards, hotels, restaurants, free tours and wine tastings.

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Napa Bed and Breakfast

The Napa Bed and Breakfast, 1801 First, is an award-winning b&b near the center of Napa, with good food, spa treatments available, and the perfect place for a romantic wine country getaway.

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Napa Valley Bed and Breakfast Inns

Ideas on where to stay when touring California's Napa Valley vineyards and wineries, including hotels, historic inns, a ranch, a resort and railway carriages!

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When to Drive the Pacific Coast Highway

When to Drive the Pacific Coast Highway depends on whether you want to drive in Oregon and Washington as well as California, and here's weather advice from Pacific Coast Highway Travel.

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You Can Still Take a Big Sur Road Trip This Year

You Can Still Take a Big Sur Road Trip This Year — Here’s How | Travel + Leisure http://ow.ly/TlpC30cV6WY

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California Camping Book Review

Pacific Coast Highway Travel's California Camping book review rates the 20th anniversary edition of Moon's complete guide to over 1400 tent and RV campgrounds.

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Olympic National Park Accommodation

Olympic National Park accommodation consists of campgrounds and trailer parks, and most visitors to the park stay in nearby lodges and resorts, or in the towns of Port Angeles and Forks.

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Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide

Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews an Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide published by the Beautiful Pacific Northwest website.

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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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Monterey, on the Pacific Coast Highway in California

Monterey in California is just off the Pacific Coast Highway and home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Cannery Row made famous by John Steinbeck, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Monterey State Historic Park.

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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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Monterey Boutique Hotel, the Hotel Pacific near Fisherman's Wharf

The Hotel Pacific is a Monterey boutique hotel in a good location close to Fisherman’s wharf and downtown restaurants and bars and with its own parking garage.

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Viceroy Santa Monica

The Viceroy Santa Monica hotel is one of Los Angeles' best, a favorite of celebrities like Dustin Hoffman, Sting, Demi Moore, and Leonardo DiCaprio, all seen in its Cameo Bar or Whist restaurant.

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Santa Monica Luxury Hotels

There are many Santa Monica luxury hotels and while Le Meridien Delfina is not right by the beach it is only a few blocks back, and has a stylish and intimate feel with a great bar, pool, restaurant.

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Santa Monica Hotel Shangri-La

The Santa Monica Hotel Shangri-La re-opens October 2008 near the Pacific Coast Highway. This historic art deco hotel on the Los Angeles, California, ocean-front has hosted presidents and movie stars.

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Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica in California, on the Pacific Coast Highway is famous for the Santa Monica Pier, and beaches. It's one of the best west coast vacation spots, with hotels, restaurants, surfing, museums.

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The Miramar Santa Monica Restaurant

The Miramar Santa Monica's restaurant, FIG, had a rave review from the Los Angeles Times for its romantic dining and tasty food. FIG is near the Pacific Coast Highway in the Fairmont Miramar hotel.

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Events in Santa Monica: Glow

Of all the events in Santa Monica, Glow must be the most amazing, an all-night celebration of temporary art and culture which is one of the largest public art events in the USA.

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Recent Articles

  1. Where to Stay in Carmel

    Nov 16, 17 11:44 AM

    Pacific Coast Highway Travel's website recommendations on Where to Stay in Carmel include reviews of the Mission Ranch, Sea View Inn, The Cypress Inn, Lamp Lighter Inn and Vagabond's House Inn.

    Read More

  2. Carmel Dog-Friendly Hotel

    Nov 16, 17 11:40 AM

    This Carmel dog-friendly hotel, the historic Cypress Inn, is co-owned by movie legend Doris Day and offers luxury lodgings for pet-loving travelers (cats welcome too) in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

    Read More

  3. Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Pacific Coast Highway in California

    Nov 16, 17 11:33 AM

    Carmel on the Monterey coast stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway is known for artists and celebrity residents, but there's also a mission, beaches, historic houses, and abundant wildlife.

    Read More

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

PCH Travel's 2016 guide to Pacific Coast Highway hotels

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 2016 edition of our Hotels Guide is available with maps and color photos (if you have a color reader) in the US Kindle Store for only $4.99 and in the UK Kindle Store and other Kindle stores worldwide at prices based on the US price.

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.


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