The most scenic and romantic road in the USA: what you need to know about traveling on the famous highway in California
Imagine shots from Hollywood movies: endless beaches, knocking down waves, cliffs crashing straight into the ocean, national parks with millennial sequoias. All this in one journey - along the most beautiful road in California, the author writes Ozon.Travel Blog on Yandex.Zen.
What you must see in California
The legendary SR1, or Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), stretches along the California coast for 1055 km. It is called the most picturesque and romantic road in the USA. It is breathtaking not from the wind, but from the amazing views.
Without stops, all the way along the road will take about 10 hours. But how can you not stop here? It is advisable to set aside 5–7 days for the trip, staying in cities, on observation platforms, and simply where your heart desires.
The most picturesque part of the California route - from San Francisco to Los Angeles. You can leave any city - it doesn’t matter if you are moving from north to south or vice versa.
В San Francisco You can also stay for a few days, but for sure you will first go to see the Golden Gate Bridge.
In the aristocratic Monterey You are waiting for yachts, sea lions on the pier, a cafe with seafood. If it seems too noisy, go a little further in Carmel - a charming village that looks like a postcard.
В Big Sur You will find those very bewitching landscapes that inspired Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac and thousands of hippies, artists and lovers of freedom.
After the bridge Bixby, one of the most famous and photographed bridges, you can continue the journey along the road or turn onto the old 18-kilometer Old Coast Road, which makes its way through forests, canyons and gives you picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. But keep in mind that during rains you should not drive along this road.
Elephant Rookery You are unlikely to miss the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery - there are a lot of cars and tourists, so this place is hard to miss.
У San simeon Do not be too lazy to turn inland to the Hearst Castle. 61 bedrooms, a swimming pool inside, stylized as ancient Roman baths, an antique gable by the pool overlooking the ocean, its own airfield and zoo - in a word, there is something to see.
Solang - Another reason to turn off with PCH. You absolutely do not expect to see a Danish village in California with all the attributes: toy houses, mills, traditional pastries, and even a copy of the Little Mermaid.
Santa Barbara it will surprise you with an unhurried and measured life under palm trees, many cafes where bartenders lazily rub their glasses.
But for outdoor enthusiasts, it’s ideal Ventura. Here you will find excellent surfing and many other entertainments.
Well, what is California without beautiful beaches. IN Malibu you will see kilometers of perfect dazzling beach.
By Los Angeles you definitely won’t pass and will definitely find something to have fun with.
What you need to know before traveling
Although this is a popular route, it can be difficult without proper preparation. Here's what travelers advise:
The best weather from spring to autumn, and the peak season is from April to August. In winter it is very windy, but from January to April you can see whales in the ocean. Check the weather here.
In winter, the villages blur the sections of the track, so it’s better check road conditions in advance. It can be done link.
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If you go on a winter trip, consider where you will stay. The sun sets early, better in advance plan overnight along the way.
Do not rent a car directly at the airport: in city agencies it will be cheaper. Car rental it will be more expensive if you leave it elsewhere (keep this in mind when planning your budget).
Fill up to maximumeven before you take the famous track. There are few gas stations here, and gasoline is very expensive.
There will be no normal shops along the road - only in cities. So that it is better to stock up with everything necessary in advance.
Some sections of the road are closed. So, if you turn to the beach to watch the sunset, it is better to return in the same way so as not to risk it.
If you know exactly where you will spend the night, book hotels in advance: on the spot will be more expensive. The standard rule works: the closer the hotel is to the beach, the higher the price.
Camping is not possible everywhere - after all, national parks. But there are official campsites, including on the coast.
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