Pacific Coast Highway – Worth the Drive

February 10, 2012 by

Day Trips, Free Things To Do, Local Recommendations, Things To Do

Pacific Coast Highway. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Pacific Coast Highway. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

True, the Pacific Coast Highway doesn’t belong to just Los Angeles, but if you happen to be in town, you must check it out. The 1 (as it’s familiarly  known) cuts a line right along the sparkling Pacific and directly through Malibu, and the sight is something to behold. When the cliffs are the only thing separating the road from the ocean and surfers ply the water down below, the only thing left to do is turn the music up, roll the windows down, and say “Hello, California!”

Thing to note: when asking for directions, locals never call it the Pacific Coast Highway as it’s commonly referred to as the PCH, though it matters little. People flock to the PCH because it embodies the California lifestyle. When touring via the PCH, remember this is why you’re here in the first place: the sunshine, the unbelievable ocean and the salty air. You’ll see everything from beach-bums to world-class surfers on your tour, and the road goes on and on.

As far as the LA segment is concerned, the drive starts just north of Huntington Beach and continues through Los Angeles to Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Marina del Rey and onto Santa Monica and Malibu. All are beautiful and unique places to stop, yet all have their share of pluses and minuses. Just remember: Pacific Ocean on your left, you’re headed north; Pacific Ocean on your right, you’re headed south. The rest, my friends, is up to you.

- Hudson

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