Drive the Pacific Coast Highway

Explore the stunning California coastline on one of the most scenic drives in the world, starting in San Francisco and ending in San Diego. The 951 kilometre highway is a legendary drive that takes roughly 15 hours to complete, but there are so many amazing things to see on the way that most make it into a week journey. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the diverse geography, travelling through the mountains, towering trees, stunning beaches and small seaside villages.

As you work your way down this famous highway, which boasts some of the most extraordinary views in the United States, you’ll pass through 10 of the most appealing cities and towns in California. After setting out from San Francisco you’ll reach the redwood forests surrounding Santa Cruz, then continue heading south to the rugged coastlines of Monterey and Big Sur. From there, visit the  lagoons and bird-rich saltwater marsh of Morro Bay, historic missions in San Luis Obispo, and picturesque towns of Los Olivos and Solvang. Stop and try local wines and seasonal cuisine in beachside Santa Barbara before driving down to the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles. The last stop is the culturally diverse San Diego, which is the perfect way to end this spectacular coastal drive.

Getting there

It only takes 15 minutes to drive from the San Francisco International Airport to the city centre, which receives flights from all over the world via popular Airline including Air Canada, WestJet, Air Transat. Once in the airport, take the AirTrain Blue Line to the Rental Car Center where there are counters for various car rental companies. The Pacific Coast Highway starts on the east end of the city, which is the first stop on the drive. Once you end your journey, the airport will be 4.8 kilometres northwest of Downtown San Diego. Return your car at the at the Consolidated Rental Car Center and take the free shuttle bus to the terminal. San Diego International Airport offers flights to cities all across the US and Canada, as well as to London, Frankfurt, Zurich and Tokyo.