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Traveling Along Route 1 in California

Updated on July 11, 2014

The Road Trip of a Lifetime!

If you are ever considering taking a road trip in California, I would encourage you to take the California State Hwy 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway. It will be a slightly longer drive, but you will not regret your time on the 1. The California Hwy 1 is built right along the entire California coast and while the route sometimes runs inland, Pacific Ocean is in view a majority of the time. You might think miles and miles of beaches and Ocean views would be boring, but that is far from the case. The sights from the highway and from designated “Vista Points” along the way are unbelievably incredible and serve as great reminder of what a great creator we have. In addition, there are some fantastic opportunities to view wildlife. Finally, the coastal towns are quaint and welcoming; they are great places to find seaside lodging or a nice meal.

While there are some attractions in the coastal towns, the main purpose of driving on the 1 should be for the views. I could write pages about the drive and things you can do, but what would take decades to write about I can show in some incredible photos I have of the coast and the picturesque scenery. Below, I have posted a number of pictures that I think you will find to be quite remarkable. If you do plan to take a trip up or down the 1, try to make a stop by your local AAA office or travel agency to pick up some maps and travel guides that will help you get the most out of your trip. In addition to the pictures below, I have listed a few points of interest that I you might find enjoyable. There are also a few web links that might be useful. Have fun touring California!

The Views Never Get Old

Sea Lion viewing area near Carpentaria State Beach
Sea Lion viewing area near Carpentaria State Beach
Sea Elephants near San Simeon, CA
Sea Elephants near San Simeon, CA

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A Few Points of Interest

Sea Elephant Viewing Area – located 7 miles north of San Simeon. Also very near San Simeon is the famous Hearst Castle and Hearst State Park.,

Sea Lion and seals can be seen near Santa Barbara at Carpentaria State Beach during winter and spring months.

Golden Gate Bridge and Recreation Area -,

Many, Many Beautiful State Beaches. Visit the California State Parks Website to Find Details on the various parks and beaches.

Don't Stop Here!

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Visit Jason Matthews Travel for more travel articles and read the excellent work of other hubbers at the Hubpages "Travel and Places" page. Thanks for reading; enjoy your time cruising on California's Hwy 1!


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We have been on parts of that highway and agree with you that it is totally worth the extra time it takes to drive it because of the spectacular scenery around every twist and turn in the road. Would love to spend more time seeing different parts of it someday while on vacation. Up, useful and interesting. I also liked your photos.

    • GetitScene profile image

      Dale Anderson 

      8 years ago from The High Seas

      I'm going to view the elephant seals!

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      Walter Neal 

      8 years ago

      I have fond memories of this highway taking several trips in the 80's with my future spouse at the time. Great pictures!

    • baygirl33 profile image


      8 years ago from Hamilton On.


      Thanks for sharing that lovely highway.

      Some day I may look for it.

    • WillStarr profile image


      10 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      In the 60's, we had the choice of 101 or Highway 1 driving fom LA to the Bay Area. There was no I-5. We usually chose the coast highway because it was always an adventure.

      Fine Hub!

    • Jason Matthews profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Matthews 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks James! Driving along that road is a wonderful experience.

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      I have long wanted to make this drive. I know it is incredibly beautiful. Thanks for the report and the fine photos.

    • Jason Matthews profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Matthews 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks! Yes, this is really a beautiful drive. Well worth the extra time it takes!

    • Don Simkovich profile image

      Don Simkovich 

      10 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Excellent Hub! Nice photos and especially nice shots of the sea lions.

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      10 years ago

      I did this once many years ago and I agree is well worth the trip. The images look great - the cliffs and blue ocean are spectacular in Summer on Hwy one.


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