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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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Cambria Lodging at the Cambria Pines Lodge

If you’re looking for a Cambria Lodging then the Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria is a few miles from San Simeon and Hearst Castle and has one of the best gardens along California’s Central Coast.

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Cambria Accommodation, The Olallieberry Inn

For Cambria accommodation on California Central Coast, not far from Hearst Castle, check out the Olallieberry Inn with private bathrooms, and one of the best breakfasts on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Barstow California Hotel: The Hampton Inn and Suites

If you’re looking for a Barstow California hotel then the Hampton Inn is central and easy to find, not far from the Route 66 Museum and Historic Harvey House, and next door to the Tanger Outlet Mall.

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Astoria Hotels near the Pacific Coast Highway in Oregon

Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews five Astoria hotels in the budget, moderate and expensive categories and all taken from their guide to PCH accommodation.

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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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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 National Park

Olympic National Park, west of Seattle in the Pacific Northwest, is one of the largest and least developed parks in the United States. The Pacific Coast Highway (U.S. 101) runs right around it.

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Laguna Beach

The Pacific Coast Highway goes right through Laguna Beach, a relaxed artsy beach resort town between Los Angeles and San Diego. Located about 80 miles from San Diego, its attractions include shopping, galleries, dining, and several beaches.

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Huntington Beach

The Pacific Coast Highway goes right through Huntington Beach, otherwise known as Surf City USA and a popular beach resort town between Los Angeles and San Diego. It's about 40 miles from LA and 90-100 miles from San Diego.

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Best West Coach Beaches

Lots of people have recently been choosing their Best West Coach Beaches, Best Beaches in the World and Best California Beaches so Pacific Coast Highway Travel has listed the best of the best.

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Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a delightful small town on the California coast roughly halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and noted for the huge Morro Rock.

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Mendocino

Mendocino in Mendocino County is a small but pretty California coastal town, popular with artists and with travelers. It has featured in many songs and movies, and the TV series Murder She Wrote.

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Balboa Park in Facts and Figures

Here are the facts and figures about Balboa Park in San Diego, which is bigger than New York's Central Park and contains 19 gardens, 17 museums and 14 restaurants.

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San Simeon

San Simeon is a tiny town of a few hundred people close to Hearst Castle on the California coast midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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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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Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay is a small California coastal town on the borders of Marin County and Sonoma County, and famous for being the filming location for Alfred Hitchcock's the Birds.

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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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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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7 Reasons to Visit San Diego in 2018

Reasons to Visit San Diego in 2018 include March Madness, Chicano Park Day and the Original Nerd Cuture Fest, Comic-Con.

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a small beach town on California's Central Coast, a resort famous for surfing and clams.

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Huntington Beach Events 2018

From the world’s largest surf competition to the biggest corgi celebration, here is our pick of some of the top Huntington Beach Events in 2018.

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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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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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Recent Articles

  1. The Perfect Day in Fisherman's Wharf

    Apr 24, 18 12:00 AM

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

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  2. Ten Best California Beaches

    Apr 18, 18 10:27 AM

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

    Read More

  3. Five Gray Whales Swim Side-By-Side

    Apr 17, 18 08:55 PM

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

    Read More

The Best PCH Guide
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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.

KINDLE EDITION
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. 

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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